Appellate

Dickinson Wright’s experienced appellate lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country and at every level. We have represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, nearly all of the United States Courts of Appeals, numerous state supreme courts, and specialized appellate tribunals such as bankruptcy appellate panels, zoning boards of appeal, and the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The appeals we have handled have shaped public policy and the development of the law in Michigan and beyond.

In-Depth Insights into Appellate Litigation

Public and private entities across a wide range of industries benefit from our team’s ability to identify and analyze complex legal issues and present them in comprehensible terms. Handling appeals in all areas of law, our lawyers possess a thorough understanding of review standards and the specialized rules and procedures under which appellate courts operate. Additionally, we regularly monitor legal trends in the appellate courts and study the jurisprudence of individual judges in order to craft the most effective arguments.

Extensive Experience Benefits our Clients

Whether seeking to overturn a judgment or defend a victory in the trial court, Dickinson Wright’s appellate lawyers know how to brief and argue an appeal in a way that maximizes our clients’ likelihood of success. Many of our appellate lawyers are former law clerks from the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as other federal appellate courts. Our appellate litigation practice also includes Dennis W. Archer, who formerly served as both a Michigan Supreme Court justice and president of the American Bar Association.

Understanding of Clients’ Business Issues

Combining broad business law and litigation expertise, Dickinson Wright is well-suited to represent clients in appeals spanning a broad range of substantive areas of law. Our appellate lawyers have briefed and argued cases involving a wide variety of complex matters, including zoning and land use, tax issues, commercial contracts, personal injury, constitutional law, product liability, environmental law, insurance, medical malpractice, telecommunications, administrative law, employment law and family law.

Appellate Consultation in the Trial Court

In addition to directly representing our clients during the appeals process, Dickinson Wright’s appellate lawyers often are retained to work with trial counsel on dispositive motions, major evidentiary issues, post-judgment motions and preservation of issues for appellate review.

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