Appellate Lawyer in Missouri

After serving as an Assistant Missouri Attorney General for over six years, John Reeves entered private practice in 2015 and opened his own firm in 2019.

Civil appeals are appeals of the record, and appellate judges are typically only interested in hearing evidence that relates to how and why a legal standard was applied incorrectly. After all, a civil appeal is an appeal that comes from either side of a civil case where an outcome was decided.

A civil appeal is different from a trial as it is mainly a paper appeal with potential arguments in front of judges on specific legal issues. Unfortunately, appeals are not in a vacuum-like trial; the decision on an appellate case can become binding law in the jurisdiction if the appellate judges find that the outcome is important towards public policy.

Trial attorneys put most of their focus in preparing how their cases are presented before a judge or jury and less of their focus on how their case would be presented on appeal. Having a civil appeals attorney on your trial case can benefit your case in more ways than one. If you are in need of a trial appellate attorney, or a civil appeals attorney, contact John Reeves today!

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Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Civil Litigation

Constitutional Law

Employment Discrimination

Insurance Coverage Disputes

Commercial Litigation

Insurance Coverage Disputes Appellate Lawyer

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.

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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.

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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.

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Constitutional Litigation

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.

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Commercial Appeals

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.

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Never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense

– Winston S. Churchill

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