M.C. Sungaila in Orange County Business Journal: Completing the Trial Court Team: The Role of Appellate Counsel


The days of appellate lawyers coming into a case only after an adverse judgment has been entered, or a favorable one appealed, are long gone. Clients and trial lawyers have discovered the value of calling appellate counsel into a case much earlier to assist with dispositive motions, overarching legal strategy, and preserving issues at trial. In this brave new world of hybrid trial and appellate lawyer teams, there are a myriad of “best practices” for maximizing the impact of the appellate lawyer at the trial level, while eliminating duplication of the trial lawyerʼs role and managing costs. Here are seven key junctures or points of entry for appellate lawyers while a case is in the trial court – it is at these points that savvy clients and trial lawyers most often reach out to appellate lawyers to add value.

Excerpted from the Orange County Business Journal, Vol. 38, No. 47, November 23-25, 2015. To read the full article, click here.

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