The appellate lawyers at Galuppo & Blake have substantial experience researching, briefing and arguing appeals in all six of California’s state appellate districts, as well as the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Whether you are a trial attorney searching for appellate counsel to defend your verdict or reverse an unfavorable ruling, or a litigant who needs a lawyer to represent you in an appeal, Galuppo & Blake’s team of appellate attorneys can help you.GET HELP NOW
When lawyers speak of “appeals,” they do not mean just appeals after trial. Although post-judgment appeals are one of the more common types of appeals handled by our appellate attorneys, we also handle other appellate work including:
- Writs of mandate, also known as petitions for writs of mandamus, ordering a lower court to perform an act.
- Extraordinary writs are a speedy method of commanding a lower court to correct an error. These are commonly used in discovery disputes because a trial court’s order on a discovery motion is not directly appealable through the regular, slow appellate process.
- Alternative writs. which are similar to an order to show cause (or an “OSC”) in the trial court.
- Petitions for certiorari to the California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court does not accept every case; it has discretion to hear only the cases which interest it. We have successfully petitioned the California Supreme Court to hear an appeal .
Experienced California appellate attorneys can identify the best option to seek review of an unfavorable ruling in the trial court. You will need attorneys who focus on appeals, because the legal issues in civil appeals vary depending on the facts of the case and the legal theories argued in the trial court. Our firm focuses its work on civil appeals – not criminal appeals.WORK WITH G&B
We handle most civil appeal subject areas, including:
- Appeals from orders denying or granting anti-SLAPP motions to strike under CCP 425.16.
- Appeals after judgment in a jury trial.
- Appeals after judgment in a court or “bench” trial.
- Appeals from appealable orders like denying or granting a preliminary injunction.
- Appeals from trial court orders granting injunctive relief.
- Appeals from post-judgment orders granting or denying attorney fees to the prevailing party.
- Appeals from non-appealable orders, like discovery orders or orders on motions to compel. (An order granting or denying a motion to compel is appealable through a petition for a writ of mandate, not a direct appeal.)
The full scope of potential appeals and writs is too broad to summarize here. If you need experienced California appellate attorneys to handle your writ petition or appeal, call our office to find out how we can help you.
Amicus curiae briefs are also known as “friend of the court” briefs, and they are filed by third parties in appeals when the outcome might
affect their interests.
Our California appellate attorneys handle appeals in all of California’s appellate courts, including:
- 1st through 6th District Courts of Appeal, covering all throughout California.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit, covering the nation’s nine western states and territories.
- The California Supreme Court, which has the final say on questions of state law in California. Most appeals in state court end in the California Supreme Court.
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Our firm successfully litigated appeals in California. A few of our more recent successes:
- We petitioned the California Supreme Court to review a decision denying an anti-SLAPP motion to strike. Experts estimate that the California Supreme Court grants less than two percent of petitions for review. The Court only accepts cases with well-written briefs and petitions in support, and only if the petitioners can convince the Court that the issues involved are important. Our appellate attorneys convinced the Supreme Court that accepting the case could potentially change California’s anti-SLAPP law for the better, and the Court granted review.
- In a case involving a dispute between two neighbors with beachfront property in San Diego County, our client was stuck in an unfair contract governing the use of a shared driveway. We successfully convinced the trial judge not to enforce the unfair contract, but the other neighbor appealed. Our client retained our firm for the appeal, and we successfully convinced the appellate court to uphold the trial judge, saving our client thousands of dollars in attorney fees and fines.
- One of our clients, a non-profit organization that occasionally acts as a commercial landlord, was sued by a commercial tenant for wrongful eviction, breach of contract, and a litany of related causes of action. In the trial court, we demurred to the complaint, which was dismissed by the trial judge. The commercial tenant appealed. After oral argument and briefing, the appellate court upheld the trial court’s decision dismissing most of the causes of action, allowing only minor amendments to the complaint on remand.
Our client owned land in fee simple, but a neighboring property owner wanted to obtain an easement over the land for its own private use. The trial judge granted our motion for summary judgment dismissing the neighbor’s case. The appellate court upheld the substance of the summary judgment in our client’s favor, allowing a minor adjustment to the complaint which promoted settlement between the parties soon after the appeal concluded.