Appellate Law

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I am a certified appellate specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and have been admitted to the United State Supreme Court Bar, the Ninth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal. As of 2017, approximately 300 of California’s attorneys are certified specialists in appellate law. I routinely represent individuals and businesses in appellate courts throughout Southern California.

I have handled over one hundred appeals in a wide variety of matters including business litigation, probate matters, real estate disputes and criminal law matters. I am frequently retained by or associate with trial counsel seeking my expertise and “fresh look” at the case on appeal. With over 20 years of experience, I am adept at identifying successful appellate strategies. As observed by Justice Kenneth R. Yegan in Estate of Kilkison (1998) 65 Cal.App.4th 1443:

“[T]rial attorneys who prosecute their own appeals, such as appellant, may have ‘tunnel vision.’ Having tried the case themselves, they become convinced of the merits of their cause. They may lose objectivity and would be well served by consulting and taking the advice of disinterested members of the bar, schooled in appellate practice.”

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