Appellate Practice

Appellate Group

Primary Contacts

Michael L. Jackson
Phone: (205) 874-0315
Fax: (205) 874-3251
Email Mike

Albert L. Jordan
Phone: (205) 874-0305
Fax: (205) 874-3250
Email Bert

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt has an extensive appellate-litigation practice with experienced attorneys. These attorneys handle cases before both state and federal courts of appeals, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Alabama, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and appeals from administrative agencies.

Wallace Jordan attorneys have appeared in well over a hundred appellate proceedings. The firm's appellate lawyers handle all types of appeals, including appeals from final judgments, interlocutory appeals, applications for rehearing, petitions for writs of certiorari, and petitions for writs of mandamus or prohibition.

Attorneys in the firm's appellate practice pursue and defend appeals from cases that were handled at the trial-court level by Wallace Jordan attorneys as well as attorneys from other firms. Wallace Jordan’s appellate lawyers independently assess and study the record on appeal, but they also frequently work with the trial attorneys to utilize their knowledge of the case. The firm’s appellate counsel add a fresh perspective, appellate experience, knowledge of appellate courts and procedures, and expertise in writing briefs and presenting oral arguments, all which give the client the highest likelihood for the best result on the appeal.

Wallace Jordan's appellate attorneys handle appeals in cases on a wide variety of subjects and represent both parties who were plaintiffs and parties who were defendants in the trial court. Recent cases cover a wide range of legal areas including arbitration, child custody, real estate, employment, elections, voting rights, and fraud. The firm’s appellate lawyers also prepare amicus curiae briefs on behalf of organizations or entities who are not parties to an appeal but have an interest in the outcome.

Practicing before appellate courts requires a different set of skills, knowledge, and expertise than practicing before trial courts. While trial attorneys focus on obtaining information through discovery, questioning witnesses, and making arguments in court to non-lawyer juries, appellate lawyers focus on writing persuasive briefs to the judges on the appeals court. Wallace Jordan’s appellate-practice attorneys are highly skilled legal writers and researchers who can present the case to appellate judges in a way best designed to achieve the desired results. The firm’s attorneys are also highly effective at arguing in person before appellate court judges when the courts permit oral argument. Wallace Jordan’s appellate counsel can navigate the different procedural rules that govern appeals. Procedural errors by lawyers inexperienced with appeals can be fatal to an appeal. The experience and knowledge of Wallace Jordan’s appellate attorneys allows them to provide a more efficient and often more cost-effective appeal without compromising the quality of the advocacy of the case before the appellate court.

Cases of Note:

Practicing Attorneys

Albert L. Jordan

Kimberly R. West

Michael L. Jackson

Matthew D. Fridy

Susan M. Brown