Appellate Advocacy


Appellate attorneys at WSHLA are experienced in the steps required to take on an appeal.  Whether you won or lost in the trial court, it takes a lot of time to prepare an appeal, perform additional research, and write a solid appellate brief.

Advantages provided by WSHLA appellate advocates:

  • Researches the law;
  • Re-analyzes the case from the appropriate standard of review;
  • Writes and edits the brief;
  • Meets all of the appellate court's technical requirements; and
  • Presents persuasive and helpful oral argument.

Our appellate advocates rethink the case to provide a fresh perspective for the higher court. They seek strengths and weaknesses in the arguments and will sort through and select the best arguments to persuade the court in favor of the client.

Appellate procedure can be a daunting hurdle for anyone. An appellate attorney will help you maneuver your way through the court rules governing appeals, and advise you on the impact of those rules on your case (such as standards of review, stays pending appeal, bonding requirements, and appellate motions). An appellate attorney is aware of the pitfalls of appellate procedure, the likes and dislikes of the appellate judges, new developments in the appellate rules and their interpretation.

The trial attorney’s job as an advocate is distinct from an appellate attorney’s brand of advocacy. An appellate attorney excels in research and writing. He or she can re-work complex and specialized cases so the appellate courts, who do not share the trial counsel's practice focus, can more easily understand the relevant arguments. Due to time constraints and costs, trial practitioners may not always be able to provide the depth of analysis that appellate courts demand. An appellate advocate works for a client in a manner that is most effective for a client's particular case, always bearing in mind the audience (the appellate judges and support attorneys). An appellate advocate knows how to converse with the bench during argument and effectively anticipate and answer the judges' questions.

Attorneys In This Area:

Krista M. Carlson

Elizabeth Ryan Cano

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