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Frankly, many trial lawyers don't call in appellate counsel at the outset of a case. But it's a good to do so. Appellate lawyers, used to dealing more with the intricacies of the law than with the idiosyncratic personalities of multiple witnesses, can bring fresh eyes to issues lurking within recollections and documents.
Law-Based Motions and Issues
We provide assistance to trial lawyers by handling law-intensive motions, such as motions addressing jurisdiction, venue, choice-of-law, and motions for summary judgment. We also help with discovery disputes and expert issues.
Handling the Legal Backdrop
Trial lawyers have their hands full with all the personalities in the courtroom. We focus on the legal end, focusing on preserving error during jury selection, the presentation of evidence, closing argument, and receipt of the verdict. We also draft trial briefs on disputed issues, and prepare the jury charge.
"We have a verdict!"
This is when the real work begins.
What Others Are Saying . . .
Peter Smythe has been practicing law for over twenty years. He has first-chaired trials in both state and federal courts, and has also served as lead counsel in federal and state civil and criminal appeals. Read more about his experience here.
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