Appeals And Writs

APPEALS ARE MORE THAN WHAT COMES NEXT AFTER LITIGATION -- SUCCESSFUL LITIGATION INVOLVES APPELLATE REVIEW DURING, ALONGSIDE, AND IN BETWEEN

An appeal is an obvious option after the trial court enters a judgment. But not all cases are so simple. The trial court may issue dozens of orders and even partial judgments before the case is "over." Some of these orders you may appeal. Others you must appeal, or else lose the right forever. Still others you may challenge via a writ petition.

Successful litigation requires planning to go the distance, and that means planning to take your case to a court of appeal if and when necessary. Our experienced appellate litigators have leveraged their expertise of the various and often surprising rules on appeal to help guide our clients' litigation to a successful appellate posture. Having an appellate attorney on your litigation team maximizes your chances for victory.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LITIGATION EFFORTS WITH STRATEGIC WRITS AND POWERFUL APPEALS

A given trial court is overburdened with hundreds of cases, and a meritorious motion often fails to cut through the stacks of paper crowding a busy trial judge's chambers. Your most important motions, therefore, should always have a second audience in mind: the reviewing court. Trial attorneys tend to have their instruments tuned to the noisy din of the trial court, and they might not always hit the subtler notes needed to make a piece work in the reviewing forum.

Petitions for writ review must be strategically placed and perfectly executed to prevail. TVA's appellate attorneys understand the technical procedural rules that must be followed before such petitions will be considered. Once in the door, writ relief is granted only on a compelling showing: a successful strategy thus begins by building the record in the trial court, followed by persuasive and marksman-like briefing in the appeals court.

An appeal following a judgment or a final order also requires a well-planned record. TVA's appellate attorneys are careful to make sure all the evidence and arguments needed to prevail on appeal are preserved. Just as important, when the record is less than perfect, TVA's appellate attorneys will help identify weaknesses and select the best available issues on appeal.