• Appellate Law

    Not all cases end at a trial. Many times, parties need to appeal a final decision to appellate courts. I have an extensive appellate advocacy practice in both civil and criminal cases, and at both the federal and state level.

     

    Appellate advocacy is a field distinct from trial-level legal practice. Appeals courts have separate concerns from trial courts, and need to be approached in a different fashion. Many trial lawyers have busy schedules and different skill sets and need co-counsel on complex appeals. I partner with trial attorneys when their cases come to appellate courts, and draft and argue their appeals.

     

    I have practiced appellate law in the Third, Ninth, and Second circuits, and in Pennsylvania's Superior and Commonwealth Courts, in cases ranging from federal criminal law to civil rights law and first amendment law.

     

    In my circuit practice I have argued and won complex cases, including convoluted intellectual property cases stemming from multi-year civil litigation. At the state level, recent wins include a reversal of a DUI on jurisdictional grounds before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

     

    I am currently on the list of court-appointed attorneys for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, where I represent indigent clients in appeals of their convictions and sentences.

     

    There is no guarantee that an appeal will be successful. Appellate reversal rates are very low in many courts. However, strong advocacy can make a difference and lead to a better chance at a successful appeal.

     

     

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