Appellate review of decisions made by most courts and agencies is provided for by our judicial system. When an appeal is needed, Burch & Cracchiolo’s attorneys are skilled in the written and oral advocacy necessary for appellate persuasion.
Except where parties have agreed to forego any appeal in arbitration, our judicial system generally provides for further appellate review of decisions by regulatory and taxing agencies and from decisions by most courts. With few exceptions, an appeal consists of arguments about how the law should be applied based on a review of a record of witness testimony and documentary evidence presented to the lower court. Although there is often oral argument to the appellate court, written briefs are the primary means of appellate persuasion -- that is, written advocacy is emphasized over oral advocacy on an appeal. Since appellate practice involves applying an existing record, instead of creating a new record, the presentation and discussion of factual and legal issues involve different skills and the application of different rules than trial practice.
The attorneys at Burch & Cracchiolo are highly experienced in handling appeals in the full spectrum of litigation matters arising from both state and federal trial courts. Services range from evaluating the merits of a potential appeal to handling the matter throughout the appellate process. Our attorneys are skilled in the written and oral advocacy necessary for appellate persuasion and we have represented parties involved in appeals in virtually all areas of the law, working with lawyers within Burch & Cracchiolo as well as those from other firms with appeals.