Appellate Attorney Gray R. Proctor
From Small Claims Court to the Supreme Court

Why hire me?

Your case deserves a work of art.

The average brief is bad. Many are worse.

Working for judges on the United States Court of Appeals, I learned a sad truth early in my career: attorneys write as though they either had a captive audience or got paid by the word. The briefs they submit are useless. Actually, they are even worse because they annoy the Court by misrepresenting the record and the law, and by resorting to name-calling.

You don’t want to be buried in a dull landslide of mediocrity. Stand out!

I take every case personally. “Good” is never good enough. You can rest assured that I will spend as much time as it takes to research the law and facts of your case, and bring them to life. I haven’t done my job until anyone — anyone — who reads the brief understands both your situation and the reason you should win.

Most legal writing is bad writing, so to encounter a superbly written brief makes the judge nearly overflow with gratitude.
[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
The appellate practitioner requires the imagination and intuition of the artist, the discipline and logic of the scientist, the design sense of the architect, and the expertise in human perception of the psychologist. But most importantly he must be able to view the overall problem through the eyes of appellate judges and manifest qualities of overview, objectivity, and fairness.
— Hon. Sarah B. Duncan, Justice, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals