Appeals are our bread and butter. Appeals differ from trials. In a trial, the jury decides the facts; in an appeal, a panel of judges (“justices”) decides the law. Appeals do not involve factfinding beyond that performed at trial; the justices review documents, including trial transcripts, to determine whether there was legal error. In contrast to trials, appeals are mostly decided on written briefs. There may be oral argument, but almost always the appellate panel already has drafted its opinion.
Keiter Appellate Law has participated in approximately 600 appeals, in both state and federal court.