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JO Knows Appeals

An appeal typically begins when legal proceedings in a trial court end, for example by a jury verdict or summary-judgment order. If a party isn’t satisfied with the trial court’s decision, the party can appeal the decision to a higher court. The appellate court’s job is not to retry the case. It doesn’t hear testimony or decide the facts. Instead, it will consider whether the trial court properly applied the law, and has sufficient evidence to justify its ruling. If the trial court got the law right, the appellate court will uphold the decision; if the lower court was wrong, the appellate court will reverse the decision and send it back to the trial court often for further proceedings.

Because appeals are done almost entirely through written submissions, our appellate attorneys have developed a unique, easy-to-understand writing style that has been praised by judges, clients, and other attorneys. We carefully format our briefs and submissions to reflect the same attention to detail and thoroughness we apply to researching and writing substantive legal arguments. And—when it’s appropriate—we add pictures, insert boxes, graphs, and even hyperlinks to help judges understand our arguments.

Judges read thousands of submissions a year. Almost all of them look alike and read alike. Our briefs—with their sharp layout, clear prose, detailed research, and well-organized arguments—stand out.

National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month it is a month set aside to honor all those volunteers who dedicate themselves to making big and small differences in the lives of others. Most volunteers do not seek recognition, they just want to give back and help where they can.

In recent weeks we have seen many across the country step up and volunteer to make much-needed face masks for medical professions and first responders and to get groceries and other essential supplies for friends, neighbors, and families who can’t get out to gather those items for themselves.

Celebrate National Volunteer Month this year by thanking all those who volunteer to serve the needs of those around them.    

Celebrate Arbor Day

National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the 4th Friday in April. It is also known as the Tree Planter’s holiday, and has been celebrated since 1872.  It is a day to plant and dedicate a tree to help nature and the environment. Millions of trees are planted on this day. It is estimated that 18 million trees are planted each year on Arbor Day.


JO Knows Creditor’s Rights

Someone who owes you money went bankrupt. Now what? Can you still try to collect the debt? Should you file a claim? Can you foreclose or collect your collateral? What if the debtor defrauded you? How do you collect from a company in a Chapter 11? Should you do business with a company in bankruptcy? Can you get your product back? Should you join the creditors’ committee? And what does the creditors’ committee do, anyway? You have questions. Our creditors’-rights attorneys have answers.