Appellate Practice

We handle appeals.


While trial focuses on developing and proving facts. That is, telling the story of what, where, when, why and how. 

On appeal, the focus is the legal issues that decide the case. There is no "second chance" to present what happened. 

To win on appeal requires a clear statement of the issues that are important to the appellate panel. There are only two ways to present the issue on appeal: the written brief and oral argument.

The appellate brief must state the question that will be answered and law. But, most importantly, it must analyze the legal issues in light of the policy considerations that shape the development of the law. It needs to be concise. 

After the brief is submitted, there is oral argument. This is the chance to answer questions of the appellate panel. 

Our attorneys have argued cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Idaho Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

If you have a question about appeals, give us a call.