Our litigation attorneys routinely handle appeals to higher courts.  Our attorneys represent appellants and respondents.  Many of our attorneys are former law clerks who began their careers working for appellate judges and providing the research used by those judges to make appellate decisions.  Our attorneys have handled numerous appeals before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court.  Our attorneys have also handled appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, to name a few.

A Unique Approach

Our attorneys develop strategies to preserve appellate issues before the need for an appeal arises.  By making appropriate objections and asserting arguments designed to preserve issues for later appeal, our attorneys position each litigation case for a strong appeal if that becomes necessary.

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In any appeal, our appellate lawyers understand that knowledge is power, and that effective and thorough research of the applicable law can mean the difference between winning and losing.  Our attorneys and staff draw on personal and professional experience, oftentimes through cross-practice collaboration, to provide synergies that lead to successful research, writing and appellate practice.

Appellate Experience

Whether in state or federal court, appeals are governed by rules and laws that are unique to the appellate court's jurisdiction.  Whether in a patent case ( Old Reliable Wholesale, Inc. v. Cornell Corp., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 26985 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (affirming summary judgment for DMSHB's manufacturing client), an employment case ( Sharp v. Hayloft Prop. Mgmt. Co., 2012 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 13 (Minn. App. 2012) (reversing finding of unemployment law judge and granting unemployment benefits to DMSHB client), a municipal case ( Eagan Econ. Dev. Auth. v. U-Haul Co., 787 N.W.2d 523 (Minn. 2010) (ruling in favor of DMSHB's municipal client), an alleged class action regarding residential mortgage lending, George O. Ensminger et al. v. Timberland Mortgage Services, Inc. et al., 2010 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 341 (Minn. App. 2010) (affirming dismissal of all claims against DMSHB's residential lender client) or a criminal appeal, State v. Brooks, 2010 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 615 (Minn. App. 6, 2010) (affirming decision for DMSHB's municipal client), our attorneys have appellate experience in a wide variety of practice areas and industries.

Our attorneys have represented clients in the following appeals:

