The Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Are Experienced Appellate Advocates

If you are unsatisfied with the decision of a civil or criminal trial court, you have the right to appeal your case to a higher court, known as an appellate court.  Appellate courts review decisions made by lower courts to determine whether the trial court committed a reversible error.  Common errors committed by trial courts include the incorrect application of controlling case law, erroneous admission or exclusion of evidence, and flawed jury instructions.  Thus, an appellate court can reverse the decision of a trial court if it determines that the trial court erred.  If the trial court made an evidentiary mistake, the appellate court will remand (send the case back to the trial court) for a proper development of the factual record.

Excellence in Appellate Advocacy

A good appellate lawyer knows that timing is critical in preserving their client’s rights.  If a litigant fails to file timely notice of appeal, the court might bar their right to appeal.  Also, an experienced appellate law firm will understand the distinction between orders that are appealable as a matter of right (final judgments) and orders appealable only by discretion of the court (interlocutory orders).  Appellate advocates also must be well versed in appellate court procedures and rules, including the standard of appellate review.

The key feature of an outstanding appellate lawyer is persuasive brief writing.  To succeed on an appeal, a brief must clearly explain to the appellate panel how trial errors undermined the judicial process and resulted in an incorrect ruling.  An appellate brief must simultaneously capture the panel’s attention, accurately interpret and communicate the law, and persuade the judges.  The lawyers at Shebell & Shebell are respected appellate advocates with decades of experience in writing persuasive briefs.

At Shebell & Shebell, we also provide litigation support to trial counsel to ensure that issues and objections are properly preserved for appeal.  We excel not only at appealing adverse trial court decisions, but also at successfully defending trial court victories on appeal.

The Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Handle Civil, Criminal and Administrative Appeals

We are prepared to represent clients before state and federal appellate courts, including appeals of:

  • Municipal court decisions
  • Decisions of the Criminal Division of the Superior Court
  • Interlocutory orders and final judgments issued by the Law Division and Chancery Division of the Superior Court
  • Final judgments issued by various New Jersey administrative agencies
  • Summary judgment rulings of the Superior Court
  • Final judgments issued by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Final judgments issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

If you are unsatisfied with trial court’s decision in your civil or criminal case, a skilled appellate practice lawyer at Shebell & Shebell is ready to take your case.  Call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today.

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Thomas Shebell was an A M A Z I N G attorney for our personal injury case. He made himself available to all our questions and concerns during the whole process. We were very nervous about it all and he set our fears to rest. You instantly believe in him after your first meeting. He was serious yet empathetic, had superb legal knowledge, and great judgement. His staff is also top notch. Words cannot describe how wonderful a lawyer we believe Thomas Shebell to be and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Michele on December 8

My hero, my attorney who is always there for me!

Tom Shebell has represented me and my family members in several cases. Tom is the most prepared lawyer I have ever seen, and demands respect in and outside of the court room. His staff is amazing and never makes you feel as if you are bothering them. I always feel that I am his most important client, and he always takes my call. If he is busy, I am reassured that he will get right back to me and he does. His knowledge of the law and research on your case is impecable, and will never give up until he gets the results that he feels are the best for you. Although he is the most professional attorney I have ever worked with, he refers you call him Tom (not Mr. Shebell), and I am most comfortable calling him Tommy. His cell phone is on his answering service, to comfort you and assuring you that you can reach him if necessary, no matter what. I will never retain another lawyer, unless it is a case that he cannot handle. That has never happened to me. Unfortunately, Tommy is handling a very emotional case for my family, and whenever we discuss it our meet together he is very comforting to us. For a family man, and extremely busy attorney to handle matters like this, it truly takes a special type of person, and extraordiinary human being. If anyone take my advise, Tom Shebell, III is the only attorney that should be called first, and believe me you will not make another call. As I said in my title, he is my true "hero"!
Posted by Sandi on September 17

I am Grateful I was able to have Thomas Shebell for my Lawyer

Thomas Shebell and his staff were very good to work with. They were always professional, but also very down to earth and real. I always felt that my best interest was their main concern. I was always able to call with questions and concerns and was never made to wait or to feel like I was inconveniencing anyone. I always felt that they knew instantly who I was and what was going on with my case. In the end, Thomas was able to get the best possible settlement for me. I am very grateful to have been treated like my case truly mattered to them.
Posted by Toni on March 28

Ferocious Fighter

Tom Shebell and his firm came highly recommended by several reputable people in the community. I come from a family deeply rooted in law enforcement, so I greatly appreciate that Tom grew up with the law as well, hailing from a family of highly respected attorneys. He easily grasped the complexity of my case and eased my concerns, while ferociously fighting for me. One of the moments that stands out to me the most was when I voiced a concern over possible retaliation and he said, "they're going to have come through me first." I wholeheartedly believed him then and now. There is no one else I'd want in my corner than Tom Shebell.
Posted by on February 23

A League Of His Own

Mere words cannot express my gratitude to Thomas F Shebell III. He took on a case, that other attorneys would shy away from and fought vehemently for my husband, myself and our daughter. His tenacity is only surpassed by his kindness and compassion for his clients well-being. I would recommend Mr. Shebell III to anyone who may need an attorney to guide them through a difficult time and see them through to a successful end. Many thanks again to him and his staff!!