Civil Writs and Appeals
The firm’s civil writ and appellate practice section is headed by its Managing Partner, Michelle Burton. Ms. Burton has authored numerous writs and appeals over the last 18 years and is a Certified Appellate Specialist. The firm not only prides itself on its excellent litigation skills but also on its legal writing. The attorneys at Shoecraft Burton believe skilled and effective legal writing often sets the tone for litigation and can often assist in educating trial judges in areas of law they are unfamiliar with.
Often trial lawyers who lack appellate training are unequipped to access difficult procedural and legal issues. Thus, it is important that they work with a skilled appellate attorney to ensure that the record for the client is adequately made and preserved at the trial court level. The last thing a client wants is to win at trial and lose on appeal. Ms. Burton has been called upon by clients and trial attorneys to assist throughout trial with the procedural rulings made by the court and to prepare post-trial motions such as JNOV and Motions for New Trial. Successful appeals begin with the guidance of appellate counsel before a trail is concluded.
Ms. Burton recently assisted in setting aside a 1.9 million dollar punitive damages award on a JNOV motion.