Helping trial lawyers and clients navigate the complex appellate court system is the foundation of D. Todd Smith’s law practice. This foundation is built upon extensive experience in a myriad appeals cases brought to the Texas state courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Once engaged, our attorneys offer a turnkey solution for clients facing appellate review.
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Appeals and Original Proceedings
The D. Todd Smith Appeals Process
Following a completed trial court proceeding, a party may usually appeal to a higher court to review a lower court’s decision. Analyzing the lower court’s decision and the prospects for a successful challenge at the appellate level is the first step in appealing a case. This analysis is equally important for parties seeking to have a decision overturned, and for parties that want to see the lower court decision upheld.
This threshold analysis allows our Smith Nobles attorneys to identify potential procedural or evidentiary hurdles that a given case must clear, and communicate these potential issues to the client. We then work with our clients to help them make an informed decision on whether or not to continue with the appellate process.
Once the decision is made to continue, an often overlooked aspect of the appellate process is the transition from trial counsel to appellate counsel. Ensuring that all documents, evidence, and any other relevant information is properly and smoothly transitioned to appellate counsel is crucial. By monitoring and overseeing preparation of the record, our attorneys work with trial counsel to guarantee this is a smooth transition and the client’s best interests are preserved.