The Art of Appeals


The end of a trial rarely means the end of a case, and winning or losing often happens in the courts of appeal.

Successful appellate advocacy requires a specialized skill set that includes superior research, analytical, writing, and oral advocacy skills, and the ability to take a voluminous trial court record, sometimes spanning years of litigation, and, in a short period of time, distill it down to the winning appealable legal and factual issues.  Our appellate lawyers have developed and sharpened these skills through appellate clerkships for judges in both state and federal courts, decades of appellate practice, and personal trial experiences.

The lawyers in our appellate group know how to approach the often-subtle differences between trial and appellate advocacy, with differing rules, audiences, and expectations.  A favorable verdict at trial can be a fleeting victory; likewise, in the right hands, a district-court loss can become only a temporary setback.  Our lawyers bring trained, objective eyes to factual records and legal issues and work closely with trial counsel to spot issues and develop an effective appellate strategy.

Because of our lawyers’ experience and demonstrated results, our firm is routinely engaged after rendition of a verdict or entry of judgment for the appellate phase of a case. Our appellate clients range from solo and small-firm practitioners who retain us to handle appeals to large companies looking for experienced appellate counsel.

In the News

Fifth Circuit Affirms Ruling Imposing Sanctions

On October 1, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a ruling imposing sanctions of nearly $30,000 against a lawyer for… READ MORE

Lynn Luker, Tom Owen, Bryan Reuter, Bill Ross & Rick Stanley named Top Lawyers

Congratulations to Members Tom Owen, Bryan Reuter, Bill Ross, and Rick Stanley, and Of Counsel Lynn Luker for being named Top Lawyers by New Orleans… READ MORE

Rick Stanley and Eva Dossier successfully argue on appeal that collateral source rule applies and that appeal of interlocutory judgment was untimely.

On April 10, 2019, the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit ruled in plaintiffs' favor and affirmed the trial court's decision granting a… READ MORE

Bill Ross, Raley Alford, and Eva Dossier successfully defends on appeal ruling denying class certifications.

On June 2, 2017, the Louisiana Supreme Court of Appeal for the First Circuit affirmed the trial court judgment denying class action certification in a… READ MORE

Rick Stanley, Tom Owen, and Eva Dossier successfully argue on appeal that trial court’s time limitations in jury trial require vacatur of judgment and remand for a new trial on damages in brain injury case.

On October 26, 2016, the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit held in favor of plaintiffs and found that the trial court erred… READ MORE