Why should I hire an appellate attorney?

An experienced appellate attorney is familiar with the specialized rules of the appellate court and knows how the court decides cases on appeal. Every court is different. There is no comparison between the work of a trial court and that of an appellate court. Knowing the landscape is critical to success.


Would you expect that your primary care physician would perform your surgery? Of course not. Why? Because the duties and responsibilities required for each are very different, mastered over the course of years of focused practice. An appellate attorney focuses his practice on the unique rules and responsibilities of appellate litigation.


It is difficult to be a good trial attorney and a good appellate attorney. Trial lawyers are pressured by numerous competing deadlines and interruptions. Appellate lawyers require large blocks of uninterrupted time to review transcripts, research and draft appellate-quality briefs, and to prepare for oral argument.


More answers to frequently ask questions about appeals are available on this website. If you have additional questions, or are ready to proceed with your appeal, call Appellate Attorney William Driscoll at 978-846-5184.