Appeals, Writs, and Legal Research Projects


You may find you need an Appellate lawyer in two situations. First, you have won a trial or significant motion in the trial court, and the other side has appealed that ruling. Second, you find yourself on the losing end of such a trial or motion, and want to challenge the ruling on appeal. In either case, you will be faced with short deadlines to take actions to preserve your rights.

Mr. Unitt can work with your trial lawyer to make sure your appeal rights are protected. It is also important to know that an appeal is not simply a re-trial of whatever was decided in the trial court, but is determined according to strict rules and “standards of review.” 

It is important to consult with an attorney with expertise in these rules and procedures to make sure your rights are protected and to help you decide whether or not to pursue an appeal.

Brian Unitt, a Certified Specialist in appellate law, has spent his entire career handling civil appeals and writs. He brings analytical ability and persuasive writing skills to a considerable knowledge of substantive and procedural law.

Mr. Unitt has often used his experience to assist trial lawyers to prepare and present their cases so that a solid trial court record is made allowing the eventual appeal to be successful. He can also assist in the preparation of trial court motions and oppositions including demurrers, motions for judgment on the pleadings, and motions for summary judgment.

There is no charge for the initial consultation.
You will have a written fee agreement. Fees are charged by the hour, and you will be expected to pay for the costs of the appeal as well. You will need to provide an initial deposit to cover the filing fees charged by the court, and the initial research and document review needed to get the case started. You will be billed on a monthly basis for fees and costs.