Prevailing on appeal isn’t easy. You need a crisp, clear brief that distills and unpacks the issues carefully and persuasively. You need a detailed understanding of appellate procedures that ensures your case clears the technical hurdles. And you need a smart, agile oral advocate who knows the trial record front to back and anticipates every question and angle.
We are experienced appellate lawyers who have worked for federal appellate judges, written dozens of briefs on appeal, and successfully made tough arguments. We have ensured that rulings for our clients are upheld on appeal, and we have convinced appeals courts to reverse unfavorable lower court rulings. We’re creative, thoughtful appellate advocates with a track record of taking on tough appellate issues in both civil and criminal cases.
James W. Spertus and Matthew Umhofer both began their legal careers as clerks for the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, giving them insight into the appellate process and an acute understanding of what it takes to prevail at the appellate level. With numerous successful oral arguments under their belts, Jim and Matt have extensive experience ensuring favorable outcomes for their clients, in both civil and criminal procedures.
Watch Matt successfully argue on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest in front of the Ninth Circuit here .