April 01, 2012

Making the Best of Being an Appellee

Knowing how to maximize your position on appeal can make the difference between a winning brief and a losing brief.

Andrea Ambrose

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Congratulations. You’ve just won a grueling six-week jury trial. You and your client are thrilled. Just as you are getting ready to close your file and put another victory under your belt, the notice of appeal arrives in the mail.

Not to worry. As the appellee, you have certain advantages over the appellant. Knowing how to maximize your position as the appellee is half the battle, and it can make the difference between a winning brief and a losing brief.

So whether your opponent is appealing from a jury trial or from a pretrial ruling, here are some strategic tips on how to make the best out of being an appellee and increase the chances that your hard-fought victory remains intact.

 

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