In most civil cases, winning or losing in trial court is only half the battle. Whether a trial court grants summary judgment or a jury renders a verdict, there’s a good chance that one of the parties will seek review from an appellate court.

Appellate litigation calls for a unique set of skills:

  • A successful appeal requires an understanding not just of current law but of broader trends and underlying policies, too.
  • A winning appellate brief makes the evidentiary record clear and readable. It addresses even the most complicated legal issues in engaging prose that stands out from the crowd.
  • An effective oral advocate must do more than tell the court why one party should win. He or she must anticipate every potential argument that an opposing party or a skeptical judge might raise—and be ready to counter them.

These are the principles that guide the appellate department at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.

Collins Einhorn has built a team of attorneys who focus a significant portion of their work on appeals, both in federal and state courts. Attorneys in this group represent clients both from outside referrals and from other practice groups at the firm. And in doing so, they have developed a reputation for thoughtful advocacy, engaging writing, and scholarly research.

Our clients have engaged us to:

  • Represent them in appeals and post-trial matters
  • Prepare applications for leave to appeal, including emergency applications
  • Analyze the likelihood of success on appeal to assist with mediation and settlement discussions
  • Advise trial counsel about issue preservation during trial
  • Support trial counsel with first-class briefing

Attorneys in Collins Einhorn’s Appellate practice group have argued appeals at the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Attorney Discipline Board. Their appellate work has involved a wide range of subjects, including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, insurance coverage, disciplinary matters, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, product liability, and general litigation.

Members of Collins Einhorn’s Appellate practice group are involved in bar activities such as:

  • The State Bar of Michigan’s Appellate Practice Section (two members are past chairs)
  • The Michigan Appellate Bench-Bar Conference
  • The Appellate Practice Committee of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan (one member serves as a co-chair)
  • The Michigan Defense Trial Association (one member is the editor of the Michigan Defense Quarterly and another co-authors the Quarterly’s appellate-practice column)

If you have any questions about any of our practice areas, we invite you to call us at (248) 355-4141.

Group Attorneys

Deborah A. Hebert
Trent B. Collier
Michael J. Cook
Jonathan B. Koch
Peter J. Tomasek

Lindsey A. Peck
Awards and Honors

Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Appellate Practice – National Tier 3 (2017-2018)
Best Lawyers “Top Listed” Law Firm, Appellate Practice – Metro, Southfield (2014-2018)
Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Appellate Practice – Metropolitan Tier 1, Detroit (2011-2012, 2014-2018)
Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Appellate Practice – Metropolitan Tier 2, Detroit (2013)
Other Practice Areas

Asbestos/Toxic Tort
Employment Practices Liability
Fire and Explosion Litigation
General and Automotive Liability
Grievance Defense
Insurance Coverage
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation