Wicker Smith not only successfully defends our clients in trial, but we also preserve our victories and reverse adverse rulings through our equally aggressive and experienced appellate department.
Our appellate lawyers perform the traditional work of drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments to the Florida Supreme Court, Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In fact, Wicker Smith has appeared as appellate counsel in more than 1,500 reported decisions including several landmark opinions issued by the Florida Supreme Court. Our lawyers are also admitted to practice at the United States Supreme Court.
Our appellate lawyers also present interlocutory appeals to the District Courts in order to obtain immediate appellate review of decisions that address issues that fall within the scope of Rule 9.130, such as venue, personal jurisdiction, arbitration, various forms of immunity, and punitive damages.
We also provide assistance to our trial lawyers through the filing of original proceedings, filing petitions with the District Courts seeking the issuance of various writs, including certiorari, mandamus, and prohibition. The Appellate Department will also support our trial lawyers by drafting and arguing complex motions in the trial court, including motions for summary judgment, Daubert motions to exclude expert testimony, and motions seeking leave to amend the complaint to raise a claim for punitive damages. In addition, our appellate lawyers will attend trial in order to support the trial team, and to make sure that any potential issue on appeal has been properly preserved.