Appellate Practice Group
At Sowell Gray, we understand that a case is not over until it is over, which in many instances means after an appeal. No matter the result in the trial court, the appellate phase of a case is just as important as the trial, and often is even more so. Getting the right result on appeal requires insightful analysis, thorough research, persuasive writing and articulate oral argument. Sowell Gray takes pride in its abilities in each of these areas.
Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to analyze each case to issues that may need to be raised in an appeal, and more importantly, to determine which of those may be important to highlight for the Court. Our clients' resources can then be more efficiently targeted to the issues that are most likely to make the difference. Some of our lawyers in this practice group have served as law clerks to appellate court judges, and therefore have insight into the appellate process that is particularly beneficial in the analysis of the issues on appeal.
Sowell Gray has significant research capabilities, including a senior lawyer who does nothing else. We use computer based research databases in sophisticated ways to reduce costs and to save time, and to access all relevant information that may be important to bring to the attention of the appellate court. No useful precedent is beyond our reach, no matter how obscure the issue or remote the jurisdiction.
Words are the weapons of the law, and a well written appellate brief may decide an issue before any hearing is held. Sowell Gray takes great care to ensure that its written work product is clear, logical, persuasive and supported by appropriate authority. We think our written work sets us apart from other firms.
Powerful oral argument is another key to appellate success. We understand that thorough preparation leads to excellent presentation. Our appellate lawyers are experienced oral advocates with experience "on their feet" before state and federal appeals courts.
Whether we tried the case or are retained thereafter, Sowell Gray's Appellate Practice Group has the skills and resources to handle the appellate phase of any case in a way best calculated to achieve success.