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 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.

A good actor makes a good trial attorney.

A trial is part movie, part sermon, and part sales call.  A good trial lawyer is part actor, part preacher, and part salesman.   If the jury likes him and trusts him, he can close the deal.  

But a different kind of fight... 

An appeal is part research project, part novel, and part PhD dissertation.  A good appellate attorney is an intellectual, a scribe, and a scholar.  If his arguments are honest, precise, and professional, your case can become precedent for future judges to follow.

...takes a different kind of fighter.

On appeal, being a good trial lawyer only gets you one thing:  laughed out of court.  The 50-page appellate briefs will make or break your case. If the judges want to see you, they will give you around half an hour of their time in person at oral argument.  Don't plan on making a speech.  They'll have plenty of questions for you.  Those questions won't just be about your case; the judges will want to know how a decision could affect the thousands of cases that will come after yours.   

Don't give your appeal to an amateur.  Get an army of one.

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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[T]he skills needed for effective appellate advocacy are not always found—indeed, perhaps, are rarely found—in good trial lawyers. . . . [I]t is astonishing how many cases are presented by lawyers who are simply not up to the task.
— Hon. Laurence H. Silberman, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
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

Areas of Practice


SUPREME COURT 

The "all the way" in our slogan.  Our favorite place to be.  


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.