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Appellate Advocacy

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Our appellate attorneys have successfully argued and briefed cases before Louisiana and federal appeals courts. We have extensive experience in all aspects of appellate litigation, including writ applications, applications for rehearing, brief writing, and oral arguments at both the Louisiana Court of Appeal and Supreme Court levels.

Our firm handles appeals involving most areas of law including personal injury, family law, civil tort, and commercial law cases. Since one of our firm partners is a district attorney for the Second Judicial District, our firm is generally unable to represent people convicted of crimes due to a conflict of interest. However, we often represent district attorneys’ offices in post-conviction cases and have a record of success in criminal cases in the Second Judicial District.

Our firm represented a personal injury lawyer from New York whose rollover personal injury case in Madison Parish had been dismissed by a judge on a motion for a directed verdict after a trial lasting several weeks. The court record was 28 volumes, with close to 1,000 trial exhibits. Our lawyers were able to get the judgment of the trial court reversed. When the defendant, Ford Motor Company, filed a writ of certiorari (which our firm opposed) to the Louisiana Supreme Court, the court denied the writ, allowing our client a new trial. When we tried the case after appeal, it resulted in an 11.7 million dollar jury verdict.

Initial Consultation: Contact an appeals attorney at Weems, Schimpf, Haines, Shemwell & Moore (APLC).

Our Appellate Attorneys

Kenneth Haines has special insight into how the appeals process works in Louisiana, having clerked for judges in both the Louisiana Second Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He is considered by many to be one of the best appeals lawyers in northern Louisiana.


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