An appellate court determines the finality of an order, judgment or decree when the order constitutes an end to the judicial labor in the cause and nothing further remains to be done by the court. Although this standard seems straightforward, its application often proves to be tricky. In this post, Amy Wessel explains how to...Read More

Is something lost when a Judge reads our argument only from an electronic screen? Steve Maher examines this question and offers suggestions about how to approach briefing in the ‘post-revolutionary” environment.Read More

Tampa partner, board certified appellate lawyer Suzanne Labrit explains how the ‘tipsy coachman’ doctrine may provide a basis for affirmance even if the trial court’s reason for its ruling is not the ‘right’ reason.Read More

What is the difference between the two rules? Simply put, one leaves the door open for new arguments while the other keeps it shut.Read More

Any Florida appellate attorney worth their salt is familiar with the Applegate line of cases requiring the appellate court to affirm the judgment on appeal when the appellant has not provided a record adequate to demonstrate reversible error. Although it may be tempting to rely on such caselaw when your opponent fails to...Read More

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure will take effect December 1, 2016. Steve Maher discusses the controversial change in reduction of type-volume limitations for appellate briefs.Read More

Can filing a motion for rehearing blow a party’s right to appeal? Yes! Suzanne Labrit outlines three common ‘minefields’ to avoid when considering a motion for rehearing.Read More

When is a motion for rehearing essential? Jake Monk explains when it is critical to move for rehearing in order to preserve an issue for appellate review.Read More

We review the issues and arguments presented, and summarize the opposing positions, on the pending question of whether Daubert or Frye will be the standard for admissibility of expert evidence in Florida courts. Read More

Shutts & Bowen’s Appellate Law Blog analyzes and discusses recent cases, news and trends of interest to appellate practitioners and trial lawyers litigating cases likely to result in appeals. Our experienced authors will cover how to navigate the appellate process, covering topics such as appellate jurisdiction and...Read More

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