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Supreme Court and Appellate

Our appellate team has experience in every aspect of litigation, from the decision to file suit to post-judgment collection. Having knowledge of the entire litigation process equips us not only to write briefs and handle oral argument on appeal, but also to provide an appellate perspective on issues that may arise throughout the litigation process.

APPELLATE EXCELLENCE. The hallmark of excellent appellate advocacy is the well-written brief. And at Bell Nunnally, we excel at the well-written brief. Our appellate team includes former judicial clerks and a former English professor. Our appellate practice includes interlocutory appeals and petitions for extraordinary relief, appeals from final judgment, and appeals from arbitration and governmental-agency decisions. We have represented clients in appellate courts across the country. And we have won precedent-setting decisions at every level.

We also handle appellate-level mediation and settlement negotiations. We provide amicus support and have represented clients appearing as amici in the appellate courts. And, where another lawyer is serving as lead appellate counsel, we can provide collaborative assistance through case assessment, consultation, brief editing, or moot-court preparation for oral argument.

TRIAL-COURT STRATEGY. Because so much of what happens on appeal depends on what happens at the trial court, our appellate attorneys can provide invaluable assistance at the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial stages of litigation. We frequently draft dispositive motions and Daubert motions, and handle other pre-trial issues such as class certification and jury selection. During trial, we can help preserve error and handle the jury charge. And when the trial is over, we can help develop potential appellate arguments by drafting the proposed judgment and handling post-trial motions.

From the filing of a lawsuit through the decision of the highest court, our appellate team knows how to spot the most important legal issues, how to shape those issues to our client’s advantage in the trial court, and how to effectively argue those issues on appeal.