Contrary to the commonly held view that any litigator can handle an appeal, appellate practice requires detailed knowledge of the special procedural rules applicable on appeal as well as an ability to recognize and present the critical issues to an appellate court in a succinct, eloquent, and persuasive manner. Not all trial lawyers are experienced in appellate matters and, therefore, often fall prey to procedural pitfalls, or stress arguments that, although important at trial, may not bear upon the appeal. In short, effective trial advocacy skills do not necessarily translate into effective appellate advocacy skills.

The Litigation Group at KMK includes experienced lawyers whose practices focus on appellate matters pending in courts throughout the country. Our appellate attorneys, who have particular strengths in legal analysis, brief writing, and oral argument, bring a fresh perspective to each case. In addition to handling appeals, our lawyers also handle petitions for interlocutory writs and review cases while they are at the trial-court level to evaluate the prospects of successfully prosecuting or defending an appeal, and to help preserve points for appellate review.

KMK’s Appellate Team has handled appeals and amicus briefing in federal and state courts around the country. KMK Litigation Group alums are currently serving as judges on the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. Our team has the reputation and bench strength to advise clients in all aspects of the appellate process.



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