Whether law is considered an academic discipline, an art, or a craft, mastering it requires forward-thinking strategies that anticipate and prepare for all circumstances that arise during the life of a case, including appeal. As a result, our appellate practice takes both offensive and defensive approaches. Appeals can provide a much-needed check on trial court decisions; however, they can also be costly and unnecessarily extend the life of the case. Our attorneys are mindful of both protecting legal issues for appeal and preventing errors that can lead to an unwanted appeal.
Our lawyers handle matters from inception to appeal as well as taking on new cases for the appeals process only. In addition to representing parties during appellate proceedings, we are also available to draft amicus briefs that address significant legal issues on behalf of third parties.
Flooding Class Action: Our attorneys won an appeal challenging a trial verdict in favor of our client, a local Parish, in a class-action case filed by Parish residents claiming damages as a result of Hurricane Katrina-related flooding. Plaintiffs’ appeal alleged errors relating to the jury instructions, jury verdict form, and juror polling, as well as errors in evidentiary rulings. On appeal, we combed through the complex trial record to prepare a brief that successfully defeated every error alleged on appeal. As a result, the defense verdict in favor of our client was affirmed.
Dog Bite Case: Our attorneys won an appeal challenging dismissal of our client in a personal injury dog-bite case. On appeal, we successfully argued that the record showed that plaintiff failed to present evidence that our client had actual knowledge of a dangerous dog on his leased premises.
Success At Trial And On Appeal In 7-figure Personal Injury Case: Our attorneys, showing true determination, won an appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court, after obtaining, not one, but two unanimous jury verdicts in favor of our client in a personal injury case. The first jury verdict was overturned when the trial court granted a motion for a new trial. The second jury verdict was overturned by the appellate court, who rendered judgment in favor of the plaintiff in excess of $2 million. With the law on their side and a brilliantly-argued appeal, our attorneys convinced the Louisiana Supreme Court to reinstate the jury verdict in favor of our client.