Appellate Representation

Outside Legal Counsel represents new and existing clients in appeals from judgments or verdicts. Timing is critical in all appellate cases. All litigants and their trial attorneys wishing to pursue an appeal should contact the office immediately.

Defective Appeals are Delayed Appeals

Too many appeals from busy trial attorneys contain technical errors and procedural defects, which cause delays and embarrassing defect letters from the court clerk. Get the assistance needed from an outside appellate counselor.

Experience in Both State and Federal Courts

Appellate counsel from Outside Legal Counsel has helped numerous attorneys with their appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. Briefs and applications have been or are currently before the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan (on appeal from the bankruptcy court), US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Representative High Court Successes

  • Porter v Hill - Michigan Supreme Court [Link]
    Reversal which resulted in standing for grandparenting rights in Michigan
    [Practice Area: Appeals]

  • Wenners v Chisolm - Michigan Supreme Court [Link] [Link]
    Lake access case success with use of unique procedural solution
    [Practice Area: Riparian Rights]

  • Studley v Twp of Hill - Michigan Supreme Court [Link]
    Defended against improper Land Division Act lawsuit; affirmed on appeal
    [Practice Area: Riparian Rights]

  • Jones Family Trust v Land Bank - Court of Appeals [Link]
    Prevented appeal based on claim of governmental immunity
    [Practice Area: Property Rights]

  • Bitterman v Village of Oakley - Court of Appeals [Link]
    High profile reversal finding secret donors info subject to public disclosure
    [Practice Area: FOIA]

  • Arabo v Michigan Gaming Control Board - Court of Appeals [Link]
    Reversed lower court's dismissal of excessive fee claim
    [Practice Area: FOIA]

  • In re Strozewski - Federal Courts [Link]
    Protected high six-figure judgment from discharge in bankruptcy (on behalf of another attorney)
    [Practice Area: Appeals]

  • In re Bitterman (3) - Liquor Ctrl Comm'n [Link]
    Obtained reversals in three case series before Liquor Control Commission
    [Practice Area: Business & Civil Litigation]

A Variety of Assistance for Trial Counsel

Why spend countless hours working on formatting and layout technicalities based on unfamilar court rules? OLC can assist trial counsel with:
  • determining the winning issue(s) to raise on appeal;
  • full case law and statutory legal research;
  • compliance with court format and briefing rules;
  • drafting, wording and layout assistance;
  • filing-ready documents delivered;
  • and if desired, arguing the case before the court in an of-counsel capacity.
Whether you seek a legal ghostwriter or full representation before an appeals court, immediate help is available from OLC. Contact the office today for an initial consultation and review.