The lawyers of Starnes Davis Florie are well-versed in all facets of the post-trial and appellate process, with experience as varied as the firm’s broad litigation practice. The firm has handled hundreds of appeals, including a number of landmark cases, in a variety of state and federal appellate courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. The firm’s lawyers have had regular opportunities to present oral arguments before the Alabama Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The firm’s appellate practice includes handling appeals in cases litigated by the firm as well as involvement in cases in which the firm is retained post-verdict to assume responsibility for preserving a favorable verdict or seeking reversal of an adverse verdict. The firm’s Appellate Practice Group is focused strictly on such advocacy, assisting clients who require appellate counsel during trial, preparing amicus curiae briefs and intervening in appeal on behalf of particular industry or professional groups, as well as involvement in appellate issues and written advocacy during the pretrial and post-verdict periods.
The Supreme Court of Alabama appointed Sybil Newton, who heads the firm’s appellate practice, to serve as a member of the Standing Committee on Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure. This Committee works with the Supreme Court of Alabama on proposals for revising or adopting new rules of appellate procedure. Sybil has served continuously on that Committee for a decade, having recently been appointed for a new term until October 2018.
Starnes Davis Florie’s appellate division was listed in the top band as one of Alabama’s Highly Recommended firms for the Eleventh Circuit Litigation in Benchmark: Appellate. Sybil Newton has also been recognized in the publication as a Leading Appellate Practitioner in the Eleventh Circuit.