Litigation can often extend beyond the trial court and into various state and federal courts of appeals.
This is especially likely in cases involving substantial judgments, business reputations, and emerging or unsettled areas of the law. Because of this, Ice Miller’s Appellate Practice Group has the experience, skill and depth of knowledge to handle appeals at all levels of the state and federal appellate systems.
Even before a trial begins, our litigators and appellate attorneys work together to identify legal issues and questions that must be preserved for appeal should there be an adverse outcome at trial. Our appellate attorneys have the requisite skill and experience to write concise and persuasive briefs to whatever appellate court is presiding over the appeal. This also involves an in-depth understanding of the applicable appellate rules and procedures. Many of our appellate attorneys participate in committees that develop and revise appellate rules, speak at conferences that consider appellate rule-related issues and write articles evaluating and discussing these rules and procedures.
Our appellate attorneys are also often asked to file amicus briefs, or “friend of the court” briefs, with various appellate courts. These briefs are written for clients who are not directly involved in an appeal, but whose interests will be directly impacted by that appeal’s outcome. The purpose of amicus briefs is not to rehash legal arguments already before the subject appellate court but to provide a fresh outside perspective from an interested party.
Appellate courts often require oral argument to accompany the written briefs filed by the parties. Our appellate attorneys have experience in oral argument before all levels of the state and federal appellate systems. As with written arguments, our appellate attorneys recognize that a persuasive oral argument depends both on a clear and concise message, and addressing the specific questions posed by the justices of the subject appellate court. This is achieved through an in-depth understanding of the underlying facts and legal arguments at issue, and through live practice sessions.
Ice Miller’s Appellate Practice Group is committed to putting its appellate skill and experience to use for clients who have legal issues and questions that extend beyond the trial court.