Appeals Attorney Birmingham- Why You Should Hire An Experienced Appellate Attorney
Winning or losing at trial does not necessarily mean your case is over. You or one of the other parties to the case may decide to appeal the Judge’s decision to a higher court. In the Alabama Court System, the proper venue would be an appeal to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals or the Alabama Supreme Court. When a case is appealed to a higher court, it is very important for you to have an experienced, knowledgeable appellate attorney representing you.
Alabama appellate attorney, Wendy Allison Reese has both experience and the specialized knowledge necessary to assist you in appealing to a higher court or to assist you in defending your trial court victory when the non-prevailing party chooses to appeal. Birmingham appeals attorney, Wendy Allison Reese has presented numerous appeals to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Wendy has extensive experience in both crafting well thought out appellate briefs and presenting continuing legal education seminars regarding appeals, how to write appeals and case law updates from decisions of the appellate courts in the State of Alabama. Wendy is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers.
As a litigant, you may not always be satisfied with the results you obtained in court. There are options and one of those options is to appeal to a higher court. An appeal from the decision of the lower court does not mean that your appellate attorney will conduct a new trial before the court of appeals. Instead, the appeal is based entirely on an analysis of the trial record, case law and statutory law. An appellate lawyer will analyze the court record, research the legal issues, and file written briefs with the appellate court to argue the legal position of their clients. A proper appellate brief requires excellent writing and persuasive skills and is a time-consuming process which requires hours of legal research and writing. When choosing an appeals attorney in Birmingham, it is crucial that you select an attorney with appellate experience that is willing to devote a significant amount of time to your case.
The appeals process is complex and you need a Birmingham appeals attorney with many years of experience in handling appeals. At WAR Law, we have been handling State and Federal, Criminal and Civil appeals since 1999. We handle all types of civil appeals and family law appeals including divorce appeals, child custody appeals, child support appeals, property division appeals and any other issues that may arise during a divorce case. Birmingham, Alabama appeals lawyer, Wendy Allison Reese has vast appellate knowledge and experience, attention to detail required in preparing an appellate brief, and litigation experience as well as appellate court experience which helps her to spot common trial pitfalls and errors that may be successful on appeal. Alabama appellate lawyer, Wendy Allison Reese understands the intricate appellate rules of procedure and the very strict time deadlines and will work with you in presenting a detailed, logical, well reasoned case to the appellate court. All decisions in your case are crucial starting with your decision whether to file an appeal. It is imperative that you hire an attorney with extensive civil appeals’ experience, such as Wendy Allison Reese, that can evaluate what happened at trial and what went wrong such as an improper ruling on an objection or the misapplication of the law to your situation. You need a Birmingham appeals attorney who can competently research the law, apply it to your situation and present a well-reasoned argument to the appeals court. It is important to understand that an appeal is very different from your trial and that your appeal requires a very different type of lawyer. You need an experienced Alabama appellate lawyer.
In Alabama, all state court appeals are decided by appellate courts located in Montgomery, Alabama. Depending on the situation, a case could be reviewed by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, or the Alabama Supreme Court. Lawyers writing appellate briefs must follow the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure. These rules are very specific and failure to follow these rules may result in your appeal being dismissed without the court of appeals considering the merits of your case. This is one reason why it is imperative you hire an appellate attorney who is experienced in appellate practice.
As mentioned previously, your case on appeal will proceed in a very different manner than your case at the trial level. In most appellate cases, the appeals court will issue its ruling based solely on the written briefs submitted by the appellate attorneys without the lawyers or the clients going to court. In rare instances, the appellate court will set an appellate matter for oral argument. Appeals are not heard for oral argument unless the case is a death penalty case or unless it involves a complex legal issue or an issue that has not been decided by the appellate court in Alabama. It is extremely important that your appellate lawyer be able to effectively present your case through well reasoned, written, legal argument supported by sound legal research.
At the Law Offices of Wendy Allison Reese, LLC, our appellate practice comprises approximately 40% of our practice. At WAR Law we will listen to your assessment of the events at trial, we will review the transcript of the trial proceedings and we will honestly discuss all potential appeal issues that we see that could result in a victory on appeal. WAR Law is a statewide appellate law practice meaning we accept cases for appeal from all over the state of Alabama.
Please call us today at (205) 402-2009 or send us an email to WendyReese2001@yahoo.com to schedule a consultation regarding your appellate needs. If you are viewing our website on a handheld device click (205) 402-2009 to call or click WendyReese2001@yahoo.com to send an email.