Appellate Practice

Talk to Our Appellate Lawyers About Your Appeal

In some cases, the first court ruling does not resolve a conflict between the parties. Many cases are not finally resolved until the appeals court reevaluates the case and makes a final ruling. Mateer & Harbert’s appellate attorneys provide clients with creative and strategic representation and the experience needed to win in appeals proceedings. Our attorneys take the time to understand our clients’ unique needs and goals and we fashion our advocacy accordingly. We offer insightful counsel and effective legal services for Floridians who wish to appeal their case. Appellate lawyers play essential roles in the trial courts as well as practicing in the appellate courts. Appellate lawyers collaborate with trial counsel on strategic and tactical matters to raise all applicable arguments. Appellate attorneys make the appropriate trial record, identify, and preserve legal issues as they arise, and craft active motions on legal issues before, during, and after trial. Hiring an appellate lawyer for your case can provide a strong chance at trial.

Why Do You Need An Appellate Specialist?

Appellate advocacy is a specialty and requires advanced skills in writing effective briefs, analyzing, framing factual and legal issues, and presenting an oral argument. Appellate specialists handle a wide variety of civil appeals and writ proceedings in many areas of the law. Our appellate lawyers handle class action cases, mass tort, commercial litigation, construction, employment, healthcare, products liability, medical malpractice, intellectual property, and many others. When you retain an experienced appellate lawyer, we ensure that the facts and legal issues developed at trial are adapted and presented to the appellate panel for review.

Our experienced appellate attorneys know how to evaluate the record ( the briefing and evidence given in the lower court) and all aspects of the appellate process. Skilled appellate attorneys have masterful oral argument style, suited to the Courts of Appeal, and also know the appellate judges and their clerks. An experienced appellate attorney is generally more effective than an attorney who does not practice often in the Courts of Appeal. Retaining appellate counsel helps you get the best opportunity of success as your case moves through appellate courts. Our appellate attorneys have briefed and argued cases in all the Florida District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Appellate Attorneys at Mateer & Harbert:

Steven R. Bechtel: Admitted to the Florida Bar and District of Columbia Bar, U.S District Court, Middle District of Florida, District of Columbia, U.S Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.

Practice areas: Administrative & Governmental Law, Corporate & Business, Government Relations, Arbitration, Real Estate & Land Development, and State & Local Taxation.


David L. Evans: Admitted to Bar, 1978, Florida, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, Board Certified in Health Law.

Practice Areas: Corporate & Business, Health Care

BEST LAWYERS recognized Evans in 2020


James R. Lussier: U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, The Florida Bar.

Practice Areas: Appellate Practice, Condemnation, Construction Law, Corporate & Business, Intellectual Property (trademarks and copyrights), Media & Entertainment, Arbitrator, Real Estate & Land Development.


Michael A. Paasch: Was admitted to the bar in 1990, Florida, and U.S. District of Florida in 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals and, Eleventh Circuit.

Practice Areas: Appellate Practice, Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Debt Collections, and Probate & Guardianship.


At Mateer & Harbert, we are client-focused and results-driven. As AV PREEMINENT Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer ratings, Super Lawyers, our attorneys represent clients with skill and integrity. We have earnestly built long-standing relationships on the traditional values of diligence, dedication, loyalty, and hard work. Please contact our appellate lawyers to assist you with your case. Phone: (407) 425-9044