If your case were simple, you would not have found us. Clients find us who are looking for help with complex cases, tricky procedural problems, or nuanced legal issues. We are comfortable working both in the center or as part of top-tier trial and appellate teams. Our goal is to navigate your case for maximum chance to win—both at trial and on appeal.
What do we mean by "strategic litigation"? Every litigation involves strategy of some sort, and every attorney has their idea of what strategy is appropriate. But as Mike Tyson said, everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.
See some examples of the kind of challenges we help our clients navigate when their cases don't go according to plan with the button below.
When all efforts have failed in the trial court, the appellate court offers relief through two procedures: a direct appeal, or a writ petition. The right to appellate relief is statutory in nature, and by statute only certain types of orders may be reviewed by a direct appeal. These include final judgments, injunction orders, postjudgment orders, and many types of probate and family court orders. What about orders before trial that turn the case upside down? Rulings that exclude key evidence, or that remove issues from the case, cannot be appealed directly, but the appellate court may review them under their common law authority when raised in a petition for a writ of mandate.
We help clients and other attorneys raise timely appeals and writ challenges, and prosecute them to victory.
“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if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.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