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Appellate Litigation Attorneys in San Diego

Appeal a Ruling on Your Case

After you have jumped through all the hoops of building an argument and stating your case, a denial or unfavorable ruling can be a huge blow. You may feel discouraged but do not lose hope before contacting a San Diego appellate attorney. At Jacobs & Schlesinger, we offer appellate litigation services to help you fight a ruling and seek a positive resolution.

Schedule a case evaluation today by contacting us online or calling (619) 900-6778.

How and When Our Appellate Team Can Help You

An appeal typically occurs after the trial has concluded (after a verdict from the jury or trial judge); if the trial judge enters a final judgment (after granting a motion to dismiss or for summary judgment); or if the trial judge enters a final order of removal (in the immigration context). At Jacobs & Schlesinger, we have experience helping clients appeal unfavorable decisions and defend winning decisions against challenges by another party to the case.

However, appellate litigation is not just about an appeal after the case is over. In fact, laying the groundwork for a potential future appeal can be the best way to proceed in any litigation. Making the right arguments at the right time and knowing when and how to challenge or defend the court’s trial rulings can be critical to securing a favorable outcome. Preparing the right post-trial motions, often in a short timeframe, is essential. And, of course, there is the post-trial appeal itself. Our firm works with clients and trial counsel, assisting in all phases of the appeal or pre-appeal proceedings.

The Components of an Appeal

There are many components of an appeal. Our clients in civil cases hire us because they understand that setting up and executing a proper case strategy throughout litigation positions them for better outcomes, whether by negotiating a favorable settlement in the trial court or pending appeal, winning the case through a dispositive motion, or winning the appeal outright. We also advise our clients regarding whether they can pursue interlocutory appellate proceedings or writs at various stages before a final judgment.

Our clients in immigration and criminal appeals understand the benefit of hiring an experienced appellate attorney in San Diego to handle cases where their liberty or immigration status may be at risk.

The Litigation Process

Sometimes the best way to avoid a trial or settle a case is to have a strong argument for an appeal.

We assist and advise our clients throughout the following stages of the litigation process:

  • Trial (researching and drafting pleadings, pretrial/evidentiary motions, jury instructions , verdict forms, findings of fact and conclusions of law in bench trials, and post-trial motions)
  • Notice of appeal (ensuring that the correct judgment and/or order is appealed from in a timely and jurisdictionally-correct manner)
  • Posting an appeal bond (civil cases)
  • Seeking bail pending appeal (extradition and criminal cases)
  • Moving for a stay of removal pending appeal (immigration cases)
  • Mediation pending appeal (potential option in federal or state court appeals)
  • Preparing the record on appeal
  • Briefing (opening brief, answering brief, reply brief, post-briefing letters updating the court about newly-issued opinions, and amicus briefs & letters
  • Oral argument
  • Decision
  • Post-appeal motions (attorneys’ fees and costs)
  • Post-appeal petitions (Petitions for Panel Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc, or other further review in state supreme courts or the U.S. Supreme Court)

Trial Proceedings

Before, during, and after a trial, various circumstances can end up affecting the outcome of a future appeal. If you are in the process of a trial proceeding, you may benefit from a case evaluation with a San Diego appellate attorney to make sure a solid foundation for appeal is formed.

You can prepare yourself for a strong appeal if during the trial proceedings you:

  • Make a good record
  • Get clear rulings on all motions from the trial judge
  • Keep track of motions
  • Thoroughly review the trial record and testimony, making sure they are clear and complete

To learn more about our appellate litigation services, please contact Jacobs & Schlesinger by calling (619) 900-6778.

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