Springfield Appellate Attorneys
Putting 200 Years of Combined Experience on Your Case
At Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest caliber of representation in all phases of litigation, including appeals. Our highly-experienced legal team excels at appealing adverse lower trial court rulings as well as defending lower court victories against appeal challenges. We do so by keeping abreast of litigation trends and ever-changing case law.
If you believe you have received an unfair decision by a trial court, you can turn to our firm for a review of your case to determine if an appeal is a viable option for you. We also monitor each case that we try for potential points of appeal. This ensures that any legal errors against us are preserved for post-trial relief and that our team is prepared to defend rulings favorable to you.
Appellate law allows you to appeal an unfavorable verdict up the line of higher courts. This process differs substantially from the trial process in the lower court. An appeal does not consist of a new trial. It does not call on witnesses, hear new evidence, or ask a jury to make a decision. Instead, the appellate court reviews the record of the lower court, including the entire transcript of what occurred in the trial. This includes all documentation, from exhibits of evidence to motions, jury selection, court orders, and anything else pertaining to the case.
At our firm, your appellate lawyer starts by reviewing the lower court trial in search of legal or procedural errors that could have had a negative effect on the outcome. We then prepare a written brief with legal arguments that support the assertion that your case was improperly handled. If we are defending your verdict, we will prepare a written brief outlining why your verdict should stand. This is generally followed by also presenting oral arguments backing up your case before the appellate court. Examples of challenges to lower court rulings can include the presence of procedural errors, insufficient evidence, faulty jury instructions, improper testimony admission, and more.
After hearing from both sides in an appeal, the court will then review the entire matter to decide if the lower court properly applied the law in its ruling. The appellate court has the options of upholding the lower court’s ruling, reversing it, or “remanding” the matter back down to the lower court for further action.
How Our Springfield Appellate Lawyers Can Help You
Appellate law requires a different skill set for attorneys than trial law. Your attorney must excel at legal analysis, writing compelling briefs, as well as presenting convincing oral arguments in court. Because of this, it is critical that you retain the services of an appellate attorney to handle your case, whether you are contesting or defending a lower court decision. At our firm, our appellate attorneys have the legal knowledge, skills, and experience needed to handle briefing and oral arguments before both state and federal appellate courts throughout Missouri.