Mark handles civil appeals across a number of different practice areas, not just business and commercial litigation. Mark has a particular interest in appellate work and has previously handled appeals in the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mark has valuable insight into how appellate courts decide cases, having clerked for a court of appeals judge in Seattle after law school.
When You Need An Appellate Lawyer
If you’ve lost your case in the trial court, you may want to file an appeal. This is especially true if you and your lawyer believe that there was some procedural error that occurred in the trial court that negatively impacted your chances of winning. Even if you’ve won in the trial court, you may still need to defend against an appeal if your opponent files an appeal.
Why You Need An Appellate Lawyer
While you may be perfectly happy with your trial lawyer, it’s wise to consider having an experience appellate lawyer handle the appeal portion of your case. Appeals are governed by a special set of procedural rules that are typically less familiar to the average trial lawyer, and so it can be more efficient and effective to hire an appellate lawyer. Mark is an experienced appellate lawyer who has worked for an appellate judge, briefed and argued multiple appeals, and even lectured on the rules of appellate procedure to other attorneys in the community.
How Appeals Work
An appeal starts with giving timely notice to the court and the other party that you intend to appeal. The appellate court will then set a briefing schedule, which will contain the deadlines for the parties to submit written materials to the court. After the parties have submitted their written materials, the appellate court will eventually set a hearing date at which the parties’ attorneys will have a chance to present oral argument.
Following the hearing, the court will issue a written decision either affirming the result in the trial court or reversing the trial court. In the event of reversal, the court of appeals may send the case back to the trial court for further proceedings. Keep in mind that it takes a long time for appeals to be decided—often more than a year—so you should be prepared to wait some time for a decision.