The appellate team at Bishop & Mills works with some of the best trial lawyers in the State to handle the biggest appeals in nearly all areas of the law.
In addition to appellate work on cases in which Bishop & Mills has been involved at the trial level, the firm’s appellate team is frequently brought in by highly experienced and respected trial lawyers across the state to either prosecute the appropriate appellate actions when the client suffered an adverse result or to defend appeals of favorable results. From brief writing to oral argument to seeking review in higher appellate courts, the reputation and skills of these appellate lawyers are second to none. They combine a passionate commitment to achieving appellate justice for their clients with a practical understanding not just the often Byzantine appellate process, but also how to select and frame the issues most likely to find success in a particular appellate court or before a particular panel of judges.
Areas of Representation
The firm’s appellate practice spans almost every imaginable area of the law, including business, personal injury and malpractice (plaintiffs only), class action, civil rights, family law, criminal, and administrative appeals. Its appellate lawyers have represented all kinds of clients: everyday people; families who lost loved ones; national corporations and business executives; non-profit organizations; entrepreneurs, small businesses, and local bars and restaurants; doctors, lawyers, and other professionals; artists and athletes; leaders of business and the community; the State of Florida and elected officials; media organizations; children and their guardians; parents and grandparents fighting for their children; immigrants; and prisoners detained, convicted, or sentenced for everything from white collar crimes to drug offenses to first-degree murder, including four death row inmates.
Protecting Client Relationships
Though Bishop & Mills has the capability of providing the full spectrum of trial-level services in high stakes cases, it ensures complete protection of the relationship between outside trial counsel and the client. It also works cooperatively with other major appellate firms in the state, including assisting when review in a higher court is sought in their cases.
The appellate team is also often retained to file amicus curiae briefs in the Supreme Court of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Whether assisting an out-of-state law firm or academic group shape their arguments to suit the specific court or preparing the amicus brief from scratch, special attention is always paid to ensuring the brief will truly be of meaningful assistance to the court and not simply a “me too” filing or attempt to grab publicity.