in Denver, Colorado
The verdict at the end of a trial is frequently not the final outcome of the case. Many decisions are modified, reversed, remanded, or overturned during the appeals process.
Appeals – A Unique Specialization
A successful appeals lawyer must possess a very different skill set than what is needed to adeptly navigate through the trial process. The audience is very different in the two areas. The jury is not present during an appeal. Instead, a skillful appellate attorney must argue specific points of law in front of a judge who is responsible for determining whether or not these points should influence the verdict of the case.
An effective appellate lawyer must be able to identify appealable issues and have the ability to devise a new approach to arguing the point. He must command exceptional written and oral communication skills in order to carefully craft briefs and oral arguments to affirm or overturn a decision based on legal precedent and specific points of law.
The Hill & Robbins Difference
The lawyers at Hill & Robbins possess all of the tools necessary to provide superior service in the area of appellate law. Our research skills are of the highest caliber, we know the substantive law, and we can effectively incorporate the scientific, technical, and specialized aspects of an appeal into our briefs and oral arguments. The appeals process is often very complex, and the judge’s decision may hinge on a seemingly small detail. It is important to have an attorney on your side who understands how to manipulate these details to achieve your desired outcome.
Unlike many other law firms, we do not farm out our appeals cases. We handle all of our appellate work in-house, providing us an advantage over other law firms who do not do their own appeals. We are able to start compiling information and points of law for use in the appellate process during the trial, so that we are fully prepared in the event that an appeal is necessary.
Hill & Robbins attorneys have argued appeals at all of the Colorado state appellate courts and have handled federal appeals in the 9th and 10th Circuit Court. Founding partner David Robbins has successfully argued numerous appeals in front of the Colorado Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and has argued before the United States Supreme Court on three occasions. Many of our lawyers are also licensed to do appellate work in the state of California.
Notable Appeals Cases
- Since 1985, David Robbins served as counsel of record for the State of Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court case Kansas v. Colorado, an original action related to Colorado’s alleged violations of the Arkansas River Compact with Kansas. Mr. Robbins has argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court three times regarding this matter. In addition, he has argued such frequently cited cases as (need proper titles) AWDI, Closed Basin Land Owners, In stream Flow (CRWCD v. CWCB), before the Colorado Supreme Court.
- Hill & Robbins defended the city of Black Hawk in a multi-million dollar antitrust case filed by Central City alleging a conspiracy to block the construction of an access road to Central City. We successfully got a motion to dismiss granted, which was upheld on appeal in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
When your legal dispute is bogged down in a lengthy appeals process, only a law firm with a distinguished reputation and longstanding track record of success can be trusted to represent your interests. At Denver, Colorado’s Hill & Robbins, P.C., we have the skills and expertise to deliver the outcome you desire. Please contact one of our experienced appeals attorneys today to schedule an appointment.