Appellate Practice

Appellate practice deals with the recognition and preservation of error during lower-court proceedings, and the presentation of arguments concerning that error to state or federal appellate courts. As a team, we are admitted to practice in state and federal appeals courts at all levels. To be effective as an appellate advocate, a lawyer must review the record critically, identify and brief the determinative legal issues, and then present an effective oral argument before the appellate tribunal. Unlike in a jury trial, a limited amount of time is granted for an oral argument, and an attorney must make a condensed but persuasive argument to a judge or panel of judges. Attorneys with our firm have argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, the federal Courts of Appeal in various circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.