Appeals & Appellate Lawyers in Minnesota + Wisconsin

Are appeals any different than trials? Yes! There is a distinction between trial work and appellate advocacy that may be hard to see when you are close to a case.  Our appellate counsel view the case the same way an appellate court does — from a written record.  As appellate advocates, we can make objective decisions regarding the facts of the case, which issues are best preserved for appeal, and which issues present the best avenues for appeal. Our appellate lawyers understand how appellate judges think, they know the standards of review, and they can focus on making the appeal as persuasive as possible. Lommen Abdo knows appeals. 

Helping Clients Navigate the Appellate Process in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Our appellate attorneys focus on a number of areas of experience. They are adept at preparing appeal initiating documents, drafting appellate briefs, and presenting oral arguments. Our lawyers can also file petitions for extraordinary writs and handle cases in which a question of law has been certified to the state supreme court.  We also present oral arguments and handle mandamus or interlocutory appeals. In addition, we are happy to monitor trials to preserve issues on appeal and prepare briefs for motions such as for temporary injunctions, to exclude expert testimony, for summary judgment, seeking sanctions, and post-trial motions. 

We traditionally charge for most appellate work on an hourly basis. However, alternative billing methods can provide greater predictability as to the total fee you will have to pay to help you budget. We are happy to work with you to find a mutually beneficial billing method when possible. There are a number of options we can consider, including a modified hourly rate with a success fee or a fixed fee. 

Kay Nord Hunt, chair of Lommen Abdo’s appellate group, has herself handled more than 600 appeals in state and federal courts.  Because Lommen Abdo is a broad-based litigation and business firm, the appellate group, which includes Ms. Hunt and Michelle Kuhl, has handled appeals in virtually every area of the law before the Minnesota and Wisconsin state and federal appellate courts. It also provides appellate services in such specialty courts at the U.S. Tax Court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. The appellate group handles appeals for our litigation clients as well as appeals on cases initiated by other firms.  We represent clients in disputes involving family law, insurance, employment, contracts, shareholder disputes, professional liability, tax, liens and many other matters. 

Minnesota + Wisconsin Appeals Lawyers

Commonly Asked Questions

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What is an appeal?

In an appeal, a higher court reviews the decision of a lower court. You can appeal cases at both the state and federal level.  

What does an appellate lawyer do?

Our appellate attorneys will carefully review your case, including trial transcripts, evidentiary materials, and motions. We will help determine if there are grounds for your appeal and, if so, we will help build the case. 

Why should I hire a Lommen Abdo appellate attorney?

We have the vast experience and knowledge needed to help win your appeal. Our attorneys are tenacious and down-to-earth. They want what is best for their client, you, and they will work tirelessly for you. 

News + Articles

The Long Road to Reversal (or Affirmance)

The Long Road to Reversal (or Affirmance)

One consideration in deciding whether to appeal is how long it will take to obtain a decision from the appellate court. Luckily, most appeals in Minnesota follow a fairly predictable timeline, so it is possible to plan ahead. Ordering Transcripts The first step after...

Counting Down to Your Appeal Deadline

Counting Down to Your Appeal Deadline

Whenever you are considering appealing a district court decision, it is crucial to immediately calculate the appeal deadline. Unlike some other court deadlines, the appeal deadline generally cannot be extended or waived the court. If you miss the deadline, you lose...

Get to Know Joe Simmer

Get to Know Joe Simmer

Collaboration is one of our core tenants, along with caring deeply about our clients and keeping them at the center of all we do. When we invited Joe Simmer to join our dynamic and expanding team, we knew he would be the right fit when he explained his desire to...

Ambiguity in Insurance Policy Leads to Award for Homeowner

Ambiguity in Insurance Policy Leads to Award for Homeowner

A Warning to Insurance Companies The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an opinion on June 6, 2022 which could have ramifications for other insurance providers.  After the decision in Wesser v. State Farm Fire and Casualty, despite language in their policy, State Farm...

Lommen Abdo News – May 2022

Lommen Abdo News – May 2022

The next edition of our newsletter is ready for review and includes these articles: Kathleen Loucks’ Minnesota Lawyer article: Why are COVID vaccine injuries treated differently? New shareholders: Kelly Sofio, Michelle Kuhl and Wade Johnson. Factors to consider when...

Family Law is Complicated, But Also Beautiful

Family Law is Complicated, But Also Beautiful

Make sure to read part one of my blog series to catch up on this complicated family law case from Minnesota. My client showed up for every supervised visit, getting to know his now three-year-old daughter and becoming a familiar adult in her life. At this point, he...

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