What does an Appellate Attorney Cost? We are not attorneys. We do not represent people in the appeals process. We are engaged in research and analysis in various matters that involve constitutional, statutory, administrative and judicial law. As such, we cannot represent a person in a criminal action or bring a motion to suppress based on our knowledge of the facts of the case.
However, it is our responsibility to ensure that our client’s constitutional right to a fair trial and representation are protected. This is why we offer a free initial consultation to potential clients so that they can have their needs considered and make sure that we can help them achieve those goals. During this time we will discuss various issues with the client and provide them with expert advice from our experienced team of constitutional lawyers. The purpose of this “free consultation” is for the prospective Supreme Court Justice or Associate Justice to understand their client’s needs and make the best decision per the Constitution and our nation’s Constitution.
What Does An Appellate Attorney Do? We are engaged in research and analysis of a wide array of legal situations. There are cases in which we may need to seek pre-trial discovery or present opposing sides to a motion to suppress or argue a point of law with the trial court level. We are intimately knowledgeable about the law and know how to apply it in every situation. The goal of our professional efforts is to ensure that our client’s constitutional rights are secured throughout the litigation process.
We retain these skills in the hopes that our clients’ constitutional rights will be maintained throughout the case. Many trial attorneys are not familiar with the nuances of the Federal Rule of Procedure Article, Sixth Amendment, and statutory law. Some trial lawyers are not aware that state trial judges also retain the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully argue their clients cases at the trial level.
Are there any special tasks or duties associated with being a litigation attorney at the post-trial stage? Yes. Many of us become quite knowledgeable about the litigation process and the various issues that arise throughout the litigation. The litigation process includes depositions, plea agreements, post-trial motions, appeals, briefs, certiorari orders, oral argument, filings, opinions, cases, and cases with multiple parties. As an appellate lawyer, you would have expertise in virtually all areas of the law.
Do I need a college degree? No, not necessarily. However, some states do require that an appeal be filed by an attorney with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. (This is usually done for purposes of credibility when the lawyer has been for many years in the field of law and is known within the state as an exemplary trial lawyer and the opinions he has written and argued have been in the forefront of Supreme Court cases.)
Do I have to be a graduate of a law school to represent the appeals court “on the ground” and get my “day in court”? Generally, although not always, the answer is yes. An attorney must not only graduate from law school but must have at least five years of the post-law school experience. Some states require that lawyers must also pass at least one U.S.com passing an exam, while others only require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
Is there a fee involved for being an appeals court lawyer? Depending on the nature of the case and the nature of the appeal, the answers to this question will vary. At the trial court level, fees are based upon the nature of the appeal and can include a fee for the filing of the briefs, oral argument, submissions, written opinions, etc. In the appeals process, fees may be awarded by the Supreme Court or may be awarded by the lower courts based on factors outlined in the appeals guidelines.