How to Write Like an Appellate Lawyer without Becoming One (Excerpt)


An excerpt from the trial lawyer’s guide to writing and arguing like an appellate lawyer without becoming one.

The book is based on three assumptions:

1. You are a trial lawyer. You are good at what you do, but are occasionally faced with a matter that goes up on appeal. Either you are defending a verdict or are seeking a reversal.

2. You don’t want to become an appellate attorney but need to think, write, and sound enough like one to be successful with your appeal.

3. Despite affordable options and the availability of alternate billing arrangements, you don’t want to hire someone like me to do your appeal for you.

Chapter 3: What Do You Want?

You aren’t going to go charging into the writing of your brief without asking some fundamental questions first. As the Cheshire Cat observed to Alice, if you don’t know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter what road you take. But, presumably, your client has an actual legal issue that they need resolved, and, thus, any road will not do. You need the right road. And to pick it you first need to know where you are going.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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