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Knowledgeable corporate counsel understand that appellate lawyers are an important part of the litigation team. That’s especially true with litigation involving high financial stakes or important implications for future business conduct. The best practice is to involve appellate counsel early to help mold potential appellate issues, to guide preservation of the record for appeal, and to contribute to a long-term strategy.
Once judgment is entered – after trial or by the grant of a dispositive motion – the rules of the game and the intellectual demands change. Appellate courts are uniquely attuned to the broader impacts their rulings may have. This means that whether they were the plaintiffs or the defendants in the trial court, businesses need experienced appellate counsel to take the lead after judgment day. For over three decades, they’ve turned to GMSR, which has been named among the “Best Lawyers In America” for “bet the company litigation.”
At the trial level, complex business disputes often require a team of lawyers, sometimes including specialists with deep expertise in a particular legal area. The trial team has many chances to explain complex legal and factual issues, often in an ongoing dialogue with the trial judge.
Appeals are different. Now the outcome depends almost entirely on written advocacy – and for the party that prevailed at trial, on just a single brief. By the time of oral argument – always too short, if even held – it is too late to clear up complex ideas that the briefing has not explained to generalist appellate judges. This means parties need counsel who can avoid jargon, simplify specialized concepts, and boil the issues down to their essence. They need counsel who can speak the language of both the appellate courts and business.
This is what GMSR does.
Corporate counsel need realistic reporting of likely outcomes and options, clear budgeting guidelines, seasoned recommendations, and appellate goals that align with business realities. GMSR lawyers understand and meet those needs.
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