Appellate Advocacy

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PRACTICES

Originally conceived as a boutique litigation practice, the Firm quickly recognized the need to add additional lawyers to staff complex cases. From the core of five lawyers, the Firm has grown sufficiently to provide quality representation in the following areas of practice.

The comprehensive FWL list of appellate cases is a testament to the trust and reliance our clients have reposed in us through the years. We take pride in our contribution to the development of West Virginia’s common law jurisprudence over the decades. The legacy of our appellate efforts confirms our success and professionalism as does our participation as Amicus Curiae counsel in many significant appeals.

Our lawyers appear regularly before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. FWL lawyers also have represented clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the various Kentucky Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Most of the appellate appearances involve cases which our clients prevailed at trial with FWL lawyers as trial counsel. We attribute our high rate of appellate success to the capacity of lawyers to obtain a verdict and preserve it.

In recent years, FWL has accepted representations for clients who appear as Amicus Curiae in significant cases. In addition, our lawyers are always available to prepare or defend an appeal of cases tried by another lawyer.

Appellate success occurs because both the written submissions and the oral argument persuade the Court that the client should prevail. Because the vote of a single Justice may produce the winning majority, no client should be handicapped by having an appellate team which lacks the skills and experience to maximize the opportunity for success.

FWL accepts appellate advocacy representations throughout the state of West Virginia and in proximate regions of Kentucky and Ohio as requested. Our clients have confidence in retaining our Firm to handle their appeals because FWL lawyers have a proven track record of appellate success.

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