Appellate Law Team Leader: Amy Carson
Trial courts do not always get it right, and client advocacy does not always end after a trial court issues a judgment. The Appellate Law Team at Massillamany & Jeter LLP provides representation and advice on a wide variety of appellate law matters. The Firm’s appellate attorneys have extensive experience in cases decided before the United States Court of Appeals, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and the Indiana Supreme Court.
Clients often engage attorneys in our group after receiving an adverse jury verdict, to candidly assess the prospects on appeal and to provide a fresh and creative perspective on settlement alternatives. Amicus parties routinely retain our attorneys to assert and protect their interests in complex and critical issues on appeal. At Massillamany & Jeter LLP, our approach is to understand our client’s objectives. Whether that objective is to reverse an adverse judgment, to protect a favorable judgment, to file an amicus curiae brief, pursue an extraordinary writ, or seek interlocutory appeal of a trial court’s decision in the middle of a case, our experienced appellate advocates pursue our client’s objectives through competent and cost-effective work.
Appellate advocacy demands a specialized approach which can be quite different from the approach taken before a lower court. An appellate lawyer brought into the case after the trial court proceedings have concluded does not often have the opportunity to shape the record and, therefore, must construct the best arguments possible given a static set of facts. Where possible, however, they must creatively work to expand the record in permissive ways under the appellate rules. The most successful trial attorney often times is unfamiliar with the unique intricacies demanded for appellate practice and procedure. Our experienced appellate attorneys possess such skills. And when our appellate practitioners are paired with our strongly skilled trial attorneys, we will meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.