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Our full service appellate practice has achieved important results for clients while shaping the law of Arizona.

Whether protecting a verdict or working to secure a reversal, the appellate lawyers at The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A., have the experience and skills to succeed in the appellate courts. Our lawyers provide full service appellate representation, including a thorough review of the record, in-depth legal research, well-developed briefing, and persuasive oral advocacy.

We have been involved in a number of cases that have shaped the law in Arizona and are well equipped to handle the issues of policy and precedence that are of particular concern to appellate judges. But we also know that many of the cases we handle on appeal will turn on more prosaic issues. Questions of post-trial and appellate procedure, issue preservation, and the appropriate standard of review are our stock in trade.

Trial lawyers both inside and outside the firm regularly rely on our appellate lawyers to appropriately frame the issues on appeal and help their clients succeed in the higher courts. The Firm’s long history, reputation, extensive knowledge of Arizona courts, and wealth of trial experience provide resources to enhance the appellate services we offer to clients.

Our appellate practice includes:

  • Post-trial motions
  • Direct appeals
  • Statutory appeals
  • Special actions
  • Extraordinary writs
  • Interlocutory appeals
  • Motion practice before the appellate courts
  • Amicus briefing
  • Petitions for review
  • Petitions for certiorari
  • Oral arguments

Representative Matters

  • Representation of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a coalition of a dozen Arizona industry associations to challenge the constitutionality of legislation imposing new penalties on businesses operating in Arizona.
  • Obtained reversal from the Arizona Supreme Court to vacate a punitive result imposed by lower courts on a national company by successfully navigating a conflict of laws issue to obtain enforcement of a foreign choice of law provision that lower courts had held to be unconscionable.
  • Successfully upheld on appeal the exclusion of the vast majority of damages claimed due to a failure to mitigate damages.