Appellate & Trial Practice

Trial Practice

The Frank Law Firm provides skilled representation for a wide range of businesses and legal fields. The firm’s litigation and trial attorneys have a proven track record in resolving all types of disputes, representing clients as plaintiffs and defendants in civil, commercial, criminal and complex commercial litigation matters, both in state and federal courts and at the trial and appellate levels.

The Frank Law Firm’s attorneys focus on keeping clients out of the courtroom. We pro-actively counsel clients on ways to resolve disputes without the necessity of litigation and how to avoid future disputes. However, when trial proves necessary, our team of attorneys are aggressive, experienced, and skilled in the courtroom, whether facing judge or jury. At The Frank Law Firm, we stand by our clients from start to finish, guiding them through all facets of the case. When necessary, this includes appeals as well.

Our experienced litigation team has argued cases before judges and juries in state and federal courts throughout the United States, involving a broad spectrum of legal issues, including:

  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy and Reorganization
  • Business Disputes
  • Civil Rights
  • Contract Disputes
  • Consumer Finance
  • Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Contested Collections & Creditors’ Rights
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Enforcement & Collection of Judgments
  • Foreclosure Services
  • Government investigations
  • Injunctions
  • Insurance
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Matrimonial & Family Law
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury & Product Liability
  • Probate
  • Real Estate, Timeshare & Resort Litigation

Appellate Practice

When a matter involves significant legal questions, appellate counsel can be useful in the early stages in preparing or defending motions that may cut the action off or educate the court or parties on the issues, and possibly in teeing up certain points for interlocutory appeal. It is particularly useful to involve appellate counsel early when part of the case is expected to be appealed while the remainder is actively proceeding through discovery.

As an integral part of The Frank Law Firm’s litigation practice, our attorneys handle all aspects of pre-trial, trial, appellate and post-judgment proceedings in the most complex cases. Understanding the thorough preparation and critical research required in the appeals process, our appellate attorneys have the added resources of computerized legal research, and litigation support systems to aid in successfully handling complicated matters.

Additionally, most cases that are not resolved before trial will be appealed; having appellate counsel involved early may better position the litigation for that inevitable appeal. This is particularly true for certain pretrial proceedings that may end up being appealed, such as preliminary injunctions, which are often litigated on a very fast track. Appellate counsel can focus on the documentation and admission into the record of the various elements needed to prevail on appeal.

The following is a summary of the areas in which appellate counsel can assist trial counsel at the trial level:

  • Developing legal theories
  • Developing litigation strategy
  • Motion preparation
  • Pretrial memorandum/trial brief
  • Jury instructions and verdict forms
  • Involvement during trial
  • Jury deliberations
  • Immediately after judgement
  • Post-trial motions
  • Assessing risks and benefits of pursuing an appeal

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