The appellate procedure is governed by its own unique set of written and unwritten practices, it is relatively rule-bound, and is also strewn with pitfalls for the unwary or inexperienced.
The Appellate Law and Litigation attorneys at Smith Haughey devote themselves daily to navigating Michigan's appellate procedures—expertly and efficiently.
As dedicated appellate lawyers, our expertise is not limited to procedure. It involves a style of advocacy, as well. We have learned through many years of experience how best to communicate with the appellate bench in both our written work and oral presentations. We know that judges and justices, court commissioners, and court research staff want a concise written argument.
While many believe that briefing is the decisive factor in appeals, one should not minimize the importance of oral argument. A worthwhile oral argument should be a dialogue with the judges, not a fully scripted and laboriously offered presentation. Good appellate lawyers know that minds can be changed, and they know how to probe the panel for their concerns.