At The Keleher Appellate Law Group, we have extensive experience handling breach of contract appeals and a proven track record of achieving positive outcomes. Our appellate attorneys understand the nuances of contract disputes and have comprehensive knowledge of state and federal appellate law. 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your case, our experienced breach of contract appellate attorneys can help to protect your rights and interests. Trust us to provide you with strategic representation and informed guidance throughout the process.

Understanding Breaches of Contract

A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to fulfill its contractual obligations. To be legally enforceable, a contract must possess:

  • Offer – One party presents a proposal or promise to another party.
  • Acceptance – The other party agrees to the terms of the offer, creating mutual assent.
  • Consideration – An exchange of something of value between the parties.
  • Legal purpose – The contract is formed for a lawful objective.
  • Capacity – The parties entering the contract have the legal capacity to do so.
  • Mutual obligations – Each party has rights and obligations to fulfill under the contract.

Material Breach

When a party substantially violates the terms of a contract, it is considered a “material breach.” Such a violation harms the involved parties and prevents them from fulfilling their mutual obligations. Moreover, it undermines the agreement. If such a breach occurs, the non-breaching party can rightfully stop fulfilling its contractual duties and sue for damages. A breach can occur in several ways, including: 

  • Non-payment – One party fails to make a required payment according to the contract terms.
  • Non-performance – A party fails to deliver goods or services as stipulated in the agreement.
  • Material changes – One party makes significant alterations to the terms of the contract without the other party’s consent.
  • Time-related breaches – A party fails to complete the agreed-upon work within the specified timeframe.
  • Confidentiality breaches – One party violates the terms by disclosing confidential information.

Grounds for a Breach of Contract Appeal

When appealing a breach of contract case in state or federal appellate courts, the grounds for appeal typically involve legal errors made by the trial court that may have affected the outcome. The following are common grounds for an appeal:

Errors in Interpretation

The trial court made an error in interpreting the terms of the contract or misapplied the contract’s language. To succeed on this ground, a party must show that the trial court’s interpretation was unreasonable or contrary to the plain meaning of the contract.

Errors of Law

The trial court made an error in applying the relevant legal principles, such as the statute of fraud, parol evidence rule, or the doctrine of substantial performance. To prevail, a party must show that the trial court’s legal interpretation was incorrect or inconsistent with established precedent. 

Procedural Errors 

The trial court made an error in admitting or excluding crucial evidence that significantly impacted the outcome. For example, if the court admitted hearsay evidence or excluded relevant evidence, there may be grounds for appeal. Still, appellate courts typically defer to the trial court’s evidentiary rulings.

Errors in Jury Instructions

If a case was decided by a jury, a party can appeal because the trial court gave incorrect or misleading instructions to the jury. To succeed, a party must show that the jury instructions were erroneous, confusing, or prejudicial. 

Abuse of Discretion

The trial court abused its discretion in making rulings during the trial, such as allowing or disallowing certain arguments or witnesses. To prove abuse of discretion, a party must demonstrate that the trial court’s decision was arbitrary, unreasonable, or contrary to the interests of justice.

In short, appeals focus on errors of law rather than considering the facts. Importantly, state and federal appellate courts typically defer to the trial court’s factual findings, unless there is clear evidence that the findings were unsupported by the evidence presented at trial. 

Why Keleher Appellate Law Group?

When you partner with us, we will analyze the specific circumstances of your case and advise on the most appropriate grounds for appeal based on the applicable laws and precedents in your jurisdiction. Our experienced appellate attorneys will:

  • Conduct a detailed analysis of your breach of contract case
  • Review the contract, relevant documents, and trial records 
  • Identify potential grounds for appeal
  • Develop a strong appellate strategy tailored to your specific situation

We will leverage our exceptional legal writing skills and understanding of appellate advocacy to craft persuasive and compelling arguments, presenting your case in the most favorable light to the appellate court. With meticulous attention to detail, we will ensure that all legal arguments and relevant authorities are thoroughly researched and effectively presented.

Although navigating the appellate process can be complex, our attorneys have extensive knowledge of the Federal Appellate Rules of Appellate Procedure. If the appellate court grants oral arguments, we will effectively articulate your arguments before the judges. Backed by a proven track record of success in handling civil appeals, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for your appeal. 

Contact Our Experienced Federal Appellate Attorney

The Keleher Appellate Law Group has the skills, experience, and resources to handle complex breach of contract appeals. When you partner with us, we will help you navigate the appellate process and protect your interests. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

The Keleher Appellate Group is your premier choice for federal and state breach of contract appeals, serving clients in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, and the surrounding areas in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Colorado.