Appellate Advocacy and Guidance

In every appeal, different courts, judges, and rules require a fundamental shift in the strategies and skills required to achieve litigation success. Led by former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson, our appellate advocacy and guidance attorneys bring an impressive record of experience and achievement to the new reality an appeal creates. At Robins Kaplan LLP, we serve both existing firm clients and clients represented at trial by other counsel by providing case assessment and strategic appeal guidance. We also provide insight and input on brief preparation and oral advocacy. Whether we represent the appellant or a client responding to an appeal, our ability to synthesize and analyze the case, the record, and the controlling standards of review can significantly aid in the creation of compelling arguments that earn judicial and client trust as well as precedential victories.

Our experience helps clients navigate the complexities of the appellate system in an effective and cost-efficient manner. Our appellate attorneys have handled appeals in state and federal courts across the country, including the Federal Circuit. Practice leader Eric Magnuson has earned a high profile in the world of appellate courts, having served as the President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the founding President of the 8th Circuit Bar Association, and co-chair of several ABA and state bar appellate advocacy committees. He has also authored and edited several leading texts on appellate law and practice, including Federal Appeals: Jurisdiction and Practice, the Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual; and Minnesota Practice: Appellate Rules Annotated. Our clients benefit from our tactical approach and the depth of insight and unique perspectives available only to a former state supreme court chief justice.

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January 18, 2022
Briefly: A User's Guide for Post-Trial Motions
Eric Magnuson and Caroline Moos - Minnesota Lawyer
November 23, 2021
Briefly: Five tips for presenting your appeal
Ryan Marth and Ryan MacDonald - Minnesota Lawyer
October 26, 2021
Briefly: In Briefs, What a Difference a Font Can Make
Eric Magnuson, Rebecca Zadaka - Minnesota Lawyer
September 28, 2021
Briefly: Federal appeals: How much notice is enough?
Stephen Safranski and Geoffrey Kozen - Minnesota Lawyer
August 26, 2021
Briefly: Motions for judicial notice in the 8th Circuit
Glenn Danas, Eric Magnuson, Stephen Safranski - Minnesota Lawyer
July 20, 2021
Briefly: Who Makes the Law in Minnesota?
Eric Magnuson - Minnesota Lawyer
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