Appellate

No matter the result in the trial court, many disputes are decided at the appellate level.  Often, the counsel you retain will make or break your chance of success on appeal because getting the right result requires specific appellate skills.  These include: insightful analysis of the issues; thorough research of the law; careful review of the factual record; persuasive brief writing; cogent oral argument; and knowledge of the rules.  McDonald Carano’s appellate team has the abilities in each of these areas to place it among the most experienced and qualified in Nevada.

McDonald Carano handles appeals – simple to complex – at all levels of appellate court and administrative agency review.  Our success spans the Nevada Supreme Court, California’s Court of Appeals and the Federal Court of Appeal, in particular the Ninth Circuit.  McDonald Carano played an instrumental role in the formation of Nevada’s Court of Appeals and the concurrent overhaul of the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure.  Our attorneys also serve as authors of numerous chapters in the regularly updated Nevada Appellate Practice Manual (2016, 2018 and 2021 editions).

The practice of appellate law demands intellectual acuity and discipline to develop precision briefs and compelling arguments. Our appellate team consistently delivers the exceptional writing, analytical acumen and oral advocacy skills needed to present our clients’ position in the most persuasive way possible. We also use our extensive and collective experience as judicial law clerks in the Nevada Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and other state and federal courts to develop appellate strategy and provide the highest caliber representation.

Practice Area News

Federal Appellate
Procedure Update:
New Merger Principle
for Notices of Appeal

A variety of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure took effect on December 2, 2021 as adopted by the Supreme Court on April 14, 2021. One amendment…

McDonald Carano Litigation Team
Upends National Out-of-Network
Healthcare Reimbursement System
with $62.65 Million Jury Verdict

McDonald Carano congratulates Pat Lundvall, Kristen Gallagher and Amanda Perach on serving as lead Nevada trial counsel in an industry-changing jury verdict in Clark County District Court that awarded $60 million in punitive damages…

McDonald Carano Receives 17 Tier 1
Practice Group Awards
in “Best Law Firms” Report

McDonald Carano proudly announces that 17 Practice Groups in our Reno and Las Vegas offices have received the prestigious “Tier 1” ranking in the 2022 edition of the “Best Law…

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