Knowledge and Experience in State and Federal Appeals
Our system of appeals is designed to provide justice to citizens and businesses that did not receive a fair trial, and to prevent one verdict or one decision from being final.
At Pendergraft & Simon, L.L.P., our appellate lawyers handle the appeals of a broad range of disputes across several practice areas, including:
- Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy
- Texas real estate
- Shareholder agreement
- Corporate law
In addition, we take state and federal appellate cases in other areas from other law firms.
“Appellate work is so much more than the next step after a trial. Here at Pendergraft & Simon, L.L.P., we look ahead to avoid potential appellate traps starting on day one of the litigation.”— William P. Haddock
How We Approach Our Appeals
Our attorneys are experts in navigating through state appellate procedures. Always keeping our clients’ financial interests in mind, we carefully analyze the evidence to predict the prospect of successfully challenging the ruling of a state court. This expert analysis allows our firm to identify procedural or evidentiary challenges to overcome. We make sure our client has all the data required to make an informed decision as to whether an appeal would be beneficial to them.
Pursuing Appeals to the Federal Level
If a state court rejects an appeal or refuses to reopen a case, state verdicts can still be appealed to a higher federal court. When we believe the client’s case has a high probability of success, we file persuasive federal civil appellate briefs and present oral arguments to federal judges.
We have an extensive understanding of how the federal court system operates, as well as the challenges presented in successfully overturning a previously rendered verdict. Our attorneys have been successful in many federal appeals, including those that we have litigated all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.