Appeals

Successful resolution of an appeal demands specialized skills. Appeals are decided almost entirely on the parties’ written briefs, which must be carefully drafted to identify the strongest issues and to present a party’s arguments in a concise and convincing matter. An appellate lawyer often needs to argue not only the merits of his or her client’s case, but also explain why a given rule should be adopted as precedent for future cases. If reversal is sought, the appellate lawyer must overcome both the arguments of opposing counsel as well as the echoes of the lower court’s reasoning. In a close case, effective oral argument can tip the balance. Appellate Law Denver

Appellate law is a primary focus of The Witt Law Firm. Mr. Witt has received awards for his excellent oral advocacy and is a recognized as a skilled brief-writer. The firm is available to assist as lead or co-counsel on appeals, and it offers flexible payment arrangements, including contingent and flat fees.

 

 

 

Representative cases:

    • Hamon Contractors Inc. v. City of Louisville et al., Nos. 07CA987, 07CA988, 07CA2342, 08CA2511 (Colo. Ct. App. 2009-10) (In series of appeals, successfully obtained reversal of orders finding firm’s client liable for attorney fees and finding that firm’s client had agreed to unfavorable settlement; following trial on remand, case ultimately settled for $1.6 million).
    • Hamon Contractors Inc. v. Colorado Department of Transportation, No. 08CA810 (Colo. Ct. App. Mar. 12, 2009) (unpublished) (Successfully obtained reversal of order finding that firm’s client had not preserved claim for unpaid rock excavation; appellate court remanded with instruction to find in client’s favor).
    • Park Rise Homeowners Ass’n, Inc. v. Resource Construction Co., 155 P.3d 427 (Colo. App. 2006) (Successfully obtained reversal of directed verdict in construction defect dispute).
    • Heritage Village Owners Ass’n v. Golden Heritage Investors, Ltd. 89 P.3d 513 (Colo. App. 2004) (Successfully obtained affirmance of order recognizing homeowner association’s standing to assert breach of implied warranty and negligence claims on behalf of its members).