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Appellate Law

Graves Dougherty has been a leader in appellate law in Texas for over sixty years. We handle appeals in cases we try as well as cases tried by other lawyers.

Our Approach

We often submit amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs discussing the policy implications of cases pending in state and federal appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Drawing on both our trial and appellate experience, we also provide valuable assistance in the trial court on dispositive motions, jury instructions, and error preservation. Ten members of our appellate team have been recognized in Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White, Inc. in various areas of substantive legal expertise, including administrative law, commercial litigation and First Amendment law. Four members of the Appellate section, Bill Christian, Jim Hemphill, Mary Keeney and Pete Kennedy, are board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The depth of our experience and skill equips us to handle appellate matters in all areas of civil law. Browse our focus areas below.

AMICUS CURIAE BRIEFS

When the Texas Supreme Court considers issues that will have a substantial impact beyond the litigants in the case, companies and interest groups have hired Graves Dougherty to file friend-of-the-court briefs to provide guidance and advocacy on the broader implications of the Court’s decision.

CLASS ACTIONS

Graves Dougherty has represented defendants in high-stakes appeals of class actions:

EMPLOYMENT AND CORPORATE LAW

Graves Dougherty represents clients in appeals important to businesses and corporations in Texas:

INSURANCE LAW

Insurance companies have turned to Graves Dougherty for representation in appeals of statewide importance:

MEDIA AND FIRST AMENDMENT LAW

Representing media entities both large and small, Graves, Dougherty has helped shape the development of defamation law in Texas:

PRO BONO

Graves Dougherty has applied its appellate experience to the pro bono representation of clients in consequential cases:

PROPERTY AND OIL & GAS LAW

Graves Dougherty has achieved significant results in appeals involving the rights of landowners and royalty owners:

UTILITY LAW

For many years, Graves Dougherty has represented utility companies in appeals from contested cases before the Public Utility Commission involving complex regulatory issues:

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