Appellate

OVERVIEW

A jury’s verdict, or the ruling of a trial judge, does not always mark the end of a dispute. The appeal process — making sure the law and the evidence support the ultimate outcome of the case — is often a critical step in protecting the client’s right to a correct judgment.

Experienced appellate advocates have been part of the Strasburger team since long before appellate law became a recognized practice area. Founder Hobert Price was ahead of his time in focusing his practice on appellate work. The tradition he established was carried on by Royal Brin, now one of the deans of the Texas appellate bar. The current members of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group follow in those pioneers’ footsteps, bringing a wide range and depth of experience to the solution of our clients’ appellate problems.

Members of Strasburger’s Appellate Practice Group assist clients in a variety of ways, including handling appeals in cases conducted by each of the firm’s litigation practice areas, taking over or assisting with appeals in cases conducted by other firms at the trial court level, assisting the firm’s litigators with discovery issues, dispositive motions, jury instructions, and post-trial motions, consulting on trial court cases or appeals being handled by other firms, acting as legal adviser to multi-firm joint defense groups monitoring trials and appeals, preparing “friend of the court” briefs in important cases, helping with post-trial mediation, and other settlement activities.

Our attorneys are comfortable with whatever role best suits the client’s needs, ranging from brief consultation with trial counsel to working as part of a multi-firm team of lawyers to independent pursuit of a complete appeal.

The firm’s practice area leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities. To learn more about this practice area, please contact Michael Jung.

EXPERIENCE

Strasburger appellate lawyers have participated in about 200 appellate cases over the last decade, in several different federal courts and virtually every state appellate court in Texas and involving a wide range of subject matter.

Matters recently handled by Strasburger’s appellate attorneys include the following:

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House Amends Class Action & Fraudulent Joinder Statutes

Written by Judith R. Blakeway on March 27, 2017

On March 9, 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 and the Innocent Party Protection Act, addressing class actions and fraudulent joinder suits, respectively. The class action bill (H.R. 985): requires plaintiffs seeking monetary relief for personal injury or economic loss to show that each potential class member suffered Read More…


Strasburger Litigators Deal with Untimely Disclosures

Written by Tate Hemingson and Elizabeth Griffin on March 22, 2017

As seen in the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes. Exclusion of late-disclosed witnesses and evidence is a surprisingly common pitfall that can sink a case. Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, untimely-disclosed evidence is automatically excluded unless certain exceptions are met. What follows are the key issues to consider when confronted with late-disclosed evidence, whether Read More…


Can I Trade the Station Wagon? The Acceptance-of-Benefits Doctrine

Written by P. Michael Jung on February 27, 2017

When can you accept benefits under a judgment while continuing to complain about it on appeal? Until recently, the answer has been “almost never.” A 1950 case, Carle v. Carle, set forth the rule that “a litigant cannot treat a judgment as right and wrong,” with a “narrow” exception where the benefits accepted by the Read More…


Is Everybody Here? Supreme Court Defines Necessary Parties

Written by Tate Hemingson on February 13, 2017

Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 39(a) requires joinder of person who is subject to service as a party to the suit if that person’s absence would prevent complete relief or that person claims an interest in the litigation. Failure to join necessary parties can result in abatement and even dismissal. But what if non-parties have Read More…


Failure to Disclose Not Justified by Non-Fifth Circuit Authorities

Written by Robert M. O'Boyle on January 30, 2017

Lisa Velasquez Olivarez claimed that a GEO employee sexually assaulted her while she was incarcerated in the Maverick County Detention Center. She made recorded phone calls from prison to her mother and a friend, suggesting that the sexual contact was consensual. She sued for violation of her civil rights. The attorneys for GEO and the Read More…


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A jury’s verdict, or the ruling of a trial judge, does not always mark the end of a dispute. The appeal process — making sure the law and the evidence support the ultimate outcome of the case — is often a critical step in protecting the client’s right to a correct judgment.

Experienced appellate advocates have been part of the Strasburger team since long before appellate law became a recognized practice area. Founder Hobert Price was ahead of his time in focusing his practice on appellate work. The tradition he established was carried on by Royal Brin, now one of the deans of the Texas appellate bar. The current members of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group follow in those pioneers’ footsteps, bringing a wide range and depth of experience to the solution of our clients’ appellate problems.

Members of Strasburger’s Appellate Practice Group assist clients in a variety of ways, including handling appeals in cases conducted by each of the firm’s litigation practice areas, taking over or assisting with appeals in cases conducted by other firms at the trial court level, assisting the firm’s litigators with discovery issues, dispositive motions, jury instructions, and post-trial motions, consulting on trial court cases or appeals being handled by other firms, acting as legal adviser to multi-firm joint defense groups monitoring trials and appeals, preparing “friend of the court” briefs in important cases, helping with post-trial mediation, and other settlement activities.

Our attorneys are comfortable with whatever role best suits the client’s needs, ranging from brief consultation with trial counsel to working as part of a multi-firm team of lawyers to independent pursuit of a complete appeal.

The firm’s practice area leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities. To learn more about this practice area, please contact Michael Jung.

EXPERIENCE

Strasburger appellate lawyers have participated in about 200 appellate cases over the last decade, in several different federal courts and virtually every state appellate court in Texas and involving a wide range of subject matter.

Matters recently handled by Strasburger’s appellate attorneys include the following:

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