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I know of no other field of human endeavor where a limited number of pages of written and structured argument can be so decisive as appellate decision-making. The heavy artillery of appellate practice is the brief.

—Judge Frank M. Coffin

Briefs

A brief: a written submission to the court.

Most appeals are won or lost on the briefs. Indeed, many courts now decide cases based on briefs alone, without oral argument. 

Before retaining an appellate lawyer, we suggest that you review a sample brief. Here are some briefs by Robert Glazier (pdf files). 

Krupski v. Costa Crociere: Merits brief in the United States Supreme Court on when the untimely filing of a lawsuit will be excused.

Sherman v. R.J. Reynolds: Liability of a tobacco company for conspiracy to fraudulently conceal information about cigarettes.

Minagorri v. Archdiocese of Miami: Religious freedom rights of churches as employers.

Dieperink v. Alamo: Car rental company’s liability for failure to warn renters of criminals attacking its customers. 

Vega v. Cruise Ships: Whether foreign crew member can sue in Florida based on a foreign accident. 

Kuvin v. Coral Gables: Constitutionality of ordinance restricting parking of pick-up trucks in residential neighborhoods.