At Hegge & Confusione, our appellate attorneys are devoted to appellate practice and have represented clients in hundreds of criminal and civil appeals. We are able to offer a superior level of appellate advocacy through our extensive experience and client-centered counsel.
Above all, we will give it to you straight: we will give you a frank assessment of your case, your possible issues on appeal, and the pros and cons of appealing.
We remain personally involved in every case, from initial discussions about a matter through briefing, argument, and post-appeal decisions. We don't delegate these important responsibilities to an unfamiliar staff of junior lawyers or paralegals. Our attorneys remain personally available to you and never treat you like a number.
We encourage you to see what our clients say about working with us.
From general representation on appeal to assistance with a discrete issue, our clients determine how we can help. We start by evaluating the likely issues in a case before an appeal is even filed, helping clients decide whether appealing (or preventing an adversary from doing so) is worthwhile. All of this helps our clients understand and manage their expenses while meeting their litigation goals.
We understand that the appeal is only part of the client's overall dispute. This is reflected in our productive working relationships with co-counsel, when appropriate — often working with a client's trial counsel to ensure that success at trial isn't forfeited on appeal, or helping identify and present a crucial appellate issue to reverse a case thought lost.
We give clients and trial counsel the fresh perspective that's needed on appeal — clarifying the issues that matter to appellate courts. Because we were not involved at trial, we view the case in much the same way that the appellate judges are likely to view it. This allows us to provide confidential, objective advice that enables our clients to make informed decisions about their cases.
We also bring to bear our years of focus on appeals. We take pride in our written briefs. Our experience has taught us that appeals are usually won or lost on the brief, and that the best briefs raise only one or two issues that really impacted the case's outcome. We identify these issues and frame them in a way that encourages the appellate court to adopt our construction of the case that can lead to rulings in your favor. And while we value oral argument, we understand its role: to reinforce the arguments we've already advanced in our brief and to address questions the court may have in trying to decide the case.
Hegge & Confusione has had the privilege of appearing before the New Jersey Supreme Court numerous times, arguing clients' cases to victory at the state's highest appellate level and changing seemingly-established law.
We've litigated against the largest of companies. We represented plaintiffs in design-defect litigation against Ford Motor Company and persuaded a New Jersey appeals court to reverse a no cause of action verdict that Ford had obtained after a 14-day jury trial.
We’ve litigated against state and federal governments, obtaining appellate victories for our clients in both civil and criminal appeals.
We invite you to read about just a few of our case results.
We work efficiently and on-time. Our fee arrangements are flexible, accommodating clients' sometimes changing needs. We provide estimates for services on request.
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