Appellate Lawyer in Missouri
John Reeves founded Reeves Law LLC in 2019 to provide legal services as an appellate specialist. Over the past several decades, the legal industry has come to recognize that the skills required for briefing and arguing an appeal are different from—although complementary to—the skills required for litigating a trial. While litigating a trial requires a basic ability to conduct legal research and write motions, briefing an appeal takes legal research and writing to a much higher, more complex level. And unlike a trial, where counsel primarily focuses on developing the facts in the client’s favor through the introduction of evidence, an appeal requires counsel to focus on whether the trial court misapplied the law or erroneously stated the law. As such, the oral argument on appeal is extremely different from the opening and closing arguments at trial.
Given how an appeal requires a different set of legal skills from those required at trial, many clients and trial attorneys are recognizing the need to retain an appellate specialist to brief and argue their appeals. If a party lost at trial and is considering an appeal, an appellate specialist can also evaluate the case and advise both the party and trial counsel whether an appeal is worthwhile—including the relative risk, if any, involved in taking an appeal.
In addition, it is becoming increasingly common for clients and trial attorneys to retain an appellate specialist during the trial to advise on the proceedings. An appellate specialist can advise trial counsel on a variety of matters during the trial. This includes preserving objections for appeal, ensuring that the record is clear, assisting in the drafting of jury instructions, and assisting in the drafting of pre-verdict and post-verdict motions. This frees up trial counsel to do what it does best—develop a case’s facts—while providing the client with specialized representation on the case’s legal complexities. Even at the pre-trial dispositive motion stage (e.g., a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment), a need may exist for an appellate specialist to advise trial counsel on the requirements of such motions.
Reeves Law LLC fills all of the above needs.
Personal Injury Appeals
If the appellate court who hears your appeal finds that appropriate legal procedure and law was not followed in your case, then the appellate court can overturn the trial verdict. An appellate court can also find that the trial court did follow the law appropriately and can affirm the trial court verdict. Personal injury appeals are more limited than many realize. The only time that a retrial will happen is if there are specific reasons why the appellate court cannot make a final decision on the case. Since you only get one shot at an appeal, it is important to have an experienced appellate attorney on your side to give you the best chance at success.
Insurance Coverage Dispute Appeals
If you receive an unfavorable outcome in your insurance coverage disputes case, you can file an appeal with an appellate court to get the outcome overturned. Each of these decisions is appealable and can be reversed by an appellate court. When an attorney files a motion or makes an objection, they are making a record of the issues that become preserved for appeal. Appeals are different from trials as they are mainly won and lost on paper, from pointed legal research and effective legal writing and analysis. During an appeal, an appellate attorney will attempt to convince appellate judges that legal mistakes were made and that overturning the trial verdict is necessary for the interests of justice.
Employment Discrimination Appeals
Employment discrimination deals with any type of unfair treatment of an individual or class of people in the workplace due to a characteristic or trait. If you have received an unfavorable verdict in an employment discrimination case, then it is important to speak to an experienced employment discrimination attorney as soon as possible. Understanding your potential appellate issues is your first step towards filing a winning appeal. In Missouri state court, there are three appellate courts, the Eastern District, Western District, and Southern District. If your Missouri employment discrimination case originated near one of these cities, then your appeal is likely to be heard in the nearest appellate court.
Constitutional appeals are generally about public policy and the constitutionality of a law. During a constitutional appeal, appellate judges will seek to determine how the outcome of the case is affected by the Constitution. Constitutional appeals are different from trials. There is no option to have a new jury or a new trial at the appellate court level. Appellate courts have the power to affirm, reverse, or vacate the original outcome. An appellate court can also remand a case back to the trial court for further fact-finding proceedings if need be. It is important to have an experienced appellate lawyer who focuses on appeals due to their familiarity with how appellate judges will interpret the law.
Commercial law appeal includes appeals of business and corporate law trial verdicts. If you find yourself on the wrong end of a commercial litigation verdict, an appeal may be your best option. Commercial litigation includes cases that involve business disputes, breach of contract, and tortious interference with contract. If you are considering filing a commercial law appeal, then it is important to speak to an experienced appellate attorney as soon as possible. In an appeal, you must file a detailed brief that outlines where and how legal mistakes were made at the trial level. A proper appellate brief will include a complete explanation of the law that applies and legally supported arguments that back up your position.
Never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.
– Winston S. Churchill