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An appeals mindset for smarter strategies at trial and on appeal

To the rational creature, that which is against reason is alone past bearing."

—Epictetus

Kowal Law Group

Strategic Litigation and Appeals

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THE BEST SERVICE

I represent clients directly and support top trial teams. I was part of the trial and appellate teams that achieved one of California’s top 20 largest judgments in 2019, and one of the 50 largest in 2018. I am one of about 300 appellate specialists certified by the State Bar of California, and a commentator on legal trends.

OUR APPROACH

By joining your trial team early—before dispositive motions and trial—I help strengthen the core theories in your case, and develop alternative theories. This improves your chances at the posttrial and appellate stages, and positions your case for maximum settlement.

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Who Should Hire Kowal Law Group?

There are two types of people who hire litigation attorneys. First, there are people who file a lawsuit as their preferred option. If that is you, look elsewhere. The second type of people are those who litigate as their last resort. If that is you, we want to help. Here's how we are different:

Smarter Strategies

We design smarter trial and appeal strategies. As a certified appellate specialist having worked on over a hundred cases on appeal, I have seen what works, and what doesn't. Most attorneys identify their trial theory, but then fail to develop alternative theories. We explore the angles to create the smartest possible overall strategy.

Maximum Settlements

We position cases for stronger settlement leverage. We never put our eggs in one basket. As a certified Appellate Specialist, I take cases apart and put them back together again to make them stronger than they were before. By leveraging that skill early in the suit, I can make your case stronger, maximizing your chances of a favorable settlement.

Appeal-Ready

We are ready to appeal. Other trial attorneys hire me to serve as their embedded appellate specialist to fortify their cases for appeal and serve as a second set of eyes, and I do the same for my clients.

Record of Success

Using both trial and appellate court remedies, we specialize in developing unique legal strategies for our clients. Our trial and appellate victories total over $60 million.

Tech Savvy

We are strong believers that legal tech improves access to justice for litigants and reduces artificial advantages traditionally enjoyed only by large firms – and the well-heeled litigants who hire them.

Civility Pays

We don't waste time and money on pissing matches. We don't use four letter words or five dollar words. Litigation is hostile and expensive, and it cannot be made otherwise. But there is also no reason to make it more hostile and more expensive than it has to be.

Success Stories

  • During the initial in-person consultation, Tim listened carefully to the complicated contract details and outlined additional information he would need to approach the other party to demand performance on the contract. He outlined a step-by-step approach which he confirmed in the engagement letter for his services. Further matters, confirming facts, research, etc., were conducted entirely by email for the convenience of the client. The result was that the other party immediately chose to perform and further litigation was avoided! That's a great attorney! So we trusted him with a small matter and believe we will again call on him and his firm for more excellent service!"
    Client
  • I hired Tim Kowal for a landlord/tenant issue. He was very honest, helpful and actually cared about my case. I was a bit reluctant to hire him at first since most attorneys I have dealt with do not seem to really care about your case unless there is a huge profit for them. Tim was very diligent, professional and followed through on what he said he would do. If you want a lawyer with integrity you should hire Tim Kowal."
    Client
  • I did not get justice at my trial after I was taken advantage of by a lender. I think the judge made up his mind whom he wanted to believe. When Tim took my case up on appeal, he focused the case on the contract. The appeal saved my retirement."
    Susan Peterson, Client
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Success Stories

During the initial in-person consultation, Tim listened carefully to the complicated contract details and outlined additional information he would need to approach the other party to demand performance on the contract. He outlined a step-by-step approach which he confirmed in the engagement letter for his services. Further matters, confirming facts, research, etc., were conducted entirely by email for the convenience of the client. The result was that the other party immediately chose to perform and further litigation was avoided! That's a great attorney! So we trusted him with a small matter and believe we will again call on him and his firm for more excellent service!"
Client
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Let's discuss your case

My typical clients are not typical. I work with clients and trial attorneys in complex cases and appeals involving difficult legal or factual issues. If your case were easy, you probably would not have found me.

Most good legal strategies come from an informed intuition rather than squads of legal research. Writing in the 9th century, John of Erigena said, "all authority that is not approved by true reason seems weak. But true reason, since it rests on its own strength, needs no reinforcement by any authority."

Let's put our heads together and find the right strategy for your case.

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"So far as the beginnings of law had theories, the first theory of liability was in terms of a duty to buy off the vengeance of him to whom an injury had been done whether by oneself or by something in one's power. The idea is put strikingly in the Anglo-Saxon legal proverb, 'Buy spear from side or bear it,' that is, buy off the feud or fight it out."

— Roscoe Pound, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law

"A judge is a law student who grades his own papers."

— H.L. Mencken

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."

— Plato (427-347 B.C.)

"Moot points have to be settled somehow, once they get thrust upon us. If an assertion cannot be proved, then it must be settled some other way, and nearly all of these ways are unfair to somebody."

—T.H. White, The Once and Future King

"God made the angels to show Him splendor, … Man He made to serve Him wittily, in the tangle of his mind."

— Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons

Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your fellow men justly.

Leviticus

"It may be that the court is thought to be excessively legalistic. I should be sorry to think that it is anything else."

— Hon. Sir Owen Dixon, Chief Justice of Australia

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?”

— James Madison, Federalist 62

"Counsel on the firing line in an actual trial must be prepared for surprises, including requests for amendments of pleading. They cannot ask that a judgment afterwards obtained be set aside merely because their equilibrium was slightly disturbed by an unexpected motion."

Posz v. Burchell (1962) 209 Cal.App.2d 324, 334

"At common law, barratry was 'the offense of frequently exciting and stirring up suits and quarrels' (4 Blackstone, Commentaries 134) and was punished as a misdemeanor."

Rubin v. Green (1993) 4 Cal.4th 1187

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