Appellate Advocacy

Keen insight to shape the law

At the appellate stage of a complex litigation matter, a special set of skills and knowledge is needed to successfully obtain appellate relief.

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Reach & Depth

Far more than lower court decisions on individual cases, published appellate decisions establish precedents for the cases that follow. Accordingly, appellate practice presents the skilled advocate with a unique opportunity to shape the law.

FMG lawyers have gained keen insight into how trial courts render their decisions and how those decisions are analyzed by appellate courts by serving as clerks and staff attorneys for trial courts and appellate judges, on both the state and federal bench. We also are frequently retained to file amici curiae or “friends-of-the-court” briefs in appeals involving important issues for our clients. Given the breadth of our experience, FMG lawyers have succeeded in obtaining numerous far-reaching decisions for our clients, including landmark decisions from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Successes

Jason A Bezis v. Livermore Heritage Guild, Case No. A160921 (Cal. Ct. App., June 30, 2020). FMG’s San Francisco appellate team obtained an affirmance from the California Court of Appeals of a trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s petition for writ of mandate seeking reinstatement of his membership in a nonprofit corporation and other related relief. In a thorough opinion, the Court of Appeals held that the plaintiff lacked a present beneficial interest to be afforded the relief he sought, that laches barred his claims, and that the trial court did not err in denying his petition for nullification of the voting and elections at a meeting of the corporation because his membership had already lapsed.

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