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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E-Filing Comes to SCOTUS

Written by P. Michael Jung on November 6, 2017

First, a pop quiz: Which appellate court with jurisdiction over Texas does not use electronic filing?  You may be tempted to answer “the Supreme Court of the United States.”   But on or after November 13, the correct answer is “none.” As of that date, most documents filed with SCOTUS must be e-filed through https://file.supremecourt.gov.  Social Read More…


Texas Supreme Court Clarifies When an Expert Opinion is Conclusory

Written by Tate Hemingson on October 23, 2017

Conclusory opinions, especially by experts, constitute no evidence.  Two recent opinions from the Texas Supreme Court explain when an expert opinion is conclusory. Starwood Management, LLC v. Swaim, No. 16-0431, 2017 Tex. LEXIS 911 (Tex. Sept. 29, 2017) considered whether an expert’s causation opinion in a legal malpractice case was conclusory.  In response to a Read More…


Judicial Proceedings Privilege Allows Appeal

Written by Robert M. O'Boyle on October 9, 2017

The Fifth Circuit recently held that an interlocutory appeal may be taken of an order denying summary judgment based upon the judicial proceedings privilege.  See Bancpass, Incorporated v. Highway Toll Administration, LLC, No. 16-51073 (July 13, 2017)(hereinafter “Bancpass”). The Court also held that such an appeal does not deprive the trial court of jurisdiction so long Read More…


Cattle Rustling, Blackmail, and Punitive Damages in Texas

Written by Judith A. Blakeway on September 25, 2017

In a case that reads like an episode of “Dallas,” the Texas Supreme Court reiterated the rules for recovery of punitive damages.  Bennett v. Grant, No. 15-0338 (April 28, 2017). The range war began fifteen years ago when thirteen of Reynolds’ cattle moseyed over to Bennett’s adjoining ranch.  Bennett told his ranch hand, Grant, to Read More…


OPEN QUESTION: Applicability of Anti-SLAPP Act in Federal Court

Written by Judith R. Blakeway on September 11, 2017

A recent Fifth Circuit opinion in a defamation action is raising concerns among media lawyers. THE FIFTH CIRCUIT DECISION In Block v. Tanenhaus,[1] Walter Block appealed the dismissal under Louisiana’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute of his defamation action against the New York Times.  On appeal, Block argued that the anti-SLAPP statute was 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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