Appellate Attorney Gray R. Proctor
From Small Claims Court to the Supreme Court
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professional advocacy and advice.

All appeals.

All the way.

All day, every day.

You’ve been to trial.

If you’re here, you’ve already had some kind of contact with the legal system. You lost.  Or, you won, but the other side isn't ready to admit it.  Regardless of how good your trial attorney was, it's time to consult a professional appeals attorney.

Appeals are different.

You won’t find appellate attorneys crowding around the county courthouse waiting to get in front of a jury. An appeal is won or lost on the strength of the brief, an up-to-fifty page document that explains your case and argues that the trial judge has made a mistake. A panel of appellate judges will read the brief and review the record, which includes everything the attorneys filed and transcripts of every court appearance. They might give you fifteen or twenty minutes to make your case to them in person — but they usually won’t.

Get a pro.

Talent and experience.  Top law school.  Prestigious clerkships for federal judges.  Everything you expect from a lawyer at the biggest wall street firms or the Department of Justice.

We may not have met, but I've been fighting for you for a long time.  At the Law Office of Gray R. Proctor, the motto is: People over profit; Causes over corporations; and, Quality over quantity.  The big guys can't stack the deck against you with me on your side.

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My own experience in both roles suggests that most of the time the trial lawyer is well-advised to bring in another lawyer to handle the appeal. This is not because appellate law is so arcane that only the cognoscenti can handle it. It is really because the lawyer who handled the trial is often unable to discern the appellate forest from the trial trees. Issues that consumed the trial lawyer are often of marginal significance at best on appeal; issues that seemed trivial during trial may become critical on review.
— Hon. Gary Farmer, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
Guests on the Jerry Springer show argue. Lawyers persuade.
— Hon. Terrence L. Michael, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, United State District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
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Areas of Practice


SUPREME COURT 

The "all the way" in our slogan.  My favorite place to be. I’ll pull out all the stops to get you there.


Habeas corpus

Your last chance to appeal a state conviction.  Incredibly complex procedural rules.  Too important to leave to an amateur.


Federal courts of appeals

High standards and big issues.   Criminal and civil cases.    


TRIAL SUPPORT

Making sure your issue is preserved on appeal.  Drafting and responding to dispositive motions.


state courts of appeals

Your family, your business, your civil rights.  Defend your win or attack theirs.


Self-Help and consulting

Research, ghost-writing, and other services for the do-it-yourselfer who wants a professional opinion.