The skills required to try a case to a jury or to a court are, in many important ways, different from those required to handle a case on appeal. The goal of trial counsel is to persuade the jury or the judge to adopt a particular view of the evidence and the facts. The objective of appellate counsel is to persuade the court to adopt a particular view of the law. Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Appellate Practice Group serves our clients’ needs in this complex and sophisticated area. The depth of our appellate practice allows us to handle appeals in cases we tried, to serve as appellate counsel in cases tried by other lawyers, and to act as counsel for amicus curiae for interested third parties.
We generally use lawyers who were not involved in a case at the trial level to review most appellate filings reviewed. We also hold “moot court” arguments, which allows the lawyer handling the appeal to prepare for oral argument by practicing before other lawyers familiar with the case and knowledgeable in appellate practice.
Our appellate litigators have successfully handled matters in the federal appellate courts and the appellate courts of many states. Group members include former law clerks to federal and state appellate judges and seasoned veterans of the federal and state appellate bars.