At GW, we understand the crucial and widely recognized need for appellate practice specialists. The attorneys in our Appellate Practice Group have decades of experience as appellate litigators, in state and federal courts, in both New York and New Jersey, including the United States Supreme Court.
The Appellate Practice Group has experience handling appeals in the following representative areas:
- Break-Up/Dissolution Of Business Entities, Practice Groups, Including Valuation And Restrictive Covenants
- Criminal Law
- Civil Rights and Discrimination
- Commercial Law
- Discharge Planning, Patient Rights and Elder Law
- Employment Law
- Health Care
- Insurance Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Professional Licensing
- Real Estate Tort Law
The Appellate Practice Group also performs a wide array of services.
- Appellate Work - We assume full responsibility for all aspects of an appeal, including the crucial initial filings, appellate motion practice, preparing the record, writing the briefs and conducting oral argument before the appellate court.
- Consultants to trial counsel - Our attorneys assist trial attorneys in preparing motions to dismiss, summary judgment motions and other substantive motions. They also consult with trial counsel to ensure that dispositive issues are preserved for appellate review. They also prepare memoranda necessary to resolve complex evidentiary and discovery issues.
- Post-verdict motions - Certain issues must be advanced following a verdict in order for a party to assert them on appeal, and post-verdict motions provide that opportunity. We assist clients at this crucial phase of proceedings.
- Appeal Assessment - The determination of whether or not to pursue an appeal is a crucial one. An appeal may be pursued in order to rectify a patently erroneous result in the lower court and to win a case outright. Pursuing an appeal, even one fraught with difficulties, may have the effect of gaining leverage in settlement discussions. Also, an appeal may be warranted to prevent the sweeping and widespread impact on an entire industry of an erroneous legal ruling in a single case. Our attorneys assist in making this critical evaluation.
- Amicus curiae - Our attorneys have prepared "friend of the court" briefs on behalf of our clients, in order to influence decisions involving issues of industry-wide significance.