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Appellate Law

If an unfavorable court judgment has been made against you, it can negatively affect your life in many ways. But you do have options.

Board-certified in appellate law, Debra J. Sutton can help you seek a judgment reversal, a new trial, or an increased award of damages.

The prestigious Sutton Law Firm, located in Bartow, FL, is the clear choice to fight for you when it comes to making an appeal...

Choose the Sutton Law Firm For Your Appellate Law Needs

If you feel an unfair decision was made against you during a trial, we can help. Our esteemed lawyers have over 50 combined years of gold-standard expertise when it comes to assisting clients like you with appellate law and other legal needs in the Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, FL, areas.

Debra J. Sutton is a member of a small, elite group of Florida attorneys that have achieved Appellate Specialist Board Certification. Our boutique law firm, located in Bartow's historic Mann Mansion, features individualized services and a highly skilled legal team ready to give you laser-focused attention. 

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What is the appellate law process?

Debra J. Sutton, our board-certified attorney, discusses a brief overview of the appellate law process.

Why Retain an Appellate Law Attorney

There are many different kinds of lawyers. Appellate lawyers are litigation experts who study evidence and testimony in order to present complex legal arguments to appellate court judges. These arguments challenge unfavorable trial court judgments that were based on procedural errors or incorrect applications of the law.

Retaining our trusted board-certified appellate lawyer at the Sutton Law Firm in Bartow, FL, may result in:

  • A New Trial
  • Reversals of Trial Court Verdicts
  • Increased Damage Awards
  • Decrease of a Sentence
  • Moving the Appeal to Another Geographic Location
  • Emergency Appeal Hearings
  • Appeals Before the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts

Do Lots of People File Appeals?

*According to uscourts.gov.

Walk Me Through the Appellate Process

Sutton Law is equipped to handle the most complicated of appeals, dealing with complex statutes, mountains of evidence, and obscure regulations. 
Sutton Law is equipped to handle the most complicated of appeals, dealing with complex statutes, mountains of evidence, and obscure regulations. 

Appeal Is Filed

Sutton Law Firm files a Notice of Appeal on your behalf with the Circuit court within 30 days post-judgment.

Notice Is Forwarded

The Notice is forwarded to one of Florida's five District Court of Appeals.

Court Records Requested

Court records and transcripts from the original trial are ordered for the appeals court's use.

Initial Brief Filed

An Initial Brief is filed by your counsel outlining the grounds for appeal.

Opposing Answer Brief Filed

An Answer Brief by the opposing party is filed, followed by the appellant's responsive Reply Brief.

Oral Argument Requested 

A request for oral argument may be made, and if granted, the attorneys argue the case before a three-judge panel.

Our Lawyers Handle Many Kinds of Legal Appeals

To increase your chances of obtaining a favorable appeal decision, trust the team at Sutton Law, serving the communities of Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, FL.

Writ of Habeas Corpus

A Writ of Habeas Corpus questions the legality of custody of a prisoner or may be used to obtain emergency custody of a child. Count on the appellate and litigation experts at Sutton Law to act quickly and thoroughly to protect your rights from day one.

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Federal Appeals

These cases are heard in United States District Courts and may involve a U.S. governmental entity, a federal statute, or a dispute of more than $50,000 between parties in different states. Federal appeals are heard in one of 13 U.S. Courts of Appeal. The 11th Circuit court in Atlanta hears appeals for Florida cases. Our experienced attorneys can practice and present oral arguments in all 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals.

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Jurisdictional and Venue Disputes

When an appeal is filed, the opposing party has the right to dispute the court chosen to hear an appellant's case. Jurisdictional questions arise when the parties reside in different states or an injury has occurred in another state. "Venue" describes the geographical area the court is located within that state. Sutton Law has years of successful experience handling jurisdictional and venue disputes.

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Emergency Mandamus Proceedings

It may be is crucial to immediately address errors in procedural and legal issues that occur during a trial in order to protect a client's rights that may be lost if resolution awaits a post-judgment appeal. A carefully crafted Writ of Mandamus persuades an appellate court to hear these issues on an emergency basis.

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Complex, Accelerated, and Records-Intensive Appeals

Sutton Law is equipped to handle the most complicated of appeals, dealing with complex statutes, mountains of evidence, and obscure regulations. Extensive legal research and sophisticated, persuasive writing are critical to your chances of winning your case, so it is important to retain attorneys with extensive experience handling appeals. Whether your case involves an emergency writ or involves handling of extensive records and exhibits, our firm offers the background and knowledge needed to proceed and prevail.

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Supreme Court (State and U.S.)

A party that loses an appeal to the District Court of Appeal can request that the Florida Supreme Court reviews the case, but it is up to the Court whether to hear the case. The U.S. Supreme Court hears cases lost on appeal in the state appellate courts and federal U.S. Courts of Appeal, though they agree to review less than five percent of submitted cases annually. The attorneys at Sutton Law are admitted to practice before the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts. 

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Are You Facing Other Legal Issues?

Call on us for legal representation in various practice areas involving divorcevictim's rightsfamily law, and more. The Sutton Law Firm team is standing by to assist you in your fight for justice and a fair outcome.

Debra J. Sutton

Sutton Law Firm

Debra J. Sutton is an attorney who is board-certified in both appellate practice and marital and family law by the Florida Bar. At the Sutton Law Firm, with offices in Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Kovschak, and their team provide individualized, compassionate, and private legal services. Our popular practice areas include:

You can request a consultation with our board-certified attorney right now by filling out our online form or calling (863) 533-8912.

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