Michigan Lawyer Aaron Larson

Civil Litigation
Michigan Appeals

It is no secret that many lawyers dread the thought of performing research or writing briefs. Many litigators perform very well in the courtroom, but lack the time to delve into statutes and case law to posture a case for appeal, let alone to produce a comprehensive appellate brief. And let's be honest - even when they have the time, many lawyers hate doing research. We enjoy the challenge, and we specialize in written avocacy. We have often been called upon to assist with trial matters, whether to help avoid an adverse judgment so as to prevent the need for appeal, or to help structure the case for appeal by helping to preserve the most relevant and salient issues.

While within a large firm there is often a partner who can provide assistance with appellate issues and the preservation of error, small firms and solo practitioners rarely have that luxury. Most successful lawyers have more work than they have time. Seeking outside assistance with a complex issue or appeal can free up a trial attorney to take on an additional client, or to devote more time to existing clients so as to maximize the value of their cases.

Some lawyers make the mistake of believing that the same issues and arguments they advanced before the trial court, even though unsuccessful, will persuade an appellate court to reverse an adverse decision. That is rarely the case. Often, under the governing standard of review, the best issues at trial can be non-starters on appeal.

Using an appellate attorney to help form your case, or to ghost-write or handle the appeal for your case, can provide a significant range of benefits. First, the case is viewed through a fresh set of eyes. Issues that may seem of little import to a trial counsel may well be the issues that are most likely to succeed on appeal, while the emotional meat of the case which may bring about a desired jury verdict is often of little interest to an appellate court. Second, the time you gain to work on your case or other cases will often generate more income than your work on a dreaded research project or appeal, while an appellate attorney helps maximize the value of your case by providing sound legal research and analysis, and improving your prospects on appeal. Third, you avoid the need to relearn the procedural complexities of appeals, or dealing with the Michigan Court of Appeals' "zero tolerance" policies toward rule violations.

If you wish to refer a Michigan appeal, require assistance with a motion or appeal, need ghost-writing services, or would otherwise benefit from support with your case, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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