Appellate Practice

All cases begin in a trial court, and at some point, the case will end in the trial court. A matter could be dismissed by the judge early in the litigation, or a final judgment could be entered after a full trial. But at some point, the proceedings in the trial court will end, usually with one party unhappy with the outcome (typically the losing side, but sometimes even the winning side).  This is when you need a good appellate attorney.

Any appeal typically begins with filing a notice of appeal in the trial court. The party appealing -- known as the "appellant" -- must also designate an appellate record. The appellate record consists of materials from the trial court that the appellant would like to present to the appellate court and use in appeal.

Ms. Jansen has successfully prosecuted appeals, both as Appellant's counsel and Respondent's counsel.  She has written or co-written numerous appeals on diverse areas of Family Law such as custody/visitation, child support, abuse and neglect, and juvenile delinquency.

Ms. Jansen’s writing skills are solid and her ability to identify appellate issues stems from her many years as a practicing Family Law attorney.  No attorney can or should guarantee the outcome of a trial, but a good appellate attorney should be able to assist the client in recognizing the potential benefits, risks, and costs associated with the filing an appeal.


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