Whether you want to challenge the results of a trial or need to defend your victory before an appellate court, your decision and approach should be balanced between the legal issues and financial realities of your case.
Appeals are expensive—and more so based upon how your attorney approaches the appeal. There is a wide gap between things you can argue on appeal and things you’re wasting your money arguing.
An appeal is not a second trial—the rules, process, and key considerations are very different. Often, something worth arguing at trial will be a waste of time (and money) on appeal—and weaken stronger arguments you may have. Based upon your approach, a “win” on appeal may result in a new trial, rather than an absolute victory. It is extremely important you speak to someone who is well-versed specifically with appeals.
Our lead appellate attorney has briefed and argued appeals before federal appellate and state supreme courts—against big law attorneys, including former judges and justices. Our firm recently filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, representing law professors in Jankovich v. ICG. We are well-versed in what makes a good appeal.
And we’re not shy about telling you when the chance of prevailing isn’t worth the attorney and filing fees you’ll need to pay to get there. Our business model is based upon our reputation; we have no interest in “winning” a case that isn’t worth the cost of doing so.
For more information about our appeals practice, and practical guidance on what to expect with an appeal, see Colorado Appeals Lawyer.