Appellate Law

Business Law at John Elledge

You want to win your case at trial, but many people lose their cases.  What do you do if you lose?  One option is to appeal the trial judge’s decision to an appellate court.

Appellate procedure is full of rules and pitfalls.  For example, if you do not file a notice of your intention to appeal your case within 30 days after the circuit court judge enters the final order in your case, you generally lose your ability to appeal the case at all.  So, if you want to appeal, you need to talk to an attorney quickly.  Some people arrange to discuss the possibility of an appeal before the final order is even entered.

At John Elledge and Associates, we have the experience that you need to maneuver your case through the  unique and complex world of appeals.  We understand the significant differences between a trial case and an appellate case, and we know how to prepare for the expectations of the appellate courts.

Appeals are largely based on precedent, that is, cases previously decided by appellate courts. Legal research of those prior cases is an art, and applying the facts and holdings from them to your particular case takes skill.

From initially “noting” the appeal, to writing the “briefs” and arguing before the judges and justices of the courts, we know how to present the best arguments for your appeal.

Not everyone wants to appeal their cases.  But if you want to consider an appeal, we can talk to you about the advisability of appealing, prepare you for the process, and we can even work with your current attorney if you like.  Contact us today to make an appointment and discuss an appeal of your case.