Houston Appeals Attorneys – Litigation Lawyers
Every legal action ends unsatisfactorily for one of the parties involved. Even when a party’s case has clear merit and the lawyers representing him or her exhibit the utmost diligence and competency, judges and juries may nevertheless issue unfavorable rulings. In many such situations, it is possible and advisable for the adversely affected party to appeal the ruling to a higher court.
Our civil and corporate law attorneys have extensive experience with the appeals process. We are happy to work on appeals for clients who retain us for other matters, including business planning and consumer law.
The Appeals Process in Katy, Sugar Land, Galveston and Surrounding Counties
Under most circumstances, it is possible to appeal the ruling of a lower court in a civil case. Appeals are lodged with federal appeals courts, which are properly known as U.S. Courts of Appeals. Each appeals court covers a “circuit” or geographical jurisdiction within the federal court system. In all, there are 12 federal circuits. As Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi fall under the jurisdiction of the fifth circuit, all cases originating in the Houston and Galveston areas are appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Appeals cases are argued differently from trial cases. In some cases, appeals are simply considered on the basis of written arguments submitted by each party’s legal representatives. In other cases, each party is given the opportunity to briefly argue their case before a three-judge appeals panel.
After considering the arguments’ merits, the panel usually issues a ruling that confirms or overturns the lower court’s decision. Under certain circumstances, the panel may choose to send the case back to the lower court to be re-tried. The party that finds itself on the losing end of the appeal may petition the Supreme Court of the United States to review the case. However, the Court is not obligated to grant review.
Houston Civil Litigation Attorneys for Trial Appeals in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller County
At The Law Office of Henry A. Jakob, PLLC, we believe that a single adverse ruling should not spell the end of a justified legal action. We passionately advocate for the rights of current clients whose cases have been appealed to a higher court. We are also happy to act as appeals counsel for clients who desire new representation as they pursue a more favorable outcome in an existing action.
Regardless of the nature of your case or the sequence of events that necessitated an appeal, we pledge to provide aggressive and thorough representation for the duration of the action. We have extensive appeals experience across a wide range of legal disciplines, including real estate law, commercial litigation, business law and consumer law. If you are weighing the benefits and drawbacks of appealing a recent ruling in Pearland, Missouri City, Stafford or any other part of southeastern Texas, we stand ready to evaluate the merits of your case and recommend a course of action.
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If you would like to learn more about how a seasoned Houston civil litigation attorney can pursue an appeal, secure judgment enforcement or take a legal matter to trial on your behalf, please contact us at 713.640.5700 or complete the online form to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.