Smythe PC is a boutique appellate firm that represents clients in state and federal courts, both in the civil and criminal arenas. We also represent clients in select litigation and strategic business matters.
We represent clients on both sides of the docket, plaintiff and defendant. This gives us a better perspective of potential claims and defenses for each case we work on.
Federal criminal defense is one of the most sophisticated areas of the law. We have extensively experience in federal district courts and also the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
We are a boutique firm that handles a small volume of cases each year. While we focus on appeals, we also take on a few select trial cases each year. We have found our appellate experience invaluable in prosecuting and defending civil cases.
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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