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“What’s next?” Greene Espel can guide you through the appellate process, providing an objective assessment of the pivotal issues, developing a strategy based on how appellate judges are likely to view a case in light of legal, institutional, and policy considerations, and advocating effectively.

We handle appeals in state and federal courts across the nation, with particular emphasis on Minnesota’s appellate courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Our firm is home to experienced appellate practitioners. Plus, several of our attorneys have clerked at the appellate level. We have in-depth knowledge of the appellate process—the ins and outs of motion practice at the appellate courts, the anticipated timing of decisions, and the written and unwritten rules. We have in-depth experience in state and federal courts across the nation, with particular emphasis on the Minnesota appellate courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Our attorneys are known for their exceptional brief writing, insightful analysis, and persuasive oral advocacy–and many hold leadership positions with the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Council, the Eighth Circuit Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. Our clients benefit from our knowledge of the inner workings of the appellate courts and our participation in judicial administration and policy.

We can be involved in your appellate case in several ways:

  • Consulting at the trial court level to properly prepare the case for potential appeal
  • Consulting at the appellate level with clients and existing counsel regarding case assessment, strategy, amicus support, brief preparation, oral-argument preparation, and moot-court rehearsals
  • Assuming full responsibility for all aspects of an appeal, including case assessment and appellate strategy, brief preparation, oral argument, preparing or responding to petitions for review, and post-appeal strategy
  • Writing amicus briefs

Jeanette Bazis
John Baker
Davida Williams
Katherine Swenson

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We can help you navigate the appellate process in state or federal court. Greene Espel can provide objective assessments of potential appeals, craft briefs for parties or amici, and advocate persuasively at oral argument.

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