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Appellate Practice

Vann Attorneys maintains an active practice in the appellate courts of North Carolina. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in all courts in North Carolina, and we represent clients in cases where trial court decisions are appealed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals as well as the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Our experience includes representing appellants (those who did not agree with the trial court’s decision) and appellees (the party which prevailed in the trial court, but needs to defend that outcome). We also work with new clients and other attorneys who wish to utilize our experience in the appellate process though our firm was not involved at the trial court level.

In addition, Vann Attorneys works with trade associations and industry groups in the filing of amicus curiae (”friend of the court”) briefs. These briefs involve situations in which the client is not a direct participant, but has a vested interest in seeing the appellate court address and clarify an issue arising out of an existing appeal. For example, Vann Attorneys was retained by a trade association to provide an amicus curiae brief in a successful effort to reverse a Court of Appeals opinion which was contrary to the interests of the association’s members.

Appellate practice requires attention to detail, knowledge of the Rules of Appellate Procedure, strong research and writing skills, and oral advocacy skills. The attorneys at Vann Attorneys have a strong track record through the appellate process and look forward to assisting future clients in this arena.

Appellate Advocacy

The attorneys of Vann Attorneys handle cases in the appellate courts of North Carolina. We have attorneys admitted to practice before the:

  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Our attorneys understand and have experience with the technical procedural maze that is the appellate process. The firm handles appeals related to cases tried by the firm’s litigators, but also works with clients and attorneys who seek the firm’s assistance solely for the appellate process. Our team of attorneys has a broad base of experience and would appreciate the opportunity to assist you with any matter relating to an appeal.

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