Appellate Advocacy

An unfavorable decision in the trial court is not the end of a case; it can be just the beginning. Regardless of the type of case—whether it is criminal, custody, protection from abuse, civil, insurance, workers’ compensation, divorce, or any other type of case—there are legal mechanisms to review the trial court or administrative agency’s decision.

The Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth courts are those mechanisms in this Commonwealth. The federal courts have the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, specialized circuit courts, and the United States Supreme Court. You can use one or more of those courts to review the trial court’s order.

These courts can review almost any decision in a case. Evidentiary rulings, the propriety of a verdict, the weight of the evidence, and several other issues are available as avenues to reversing the initial decision. They also have broad power to grant appropriate remedies—from a new trial to direct corrections.

The right lawyer is a critical part of a successful appeal. Each court has its own set of rules and special requirements. Appeals in Pennsylvania, for example, are governed by more than three hundred rules of procedure, dozens of internal operating procedures, and volumes of decisions interpreting the law and rules. An attorney who has experience in the appellate courts knows those rules—and most importantly, how to avoid the pitfalls.

At Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat PC, our appellate attorney, Daniel C. Bardo, Esquire, has handled over one hundred eighty cases before the appellate courts; he knows the rules and procedures, and has a proven track record that gives you an edge on appeal. If you received an unfavorable decision, we would like to review your case to determine whether it is a good candidate for appeal.