With prior experience working for the U.S. Court of Appeals and representing clients in numerous appellate cases, we bring a combination of proven success and a fresh perspective to all aspects of appellate matters.
Appeals are a world apart from trial litigation. The approach, process, courts, rules, and strategies involved in handling an appeal are far different from those in a typical trial litigation.
Not all attorneys are well-equipped to litigate an appeal, even if they are excellent trial attorneys. Whether your appeal involves an attempt to reverse or affirm a trial court decision, it is crucial to have an attorney who has a deep understanding of appellate practice, procedure, and strategy.
Given that appellate judges are often concerned with the consequences of their rulings on future cases, experienced appellate attorneys must employ creative and intellectual approaches to litigate the issues on appeal.
Appellate attorneys can also provide a fresh perspective on a case that may not otherwise be apparent to trial attorneys. Trial attorneys can become tunnel-visioned on the issues in their case, which can be useful for litigating through the trial level, but can also limit the possible arguments that should be raised on appeal. Engaging a skilled appellate attorney to take the lead or simply consult on an appeal can be vital to ensuring that all bases are covered.
We fully handle appeals in California and Federal courts, including briefing and oral argument.
We consult with trial lawyers who are handling an appeal in order to provide guidance and review.
We conduct moot courts for lawyers handling appeals in order to test arguments and provide insight and feedback.
Tact Law Firm's managing attorney, Norvik Azarian, has years of experience handling complex appellate matters, starting from his time in law school and throughout his entire practice.
During law school, Norvik was selected to serve as a judicial extern to a prominent Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In this capacity, Norvik assisted the Circuit Judge in evaluating appeals involving a broad range of issues, drafted portions of appellate opinions, and learned how appellate judges consider and assess cases.
In his final year of law school, Norvik was chosen to participate in Loyola Law School's Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic, where, under the supervision of Martin Estrada (the current United States Attorney for the Central District of California), he co-authored and argued a pro bono appeal involving novel issues of the right to bodily privacy under the Fourth Amendment and qualified immunity. The Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of Norvik's client in a published opinion.
During his professional career, Norvik has worked on numerous appeals involving complex and novel legal issues. He has represented clients at the California Courts of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has authored a successful opposition to a petition for writ of certiorari at the United States Supreme Court in a complex ERISA case involving a circuit split regarding co-fiduciary liabilities.
The following are some representative appeals that Norvik has successfully briefed to California and Federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court:
We are open to working with you to find the best way to pay for our representation in appellate cases. In most appellate matters, we believe that a fixed fee arrangement works best for both the attorney and the client. With a fixed fee arrangement, the attorney is free to explore all legal arguments and conduct research without concerns of rising legal fees, and the client benefits from predictability in their legal bills. However, depending on the circumstances, we are certainly open to discussing a traditional hourly fee arrangement for appellate matters.
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