Appellate lawyers play a different game

Attorneys who represent clients in trial courts are used to persuading juries and trial judges.  The arguments that might succeed in that forum do not work in the Court of Appeal, where the rules and standards are different.


Winning an appeal requires a specialized set of skills, including mastery of appellate procedure, first-rate writing and research abilities, and exceptional oral advocacy. We have spent decades refining those critical skills.


We handle every aspect of appellate litigation, including:

  • Evaluating the prospects of an appeal or writ, or the likelihood of defeating one
  • Pursuing and defending against appeals and writs in state and federal courts
  • Filing and opposing petitions for review before the California Supreme Court and petitions for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Working with trial attorneys before and after trial to preserve and frame issues likely to form the basis of an appeal
  • Researching and preparing post-trial and other trial court motions, including summary judgment and class certification proceedings

Our partners have handled appeals in many
different practice areas, including:​ ​


Administrative Mandamus
Arbitration Law
Attorneys’ Fee Awards
Business Litigation
Class Action Law
Construction Defect Law
Construction Lien Law
Contract Law
Corporate Law
Cross-Border Disputes
Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation
Employment Law/Wrongful Termination
Estate Planning/Probate Law
Family Law
Guaranty Law
Insurance Bad Faith
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Public Entity Law
Real Property Law
Secured Transactions
Securities Law
Sovereign Immunity