Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen has a group of senior attorneys with extensive state and federal appellate experience. The Firm’s appellate attorneys, assisted when necessary by other lawyers and research staff, handle virtually any appellate matter, and some concentrate solely in appellate work and are board certified in appellate practice. These attorneys often routinely take over a case after trial and handle the appeal in a co-counsel relationship with outside trial counsel.
The Firm’s appellate lawyers have been involved in numerous proceedings in both the state and federal appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Florida and the United States Supreme Court. The Firm has also developed experience in all phases of administrative appeals, representing both private clients and state and local governments.
In addition to its libraries and computerized research capabilities, the Firm has access to the state archives, and to the law libraries and other research resources of several state universities, including the University of South Florida and the Stetson University College of Law.
A client may need appellate services only after being involved in litigation. However, many clients have turned to the Firm for independent appellate counsel both before and after entry of a judgment in litigation conducted by other attorneys. The Firm’s appellate lawyers often assist independent trial counsel and advise on issues that will likely result in an appeal. This consulting practice of the Firm enables the client to rely on the strengths of both the independent trial counsel and the Firm’s appellate lawyers.