What follows are some reflections on what has helped me build my appellate practice. Although my thoughts are presented in a “Ten Tips” format, there is no magic in the sequence of these suggestions. I am sure there are other equally helpful points that can be made, but this approach has worked for me.
1. Construct a formal business plan. I remember someone asking me in the 1990s where (or what) I wanted to be in 10 years. My response was immediate. I wanted to be known as a top appellate lawyer. I had not really focused on how I would get there, though. It later occurred to me that a road map would be a good idea. So I developed a formal business plan that included a number of action items, some of which are described below. I then made a point of revisiting my written business plan periodically. These self-imposed report cards helped me move toward my goal.