The attorneys at Kenny, Brimmer & Mahoney, LLC have extensive experience appearing before all of the state courts in Connecticut, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City. Appellate-level cases require unique skills and legal representation that is quite different from traditional trial-level work. Success at the appellate level involves convincing a judge or panel of judges that the trial court decision was either incorrect or correct, depending on the client’s position. The judges do not hear any new evidence or testimony; instead, they utilize the trial court’s record of events.
A superior appellate attorney spends time analyzing the lower court record to find adequate grounds for reversal or affirmation at the appellate level. Appellate attorneys must present thorough, well-written appellate briefs, which are typically an extremely important factor in a court’s decision in an appeal.
The success of an appeal generally hinges on specific issues of fact or law when the appellate judges inspect the trial court records and consider each side’s briefs. The appellate court will not overturn a judgment if only a harmless error has been made. An error is harmless if it would not change the case’s outcome. Appellate courts use several different standards of review in examining the trial court’s judgment, depending on what is at issue in a particular case. These standards include:
Our attorneys have extensive experience arguing appeals, including probate, administrative, and civil appeals, and our attorneys are dedicated to providing the highest level of appellate representation to our clients. Contact us today for a free initial consultation regarding your case.