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Appellate Practice

At Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, a great strength of our litigation attorneys is the ability to analyze complicated facts and difficult questions of law, and to weave the facts and law together into a persuasive legal argument. This ability, combined with our attorneys’ written advocacy skills, gives us a great advantage in appellate litigation.

Our attorneys have valuable experience preparing cases and arguing before the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Appellate procedures require thorough knowledge of the rules and practices of the appeals courts, and the limitations on the length of briefs put a premium on precise and selective argument. One result of any contested case is a disappointed party convinced the decision was wrong. In all cases, we seek to provide clients with an objective and practical perspective on whether an appeal is worth the additional investment.

In addition to appeals in cases that we have handled from the beginning, we are often engaged by clients, and other attorneys, for the sole purpose of assisting on the appeal. Because of our experience, we understand what makes appeals different, and how to capture the court’s attention. Appeals cannot be treated as simply “the next phase” of litigation. Success on appeal requires unique strategies, skills, and approaches. Convincing a judge or a panel of judges that a trial decision was wrong or right requires the ability to boil down what may be a sprawling mass of testimony and other evidence into a concise and comprehensible record. It also requires an ability to make strategic decisions about the issues most likely to get the attention of the appellate court and formulate legally sound and persuasive arguments.

At FB&G, our attorneys consistently deliver both value and results to clients through the appellate process.

Please contact us online or by telephone at 706-548-1151 to speak with one of our experienced litigation attorneys if you wish to discuss the appeal of your case.