Appellate Law

Appellate legal services can cover a variety of situations. Attorney Ryan Anderson believes that all legal services related to litigation involve some aspect of appellate law, as the process of laying the groundwork for a successful appeal often begins long before you pick the jury. That is why he regularly provides a broad spectrum of services to his clients.

Ryan often begins working with attorneys and clients long before trial ever occurs, focusing on identifying potential legal issues and developing strategies for addressing them throughout the proceeding. Such services can include motions addressing jurisdiction, venue and choice of law; removal and remand to/from federal courts where appropriate; analyzing and resolving discovery and evidentiary disputes; drafting dispositive motions such as for summary judgment or to dismiss the lawsuit; and expert witness issues. Despite beginning his career as an appellate specialist, Ryan has tried multiple cases to verdict. He will apply his litigation experience in analyzing your case and its many issues and bring a litigator's practical approach to the legal issues that arise as your case develops.

At trial, Ryan brings his experience in trying cases both as lead attorney and as the second chair attorney to his role as supporting appellate lawyer during trial, offering both legal analysis and sound common sense perspective on issues involving preservation of error and trial strategy. Ryan also brings his experience as a member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee for Volume 1: General Negligence, Intentional Personal Torts & Workers' Compensation to drafting and arguing the jury charge. Having tried cases, Ryan understands the nuances involved in creating a charge that can be effectively argued to the jury.

Once the jury reaches its decision, Ryan can assist you in determining the best course of action, whether it be post-trial motions to disregard one or more of the jury's findings or the entire verdict; requests for findings of fact and conclusions of law; or motions for new trial. During this stage of the proceeding, Ryan can assist you in completing your groundwork for appeal or positioning your case for successful resolution.

Once the trial proceedings are completed, Ryan brings his considerable experience and creativity to representing his clients in and defending against traditional appeals in intermediate state and federal courts of appeals, interlocutory appeals to state and federal courts of appeals, and discretionary appeals to courts of last resort. Ryan also prepares Amicus Curiae briefs to appellate courts upon request.

But the most important service Ryan provides is assisting clients in deciding whether to pursue an appeal. Appeals are costly endeavors, in terms of both time and money, and should not be undertaken lightly. At this critical stage, Ryan brings common sense considerations to the process of analyzing your positions, the potential for settlement and the likely outcome of any appeal to enable you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed.

Experienced Working With Plaintiffs And Defendants

In his 25 years of practice, Ryan has handled appeals on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in the following areas of substantive law: business and commercial, general negligence and personal injury, insurance coverage (first party and third party), professional malfeasance, family, real property rights, oil and gas, water rights, environmental, product liability, defamation, intellectual property and trade secrets, governmental immunity, health care, estate and probate, tax, criminal, military benefits, employment, workers' compensation, banking and class actions.