A case is not over just because a judge or jury renders a decision. If you lose, you might want to appeal. But should you? Are there issues worth appealing? What is the chance of success on appeal? If you win, the other side might appeal. Should you cross-appeal? Will the decision for you hold up?
Not only must you consider these important questions, keep in mind that appellate courts have different rules than trial courts. And appellate judges have different perspectives than trial judges. An attorney handling an appeal must know how to navigate those rules and address those perspectives. That requires experience, skill, and the right mindset.
That experience, skill, and mindset must express themselves through the written word. Though appellate work is primarily written, an appellate attorney must have the ability to transition to the spoken word if a case is argued orally. Thus, an attorney who speaks and writes with clarity, pinpoints the issues, and logically analyzes the issues with an appellate perspective in mind increases the likelihood of success.
Brett Watson has handled more than 150 appeals in state and federal courts since entering private practice in 2003 after clerking for a federal judge. But he brings more than legal experience to your case. His prior work in government, business, and education gives him a diverse perspective for addressing not only the immediate legal issues in a case, but also the real-world implications of an appellate decision.
Watson also provides appellate support at the trial level. He helps identify and preserve issues for appeal. He researches and drafts briefs. While his focus is appellate, he brings to the table an appreciation of trial practice. He has significant experience at the trial level. In fact, he continues to maintain his own litigation practice. He thus keeps sight of the big picture: Trial and appellate practice operate jointly with each other, not separately. That perspective enhances your trial strategy with an eye towards appeal.
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