If a legal or procedural error contributed to an unfavorable civil case outcome, you may be entitled to appeal the decision. Both a judge’s order and a jury’s decision can be re-evaluated in a state or federal court of appeals.
The appeals process is very different from traditional civil court procedure. The appellate attorneys of Mischel & Horn, P.C., have extensive experience addressing all kinds of civil appeals. We work closely with New York and New Jersey residents facing complex appeals cases, develop personalized case strategies for each client and explain what they can expect from the appellate court.
Below, we explore the basics of the civil appeals process. Call our New York office at (212) 425-5191 with any questions or to discuss your case during a free initial consultation.
Identifying The Unique Factors Of An Appeal
Your appeal in state or federal court will greatly differ from your original civil trial. Unlike typical civil litigation, there is no jury, no witnesses and typically no new evidence. The appeal relies heavily on information presented during your initial trial. However, the court may make an exception if new evidence or witnesses surface that could reverse your initial case decision.
Additionally, appellate decisions are made by several presiding judges instead of one. The exact number of judges varies depending upon the court that hears your case.
If Your Appeal Is Rejected, You May Still Have Options
If your initial appeal is rejected by the state or federal court of appeals, you may still be able to pursue your appeal. Our legal team can strongly support the validity of your initial appeal. We will develop another written brief outlining the severity of legal or procedural errors that affected the outcome of your case. We will then file an appeal with the state Supreme Court. They will have the ultimate say in your appeal’s success.
Contact Us For Knowledgeable Representation
Since the civil appeals process is unique, it is important to work with a legal firm with extensive experience in this area of law. Our skilled attorneys have resolved many notable civil appeals cases and have served as law clerks for the appellate court. We have vast insight into the process and how the court thinks. We can confidently guide you through your appeal and pursue every opportunity for a favorable resolution. Our firm has addressed all manner of civil appeals, including, but certainly not limited to, the following:
- Commercial litigation
- Contracts litigation
- Matrimonial litigation
- Real estate transactions
- Labor law liability
- Premises liability
- Medical malpractice
- Dental malpractice
- Employment discrimination
- Class-action litigation
- State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) proceedings
- Administrative proceedings
We will thoroughly evaluate your initial case, identify errors that provide grounds for pursuing an appeal, develop a strong appellate brief and serve as your trusted advocates throughout the process.