Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., attorneys believe selecting an appellate attorney is an important step in ensuring your appeal is handled as well as your trial. In many cases, it makes a great deal of sense to have your trial counsel continue on and handle your appeal.
There are several reasons for this. Most importantly, this attorney already understands the legal and factual aspects of the case as well as anyone. With a new lawyer, there is inherently some duplication of time and cost associated with getting him or her up to the same knowledge base.
Nevertheless, there are times trial attorneys and their clients part ways at the point of appeal. In many cases, trial attorneys do not handle appellate work. Appeals are completely different from trial practice, and for this reason, some of the skills that make a good trial attorney, are incongruous with effective appellate advocates.
A trial attorney should be able to handle any unforseen circumstance that arises during litigation. The hallmark of a good appellate attorney is to not have any unforseen matters not fully accounted for in his or her client’s briefing.
There are no hard and fast rules for selecting a good trial or appellate attorney. However, to aid Readers in making informed selections as to appellate counsel, some of the talking points with, or research about, proposed appellate counsel might include the following:
This noted, after you have these and other questions researched and/or answered, it is critical to make a clear decision as to counsel of your choice. Frankly, in today’s electronic world, there should be ample ability to make a fully informed choice about an attorney, appellate attorney or otherwise, you do not know.
As a potential appellant, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. is at the ready to answer these for you, in a straight forward format. If they reflect your expectations of your counsel, then perhaps we should be your appellate team.
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