When faced with an appeal, the most talented of trial lawyers recognize the need for a skilled, experienced appellate attorney. On appeal, the drama of a trial is gone. One’s audience is not a jury but a panel of judges whose knowledge of the case comes solely from the printed record and briefs. The written word is often a party’s only opportunity to convince the judges a reversible error has or has not occurred.
Likewise, appeals may involve unique, unresolved legal questions, commonly involving insurance policy interpretation and coverage issues. An attorney who specializes in researching and analyzing such issues is best equipped to devote the time and energy necessary for their persuasive presentation and favorable resolution. That attorney also offers a vital, fresh and objective perspective for trial lawyers who have immersed themselves in their clients’ causes.