Overview

The appellate lawyers at Friday, Eldredge & Clark combine appellate skill with significant litigation experience and a focus on results. Our approach to appeals is strategic, and we use our extensive experience for our clients’ benefit. Knowledge of the members of the courts and their opinions, and careful development of issues over many different types of appeals, are among the strengths of our lawyers practicing in this area. Because we bring a litigator’s focus to possible appellate challenges at trial, we can lay the foundation for review on appeal in the most complex cases, including class actions. Our experience in appeals of class actions and other complex litigation is unparalleled in the market.

Our appellate lawyers are frequently called upon to file amicus curiae, or friend of the court, briefs in matters pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court that address significant, far-reaching legal issues. The federal district courts in Arkansas follow the practice of certifying Arkansas state law questions to the Arkansas Supreme Court for resolution. If our firm is not directly involved in the federal court case, these certifications are an opportunity for us to present a client’s views on the pending legal questions. We have done this on behalf of business and trade associations.

Our lawyers regularly appear as appellate counsel before the Supreme Court of Arkansas, the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and individual members of our team have handled dozens of appellate proceedings. Clients such as leading health care providers, insurance carriers, transportation companies, manufacturers, and retailers all rely on our ability to represent them at the trial level as well as on appeal.

Your appeal will be handled by a member of a highly regarded appellate team. The team includes senior lawyers who are widely considered to be among the leading appellate lawyers in Arkansas. Rob Shafer, a member of the appellate team who focuses his practice on appellate law, is a contributing author and chairman of the drafting committee for the appellate manual, Handling Appeals in Arkansas. Two of our partners have been selected by peers for appellate law recognition in The Best Lawyers in America, while other members of the group are acknowledged by Best Lawyers and Chambers USA for their strength in litigation (including class actions) and arbitration. Altogether, more than 15 lawyers at Friday, Eldredge & Clark handle appeals for clients.

Litigation Capabilities

Because the skills that make a good appellate lawyer are frequently critical at the trial level, our firm’s appellate team has an active litigation practice. In trial courts and before arbitration panels, members of the group regularly brief and argue pre-trial and post-trial motions, and work during trial both to shape legal strategy and properly preserve the record for appeal. We consider appellate issues at the start of each case, ensuring identification of error or prejudice, laying the foundation for legal arguments and preserving issues for review on appeal.

This exceptional combination of trial and appellate experience places an unusually balanced legal perspective at your service. It includes the ability of one of our lawyers to handle both the trial and the appeal, or to work as a member of your trial team and identify issues for appeal should the outcome of your case dictate one. Our appellate team can also examine your trial record and quickly grasp the key issues on which to base an appeal.