Appeals

When a trial court doesn't decide a case correctly in line with established law, or when the current law on an issue is simply unclear, a commitment to justice sometimes dictates that you ask a higher court to set the record straight. Deciding to appeal your case is a critical decision which requires clear thought and unbiased counsel.

Trial courts are subject to review by higher courts, both on the state and federal level. Pursuing a successful appeal of a trial court's decision requires a vastly different skill set than that necessary to try a case. The standards for review are different than that which the trial court used, and the standard for review of the evidence is much different as well. An appeal can only be based on the evidence that was actually presented to the trial court, not what you think was presented or what should have been presented. For this reason it's often helpful or even necessary to have a different attorney handle your appeal than your trial. Being able to assess all elements of your trial without bias or predisposition is critical to effectively writing an arguing to a court with higher authority.

The first step in appealing a case is making a clear decision on whether or not to appeal. In order to be satisfied with the end result, you need to understand the process, the hurdles you face, and you need to understand that the goal of handling an appeal is to give you every opportunity to win. You need a crystal clear understanding of the hurdles we face before beginning an appeal.

Our first goal in your case will be to completely understand the unique aspects of your situation. We will develop a comprehensive strategy based upon your goals and priorities. We seek the positive outcomes you need and never surrender your dignity or safety during the process.

We are thoroughly skilled and comfortable in all areas of case assessment, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and trial practice. We never forget that how we perform at the negotiating table or in the courtroom has the single biggest effect on the outcome of your case.

Contact our Salt Lake City lawyers today for a free consultation about your case. Call us at 866-780-9641 or complete and submit our online contact form today.