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Areas of Practice

Appellate Law


The lawyers of Starnes Davis Florie are skilled at handling all facets of the appellate process, with experience as varied as the firm's broad litigation practice. This includes hundreds of appeals in a variety of state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. The firm's lawyers have handled numerous landmark appeals and presented oral arguments before the Alabama Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Starnes Davis Florie has cases currently pending in a number of states. The firm has also been retained post-verdict to assume responsibility for preserving a favorable verdict obtained at the trial court level, or seeking reversal of an adverse verdict.

While the firm has had an active appellate practice since its inception, in 2006 it established a separate Appellate Practice Group focused strictly on such advocacy. The lawyers in the Appellate Practice Group are skilled in assisting clients who require appellate counsel during trial, as well as involvement in appellate issues and written advocacy during the pretrial and post-verdict periods. The firm's appellate lawyers also have experience in preparing amicus curiae briefs and intervening in a pending appeal on behalf of particular industry or professional groups.

The Supreme Court of Alabama appointed appellate attorney, Sybil Newton  to serve a third term as a member of the Standing Committee on Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure until October 2018. The Standing Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure propose amendments to the Supreme Court of Alabama for adoption of new rules and advises the Court on changes to the existing Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Starnes Davis Florie's appellate division was listed in the top band as one of Alabama's Highly Recommended firms for the Eleventh Circuit Litigation in Benchmark: Appellate.  The head of that division, Sybil Newton was also recognized in the publication as a Leading Appellate Practitioner in the Eleventh Circuit.