Practice Area


Successful appellate advocacy requires exceptional legal research and writing. The lawyers in our Appellate Practice Group have demonstrated these skills in hundreds of appeals in state and federal courts across the Midwest and beyond in a wide range of appeals. These include cases involving product liability, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and commercial disputes. They regularly appear in state appellate courts in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits, and in the United States Supreme Court.

Lawyers in our Appellate Practice Group maintain a close relationship with the firm’s other practice groups and routinely assist in developing trial strategies and writing key pre-trial, trial, and post-trial motions. By working in conjunction with the firm’s other practice groups as a team, the Appellate Practice Group enables Brown & James to provide our clients with the highest quality legal representation at every stage of litigation, whether before the trial court or on appeal.

Lawyers in the Appellate Practice Group are frequently retained to handle post-trial motions and appeals in cases tried by lawyers from other law firms. They are also called upon by corporate and insurance clients to monitor litigation and assist trial counsel from other firms with legal issues as they arise during trial. The group’s lawyers, when involved in the trial process, ensure that issues are preserved for appeal. Their trial involvement also ensures that cases are evaluated for successful post-trial review at the earliest moment and before substantial costs are incurred in briefing them on appeal.