  • Apple Valley Square v. City of Apple Valley, 472 N.W.2d 681 (Minn. App. 1991).
  • Belille v. Comm. of Public Safety, 411 N.W.2d 589 (Minn. App. 1987).
  • Bengston, et al. v. Dzandzara, et al., 2006 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 226 (Minn. App. 2006).
  • Bishop v. Bishop, 2010 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1141 (Minn. App. 2010).
  • Caponi v. City of Eagan, 1995 Minn. App. LEXIS 982 (Minn. App. 1995).
  • City of Eagan v. Finch, 1998 Minn. App. LEXIS 563 (Minn. App. 1998).
  • City of Eagan v. Olson, 1998 Minn. App. LEXIS 1137 (Minn. App. 1998).
  • City of Jordan v. Church of St. John the Baptist of Jordan, 764 N.W.2d 71 (Minn. App. 2009).
  • Concept Properties, LLP v. City of Minnetrista, 694 N.W.2d 804 (Minn. App. 2005).
  • Costa v. Carambola Partners, LLC, 590 F. Supp. 2d 1141 (D. Minn. 2008).
  • D&D Mechanized Trucking, Inc. v. Rihm Motor Co., 750 N.W.2d 519, (Wisc. Ct. App. 2008).
  • Dachtera, et al. v. Whitehouse, 609 N.W.2d 248 (Minn. App. 2000).
  • Eagan Econ. Dev. Auth. v. U-Haul, Co., 787 N.W.2d 523 (Minn. 2010).
  • EHW Properties v. City of Eagan, 503 N.W.2d 135 (Minn. App. 1993).
  • Ensminger et al. v. Timberland Mortgage Services, Inc. et al., 2010 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 341 (Minn. App. 2010).
  • Equity Trust Co. v. Cole, 766 N.W.2d 334 (Minn. App. 2009).
  • Florine, et al. v. City of Eagan, 1997 Minn. App. LEXIS 698 (Minn. App. 1997).
  • Greer v. City of Eagan, 486 N.W.2d 470 (Minn. App. 1992).
  • Hampton Bank v. River City Yachts, Inc., et al., 528 N.W.2d 880 (Minn. App. 1995).
  • Hessler v. Hessler, 2004 Minn. App. LEXIS 279 (Minn. App. 2004).
  • Horace Mann Ins. Co. v. Ferguson, et al., 2008 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 648 (Minn. App. 2008).
  • In re On-Sale Liquor License, 2010 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1092 (Minn. App. 2010).
  • Instant Testing Co., et al. v. Community Security Bank, et al., 715 N.W.2d 124 (Minn. App. 2006).
  • Johnson v. City of Eagan, 1997 Minn. App. LEXIS 1352 (Minn. App. 1997).
  • Johnson v. Wright, 682 N.W.2d 671 (Minn. App. 2004).
  • Kassan Realty Co. v. Metzen Realty, Inc., 1999 Minn. App. LEXIS 1295 (Minn. App. 1999).
  • Keenan v. Keenan, 2006 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 993 (Minn. App. 2006).
  • Kelm v. Kelm, 1988 Minn. App. LEXIS 145 (Minn. App. 1988).
  • Kerr v. Kerr, 770 N.W. 2d 567 (Minn. App. 2009).
  • Khosa v. Crandall, 2005 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 335 (Minn. App. 2005).
  • Knudtson v. City of Coates, 519 N.W.2d 166 (Minn. 1994).
  • Lisser v. Lisser, 2006 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1389 (Minn. App. 2006).
  • Majestic Inc. v. Berry, 593 N.W.2d 251 (Minn. App. 1999).
  • McDonnell v. Comm. of Public Safety, 460 N.W.2d 363 (Minn. App. 1990).
  • Old Reliable Wholesale, Inc. v. Cornell Corp., 635 F.3d 539 (Fed. Cir. 2011).
  • Old Reliable Wholesale, Inc. v. Cornell Corp., 335 Fed. Appx. 417 (Fed. Cir. 2009).
  • Pavicic v. Pavicic, 1998 Minn. App. LEXIS 1170 (Minn. App. 1998).
  • Performance Computer Forms, Inc., et al. v. Bank of Elmwood, 1993 Minn. App. LEXIS 404 (Minn. App. 1993).
  • Pomrenke v. Comm'r of Commerce, 677 N.W.2d 85 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004).
  • Radke v. Radke, 1990 Minn. App. LEXIS 540 (Minn. App. 1990).
  • Ryman v. Ryman, 2000 Minn. App. LEXIS 461 (Minn. App. 2000).
  • Schmitz, et al. v. City of Farmington, 2007 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 753 (Minn. App. 2007).
  • Shabaz v. Fox Compactors, Inc., et al., 19HA-CV-10-6966 (Dakota County, Minn. 2010).
  • Sharp v. Hayloft Prop. Mgmt. Co., 2012 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 13 (Minn. App. 2012).
  • Sjostrom, et al. v. Luxury Homes, Inc., 1996 Minn. App. LEXIS 1389 (Minn. App. 1996).
  • SLS Partnership v. City of Apple Valley, 511 N.W. 2d 738 (Minn. 1994).
  • State v. Demars, 2005 Minn. App. LEXIS 23 (Minn. App. 2005).
  • State v. Ford, 2010 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 325 (Minn. App. 2010).
  • State v. Granse, 1997 Minn. App. LEXIS 20 (Minn. App. 1997).
  • State v. Powell, 357 N.W.2d 146 (Minn. App. 1984).
  • Tweeton v. State, 2007 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 593 (Minn. App. 2007), review denied 2007 Minn. LEXIS 490 (Minn. App. 2007).
  • V.G. v. Bates, 1997 Minn. App. LEXIS 430 (Minn. App. 1997).
  • Watson's Properties, LLC v. Menard, Inc., 2002 Minn. App. LEXIS 756 (Minn. App. 2002).
  • Wisness v. Wisness, 2009 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 234 (Minn. App. 2009).
  • Wood, et al. v. Schlagel, 375 N.W.2d 561 (Minn. App. 1985).
  • Zehrer v. Helland, 1998 Minn. App. LEXIS 753 (Minn. App. 1998).

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