Appellate

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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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What the Judge Had for Breakfast May Actually Matter

Written by P. Michael Jung on May 22, 2017

Have you ever told your client that the outcome of the case “may turn on what the judge had for breakfast this morning?”  No doubt you were speaking metaphorically, but it turns out you may have been more literally correct than you might think.  Or, at least, that cases can turn on how long it’s Read More…


Texas Supreme Court Allows Cure for Missing Certificate of Merit

Written by Tate Hemingson on May 8, 2017

Section 150.002 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code requires a plaintiff seeking damages arising from services rendered by a licensed professional (e.g., engineers, architects) to file with its original petition an expert affidavit showing its claim has merit. If a plaintiff does not file a complying affidavit, the court “shall” dismiss the claim, and Read More…


Collateral Attack on Final Judgment Disallowed

Written by Robert O'Boyle on April 24, 2017

In Engelman Irrigation District v. Shields Brothers, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 294 (Tex. March 17, 2007), the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals’ ruling that a final judgment could not be declared void on the ground that a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court on governmental immunity should be given retroactive effect.  In Read More…


Texas Supreme Court Clarifies The “Independent Injury Rule”

Written by Jack Carnegie and Kelly Leonard on April 14, 2017

When can an insured recover policy benefits as damages under the Insurance Code, potentially trebling what would otherwise be ordinary contract damages?  That question, which has divided Texas insurance lawyers for more than a decade, was tackled and largely resolved by the Texas Supreme Court in USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca, No. 14-0721, 2017 Read More…


Developments: Pre-Suit Depositions to Investigate Potential Claims

Written by Jadd Masso on April 10, 2017

Texas is unique in allowing depositions before suit to investigate a potential claim. As the Texas Supreme Court has stated, “[N]o other American jurisdiction allows pre-suit discovery as broadly as Texas does.” Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 202 authorizes a person to file a petition in a court for an order to take a deposition 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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