July 21, 2019 Article

Determining What Issues to Raise on Appeal

Knowing where to look for potential appellate issues and how to manage client expectations makes you a more efficient and competent appellate attorney.

By Andrew L. Johnson

The most important decision an attorney makes when bringing an appeal is determining what issues to raise. Generally, an attorney faced with this decision is representing a client who recently lost at trial or lost a dispositive motion and whose expectations for relief on appeal may be high. An appellate attorney must properly manage these expectations while determining the best issues to bring.      

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