Federal and Illinois Appellate
& Post-Trial Litigation

Navigating the complexities of appellate and post-trial litigation can be daunting for individuals and businesses alike. Whether challenging an unfavorable decision or defending a favorable one, having an experienced appellate litigation attorney is essential. That’s where The Keleher Appellate Law Group steps in.

Our firm regularly represents clients from all walks of life in federal and state appellate courts nationwide. Lead counsel Christopher Keleher, a former federal appellate court clerk, has extensive experience handling federal appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits along with the Appellate Courts of Illinois.

When you meet with us, we will assess the merits of your appeal and advise the best course of action. We know the applicable state and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and have an impressive track record of success in both civil and criminal appeals. Trust us to guide you through the appellate process and put the law to work for you.

About the Federal and Illinois Appeals Process

The appellate process in both the federal and Illinois court systems involves reviewing decisions from lower courts. In federal appeals, the United States Court of Appeals, which consists of thirteen circuits (including the Federal Circuit), handles cases from district courts.

On the other hand, the appellate court system in Illinois consists of five districts.

  • The First District in Chicago
  • The Second District in Elgin
  • The Third District in Ottawa
  • The Fourth District in Springfield
  • The Fifth District in Mount Vernon

Each district reviews decisions made by the trial courts located within its jurisdiction.

Appellate courts consider the arguments presented in written briefs and may also schedule oral arguments. The appellate court’s decision can affirm, reverse, or modify the lower court’s judgment, or it may remand (send) the case back to the trial court for further proceedings.

Why You Need an
Appellate Attorney

Appellate litigation requires a unique skill set and an astute understanding of the intricacies of the law. Unlike trial attorneys who present evidence and arguments to a jury, our appellate attorneys focus on legal research, persuasive writing, and oral advocacy before the appellate courts.

We are adept at identifying errors in legal proceedings and crafting compelling appellate briefs. Ultimately, engaging our experienced appellate litigation attorneys early in the process enhances your chances of success, as we can analyze your case from a fresh perspective and strategize accordingly.

Types of Appellate Litigation We Handle

The Keleher Appellate Law Group represents clients in a broad range of appellate proceedings, including:

Criminal Appeals

We represent clients seeking to challenge criminal convictions or sentences. Our appellate attorneys meticulously review trial records, identify potential errors, and construct compelling arguments.

Commercial Litigation Appeals

Our firm handles appeals in commercial disputes, including breach of contract and business torts. Our appellate attorneys leverage their knowledge and skill to dissect complex commercial matters and present persuasive arguments to the appellate courts.

Employment Discrimination Appeals

If you believe you have suffered discrimination or harassment in the workplace, we can help you appeal an unfavorable outcome. We are well-versed in the nuances of discrimination laws and will fiercely advocate for your rights.

Intellectual Property Appeals

Backed by a comprehensive knowledge of intellectual property law, we are experienced in patent, trademark, and copyright cases. We have successfully negotiated millions of dollars in favorable settlements on behalf of defendants sued for intellectual property infringement.

Civil Rights Appeals

Our firm is dedicated to protecting the civil rights and liberties of everyone. We handle appeals involving constitutional issues, including government misconduct and other civil rights violations, and will ensure your constitutional rights are enforced.

Why The Keleher Appellate Law Group?

Our ethos is simple: quality over quantity. We are selective in how many cases we take so that we can devote the necessary time to each appeal. Many law firms seek to obtain as many cases as possible. But increasing the caseload dilutes the individualized focus. Because we keep a small caseload, your case is a priority. In other words, we will not sacrifice your case for our bottom line. Our comprehensive appellate services include:

  • Thorough Case Evaluation
    We will review your case, analyze the trial record, and identify potential grounds for appeal or post-trial relief. We will assess the strength of your legal arguments and provide you with an honest evaluation of your chances of success on appeal, even if it ultimately meansadvising against an appeal.
  • Persuasive Brief Writing
    We are skilled in crafting persuasive appellate briefs as we understand the importance of clear, concise, and compelling arguments. With meticulous attention to detail, the end result is abrief that effectively and efficiently conveys your position.
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  • Oral Advocacy
    Should the court schedule oral arguments, we are experienced in presenting convincing arguments to the judges. We will diligently prepare for oral advocacy, ensuring that your interests are adequately protected.
  • Post-Trial Motions and Relief
    In addition to handling appeals, we are well-versed in post-trial proceedings. We can assist you in pursuing avenues such as motions for a new trial, motions to set aside a judgment, or petitions for post-conviction relief, depending on the nature of your case.In sum, the Keleher Appellate Law Group believes in a collaborative approach to appellate litigation. We will work closely with you, keeping you informed at every stage of the process. We value your input and will involve you in strategy development, ensuring that your goals and concerns are addressed. Above all, we will provide effective representation and make your case our cause.
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