An appeal is brought to a higher court for review after an earlier trial decision is challenged. But it’s important to note that not all cases have the right be appealed. There must be a legal basis for it, such as procedural or substantive errors that occur during a trial.
Appellate attorneys have an additional skill-set that may differ from trial attorneys. They focus on established precedents and identifying errors that have a significant impact on a ruling. Given their critical role and opportunity to overturn an unfavorable judgement, appellate attorneys must have an acute ability to diagnose issues of a trial and precisely communicate those to an appellate court.
Quatela Chimeri has one of the most active and successful appellate practices in New York State. Our team approach includes attorneys who are exceptionally skilled at effectively communicating to appellate courts with written and verbal advocacy. Led by one of its founding partners, Christopher J. Chimeri, QC Law has successfully argued dozens of appeals and countless motions and stay applications in Appellate Departments, including the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state. Included in the QC Law appellate team is the firm’s partner, Honorable Joseph Covello, who has held positions as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, and Second Department’s constitutional bench.
Cases argued on appeal by QC Law have been cited in hundreds of decisions by other trial and appellate courts throughout the New York State. Below are summaries of decisions rendered on some of the appeals handled by QC Law attorneys.