The ideal result in trial is for the court to agree with your position and rule accordingly. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts, the court may not always make a favorable ruling. When the trial court makes legal or factual errors, an appeal may be the best course of action. I am Austin business lawyer, John McDuff. I maintain a thriving business litigation practice. I also represent my clients in appellate litigation when it is necessary to do so.
Whether you are seeking to overturn the trial court’s ruling or preserve the trial court’s ruling, I will narrow down the issues for appeal, utilizing only those arguments that are most likely to persuade an appellate panel. Appeals are often won or lost in the written brief stage. I will prepare a persuasive brief based on the evidence at hand. If there are oral arguments, you can rely on me to make an effective presentation of the merits of your case.
Weighing the Costs and Benefits of an Appeal
If you were not successful in trial and are contemplating an appeal, your lawyer must offer a candid analysis of the potential costs against the potential benefits. With more than 30 years of experience representing businesses in civil litigation, I have a good feel for whether or not an appeal is likely to be successful. In addition, I offer counsel that makes sense from a business and legal perspective. If there are solid legal grounds for an appeal, an appeal may be advisable. If an appeal has little chance of success, I will likely advise my client to refrain from appealing unless there is a substantial amount at stake. Whatever the situation, you will know that my advice will be based with your best interests in mind.
Contact Appeals Attorney, John McDuff
The quality of my work as a lawyer is well recognized by my clients & I have received the AV rating* under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. My clients are predominantly from Austin and Central Texas, and occasionally from other states. Contact my office at 512.457.1177 to schedule an appointment.
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