Appellate Law

The appellate lawyers at Friday, Eldredge & Clark use significant litigation experience in appellate advocacy to get results. 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.

Focused on Clients

  • Healthcare providers
  • Insurance carriers
  • Transportation companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers

Focused on Services

Amicus curiae, friend of the court - 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.

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. 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.

Appeals  - Our team has successfully handled appeals before the Supreme Court of Arkansas, the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Focused on our Team

Your appeal will be handled by a member of a highly regarded appellate team who are widely considered to be among the leading appellate lawyers in Arkansas.

Members of the team are recognized for their litigation and arbitration practice by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and Mid-South Super Lawyers. 

U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranks the firm’s regional appellate practice in the highest tier group.

Focused on Results

  • Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharms., Inc. v. State, 2014 Ark. 124, 432 S.W.3d 563; 2014 Ark. 126:  Members of the firm’s appellate team overturned a $1.2 billion Medicaid fraud judgment, an $11 million deceptive trade practices act judgment, and a $180 million attorney fee award against a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
  • Gallas v. Alexander, 371 Ark. 106, 263 S.W.3d 494 (2007): The firm’s appellate team successfully defended a constitutional challenge to landmark legislation permitting racing franchise holders to conduct electronic gaming.