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When a verdict is on the line or an outcome is challenged, Beck Redden’s Appellate practice provides the highly-specialized expertise needed to either preserve or overturn the result. Renowned for both plaintiff and defense work in state and federal appellate courts nationwide, our lawyers have shaped law in many jurisdictions while in tenacious pursuit of superior results for our clients.

Many firms claim to handle appeals, but few understand the substantial difference in focus, tenor, strategy, and execution that consistent success in the appellate courts requires. Over countless appeals spanning decades, our lawyers have honed the expertise needed to identify and preserve even the most technical and nuanced harm and error at trial to our later advantage. No context is beyond our capability, and we frequently address matters involving class actions, mass torts, major commercial litigation, preemption and constitutional issues, and other complex high-stakes scenarios.

Our Appellate practice helps client by:
  • Understanding with great sophistication what is and is not of import on appeal, and are fluent in the factors, procedures, and rules of evidence that influence outcomes.
  • Managing the jury charge, dispositive motion briefing, and all other critical motions to make a favorable verdict more resilient.
  • Stepping in to handle appeals originally tried by other the trial counsel of other law firms to handle appeals, or to augment their litigation teams at the trial stage.
  • Preserving key errors at the trial level that form the basis of a strong appeal… errors that other lawyers might have missed, negating the opportunity to build a strong challenge.
  • Arguing cases before state and federal appellate courts nationwide.
  • For the institutional clients who engage Beck Redden for the entire litigation lifecycle, the synergy between our strong trial and appellate groups provides confidence, leverage, and value. Each group makes the other stronger and more likely to succeed, providing the client with multiple paths to a successful outcome.

Corporate decision-makers seeking the highest level of appellate advocacy understand the value that our expertise brings. Whether Beck Redden handled the litigation or not, we will step in. With a bench as deep as even the largest firms doing appellate work, we strive to exceed the expectations of in-house counsel.

All of Beck Redden’s Appellate practice partners are board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our roster includes attorneys with appellate clerkships at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Texas Courts of Appeals, and these judges know and respect our work. Our lawyers are members and leaders of numerous national and state appellate law bar groups, regularly speaking at conferences and events. Two partners are fellows of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the premier organization of appellate lawyers in the United States.

John Adcock

Of Counsel

Houston

713.951.6239

Nicholas Bruno

Associate

Houston

713.951.6232

B.D. Daniel

Of Counsel

Houston

713.951.6286

Chad Flores

Partner

Houston

713.951.6268

Parth S. Gejji

Associate

Houston

713.951.6288

David M. Gunn

Partner

Houston

713.951.6290

Erin Hilary Huber

Of Counsel

Houston

713.951.6278

Kyle Lawrence

Of Counsel

Houston

713.951.6274

Alyssa B. McDaniel

Of Counsel

Houston

713.951.6280

Owen J. McGovern

Associate

Houston

713.951.6210

Allison Standish Miller

Of Counsel

Houston

713.951.6267

Daniel N. Nightingale

Associate

Houston

713.951.6285

Russell S. Post

Partner

Houston

713.951.6292

Mary Kate Raffetto

Associate

Houston

713.951.6223

Hannah L. Roblyer

Associate

Houston

713.951.6236

Joshua S. Smith

Associate

Houston

713.951.6273

Jim Taylor

Of Counsel

Houston

713.951.6258

Victory on Appeal

October 19, 2014

Fifth Circuit Review

October 10, 2020

SCOTX Update with The Lawbook

September 9, 2020

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David M. Gunn 713.951.6290
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Russell S. Post 713.951.6292