A LAWYER FOCUSED EXCLUSIVELY ON MASSACHUSETTS APPEALS
Appeals Attorney William M Driscoll has only one focus--your appeal from the trial court to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). He offers services for parties/litigants and services for lawyers. His statewide law practice is focused exclusively on appellate litigation, including:
APPELLATE FOCUS IS AN ASSET--THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
On appeal, the type of legal dispute is less important than appellate experience. You need a different type of lawyer for a different type of litigation--appellate litigation. An appeal is a review to see whether the law and procedures were applied properly and whether the evidence supports the outcome. It is not a new trial.
Your appeals lawyer must be skilled in effective legal research, legal writing, and appellate oral argument at the appellate level. An appeals lawyer must have a firm grasp of the precise rules and procedures of the appellate court and follow them meticulously. These attributes distinguish the appellate attorney from the trial lawyer.
ATTORNEY DRISCOLL INITIATES AND DEFENDS CIVIL AND CRIMINAL APPEALS
Attorney Driscoll represents clients in criminal and non-criminal (i.e., civil) cases on appeal. Appeals may include procedural issues or issues of substantive law. Examples of procedural issues include: jurisdiction, attorney's fees, conflicts of interest, privileges, evidentiary issues, interpretation of rules, scope of orders and deadlines. Examples of substantive areas of the law include:
- • Fundamental Rights: individual and civil rights protected by the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights and the Federal Constitutional, including First Amendment (religion, speech, press, peaceable assembly, petitioning government for redress of grievances) and Second Amendment issues.
- • Business and Employment: consumer protection, unfair and deceptive trade practices (93A), licensing, contract disputes, covenants not to compete, partnership disputes, discrimination and harassment claims.
- • Criminal Defense: all crimes, jury instructions, search and seizure, sufficiency of evidence, ineffective assistance of counsel, and constitutional issues.
- • Family Law: divorce, child welfare, child custody, change of domicile, grandparent visitation, adoption, paternity, property division, premarital agreements, postmarital agreements, child support, alimony, termination of parental rights, restraining orders and harassment prevention orders.
- • Negligence: privacy rights, personal injury, negligence, products liability, premises liability, wrongful death, defamation, professional malpractice, governmental immunity.
- • Probate: Will contests, estates and trusts, intestate distribution, undue influence, trustee powers, guardianship and conservatorship issues.
- • Real Property: boundary disputes, partition, eminent domain, zoning, riparian rights, easements, real estate, land use and zoning.
UNLIKE WINE, YOUR APPELLATE RIGHTS WORSEN WITH AGE
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