Appellate practice is a great niche for lawyers who love to write, love to tackle hard legal questions, love the minutiae of following procedural rules, and love the thrill of being grilled by a panel of judges. Because I am a self-proclaimed rules geek and board certified in appellate practice by my state bar, I expected to find it easy to run my own appellate practice after being at larger firms for more than a decade. The past year as a solo appellate practitioner has taught me a great deal, however, not only about appellate practice but also about the business of appellate practice. Here are some of the things I wish I had known a year ago.
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