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Appeals

Lawyers and clients in Minnesota and beyond turn to Maslon's Appellate Group to preserve their trial court victories or to persuade an appeals court of the trial court's error. Our attorneys have earned a place among leading practitioners as the "go-to" lawyers for complex and challenging appeals in the Minnesota appellate courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and other appellate courts around the country including the United States Supreme Court. Our cases include important constitutional law decisions as well as leading authorities in every type of commercial, financial, corporate, and minority shareholder litigation. We are particularly known for our experience in product liability cases and the myriad of legal issues presented therein.

We pride ourselves on being team players, regularly offering second opinions to clients facing appellate challenges and working with trial counsel anytime that is feasible. Depending on our client's needs and the demands of the appeal, we will handle every aspect of an appeal or collaborate with trial counsel on the briefing and presentation of the appeal. We also frequently assist clients in evaluating potential appeals, arranging moot court sessions to assist lawyers for oral argument, and recruiting support for amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs.

Our experienced team includes former federal and state court law clerks, and Maslon attorneys have literally "written the book"—or books—on Minnesota and Eighth Circuit appellate practice. Continuing that legacy, Erica Holzer, partner and appellate practice group co-chair, co-authors the leading treatise on Minnesota appellate law and authors a chapter in the Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual. She also serves as the chair of the MSBA’s Appellate Practice Section and sits on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure. Our appellate team has briefed and argued hundreds of appeals in federal and state appellate court across the country, including interlocutory appeals, post-trial appeals, and amicus filings. We are also frequently sought out to provide advice to corporate and trial counsel to ensure that issues are properly litigated to put clients in the best position on appeal. Briefly, we've seen it all, done it all, and are dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for our clients.

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