Thompson Coe has a deep and experienced group of appellate attorneys known for clear and persuasive briefs and strong oral advocacy. Acting as key partners to trial counsel throughout the entire litigation cycle, our appellate attorneys bring a unique skill set of compelling writing talents and a global perspective to every matter. They have the ability to effectively challenge or defend lower court decisions, and to provide forceful arguments and innovative resolutions to meet our clients’ needs.

Our appellate attorneys have handled thousands of appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country, including the Supreme Court, the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and courts in Texas, California, Louisiana, and Minnesota. Our team includes former briefing attorneys or law clerks for state and federal judges, and seven attorneys who are Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our experience and expertise has consistently produced results for our clients, as reflected by our recent, reported appellate decisions.

Our full service Appellate Section sets Thompson Coe apart from other litigation firms. From the start to finish of litigation, our appellate attorneys are there to help secure victory in the trial courts and to preserve it on appeal—or, when necessary, to overturn an adverse result on appeal. Our appellate services include: 

  • Appeals Perfecting, briefing and arguing appeals in appellate courts
  • Mandamus Briefing and arguing original proceedings in appellate courts
  • Trial appellate counsel Attending trials to provide support for trial attorneys on legal issues, including evidentiary disputes, trial motions, jury charge, and error preservation
  • Pretrial motions Drafting and arguing outcome-determinative pretrial motions such as motions to dismiss (based on lack of personal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, failure to state a claim), Daubert motions, and summary judgment motions
  • Jury Charges Preparing jury questions and instructions and preserving error at the jury charge conference at trial
  • Post-trial motions Drafting and arguing motions for new trial and other post-trial motions
  • Supersedeas Bonds Assisting clients in obtaining supersedeas bonds to prevent execution on an adverse judgment during appeal and defending challenges to bonds
  • Amicus Curiae Briefs Preparing amicus briefs for filing in appeals in which our clients or trade groups are not parties but are interested in the outcome