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Why do clients entrust their complex and high stakes appeals to EAP PLLC? There are really four reasons. We are board certified in appellate, highly experienced and innovative specialists, while not yielding to over-confidence.  We provide outstanding customer service, with the highest Avvo customer ratings of 10 and 5 stars.. And we are well-respected, well-known and even feared by some as aggressive, rigorous appellate advocates. 

Highly experienced and innovative advocates - Our attorneys pages, in themselves, speak to our experience and innovation. But what has earned us the respect of our peers at the nation’s largest and other respected law firms, the media, and many highly successful business leaders, is our innovation, our humility, our insight and our ability to consistently find better ways to achieve our clients’ appellate goals. Not only do we stay on top of current trends in appellate law, we write and provide expert analyses about those trends in leading legal and business publications and at conferences.

Highly trained, board certified appellate specialists working on your appeal - We are highly trained appellate specialists who write and teach on appellate practice, authoring entire chapters in books published nationally. We are a select few of the board certified appellate specialists (fewer than 200) out of The Florida Bar's almost 90,000 lawyers.   You can retain a larger firm and even pay more for greater perceived security, but you don't know when corners are being cut, when work that should be performed by a partner is being sent to an associate, when work that should be performed by an associate is being sent to a paralegal. And you have no way of knowing whether a board certified appellate specialist is actually doing the work, or just supervising an associat, on your appeal, and then reading and signing it. At EAP PLLC, you know who is handling your appeal:  board certified appellate specialists.

Each of our board certified lawyers has received outstanding confidential judicial reviews and peer reviews,  completed 45 hours of continuing legal education within three years preceding recertification, and  has passed a rigorous written examination demonstrating proficiency in the field of appellate law to justify the representation of our special appellate competence as "specialists".  Only formally board certified specialists can use this title.

Client-service oriented attorneys - Our focus is on meeting our clients’ needs. We often hear stories of attorneys who are cordial and responsive in the beginning, and then don’t timely return calls, don't timely respond to e-mails or don’t seem to understand the urgency of a situation from the client’s point of view. At EAP PLLC, we remain personally available to our clients seven days a week Our client focus is on forming a strong partnership with our clients, listening to them and truly paying attention to what our clients say.  

Highly respected advocates - Our good relationships with opposing counsel in all firm sizes, combined with our experience and comfort with the high stress that can characterize a large, complex appeal with a 4000-page appellate record, make us a powerful ally for our clients. We make better client advocates because we are exceptionally detail-oriented; we are oustanding writers, we teach other practiitioners about appellate practice and powerful legal writing; we have a forensic understanding of precedent, facts and options; and we understand how not to over-lawyer a case and churn a file for fees. Our high standing at the Bar is about judgment and the respect ours has earned among our peers, the Courts and our clients.

"Most lawyers know little about the inner working of appeals courts. They are not aware of the practical and doctrinal factors that shape appellate review. They do not realize that a judge approaches the appeal in a way that is very different from a lawyer."
Paul R. Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Effective Appellate Advocacy 24 No. 4 Litigation 19 (Summer 1998).

"[T]here is a difference between the skills needed in litigating a case before trial and appellate courts. Trial litigation - focusing on jury trials - requires jury arguments that are generally structured to lead ordinary people to decide something based on compelling emotional arguments. . . . Thus, the ability to evoke an emotional response is important in making jury arguments. In appellate advocacy, however, the emphasis switches and the attorney must stress the application of law to facts - keeping in mind the appellate court's concern for uniformity of the law and doing justice."
Hon. Leander Shaw, Supreme Court of Florida, 
quoted in Appellate Specialization and the Art of Appellate Advocacyby J. S. Carroll,  74-June Fla. B.J. 107 (2000) (quoting letter to author).

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