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Appeals

Just because the judge or jury made a decision does not mean it is correct or it should stand.  Often the results at trial are just flat wrong.  What do you do?  You appeal!   Over the years Tepper Law Firm has been faced with results at the trial level that simply ignored the law.  The Court of Appeal is much more likely to ensure your case is decided in conformity with the law and not the emotion or prejudice of decision makers sometimes evident at trial.

You can take your case to the Court of Appeal both during your case and after it has been decided.  When you ask for relief from a particular ruling during your case it is called a Writ.  Writs are often effective to ensure a judge understands his decisions are not going to go unchecked during the rest of the case. Just bringing a Writ-- win or lose-- can ensure a more balanced and well reasoned treatment of your case during litigation.  It can also result in a reversal of the court's order which, after all, is the ultimate point of taking a Writ.

An Appeal is when you ask the Court of Appeal to reverse the result of your trial after it is over.  Nicholas Tepper has been working on appeals since he was a law clerk at the California Court of Appeal during his law school years.  If we handled your case at trial, you can be assured we took every possible step to preserve your rights and perfect the record to optimize your chances of winning at the next level.  There are many reasons a trial result can end up being reversed on appeal.  If that reason exists we will find it and we will win. 

You may also find yourself victorious at the trial level and faced with defending an appeal.  Just because you won at trial does not mean you should ignore or take the appeal for granted.  The appellate process is just as important as the trial process and you need to ensure your hard fought gains are not erased.  We defend appeals as vigorously and as well as we prosecute them. 


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