An appeal is the process of challenging the interlocutory or final determination of a trial court in a higher judicial forum. Effective appellate advocacy involves a different set of skills from those that are required for successful trial practice. Where trial practice focuses on developing and proving facts and persuading juries or a single judge, appellate practice focuses on identifying key questions of law, preparing detailed written briefs, and advocating to a panel of judges.
Aware that an appeal is not a second chance at trial, the appellate attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC have extensive experience pinpointing the legal and procedural issues that are most likely to be successful and effectively communicating those arguments to appellate courts. Our firm handles appeals of varying degrees of complexity, at all levels of the federal and state appellate courts, and in virtually all areas of substantive law and legal procedure.
The appellate attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC have successfully defended favorable rulings and challenged adverse judgments and orders issued at the trial level.