San Diego-based appellate attorney Ben Siminou offers the following services throughout California:
As a former trial lawyer, Ben knows what a successful trial practice entails. He also knows that the characteristics of a successful trial practice — a large caseload, frequent travel, and a calendar crowded with countless deadlines — are often antagonistic to successful appellate work.
Exceptional appellate work takes more than familiarity with the unique procedural rules in appellate courts. It takes dedicated focus by a skillful writer who not only has the time for in-depth legal research, writing, and analysis, but who also has a true passion for writing winning appellate briefs.
Ben enjoys translating complex legal issues into clear, easy-to-read briefs that, above all, tell a compelling story. To that end, Ben's practice is structured so he can give his full attention to every appellate case he accepts. As a result, Ben personally handles everything — from the notice of appeal to oral argument and everything in between — and thus offers his clients a true turn-key solution to their appeals. By letting Ben do what he does best, the trial lawyers who hire him can get back to doing what they do best.
The same characteristics of a busy trial practice that make it difficult for trial lawyers to write winning appellate briefs can also prevent them from producing effective trial-court briefs.
Ben has extensive experience handling motions in both state and federal courts with an exceptionally high win-rate against the biggest corporations and best defense lawyers in the country. In his nine years of trial practice, Ben was repeatedly recognized by colleagues — and adversaries — for his law-and-motion work.
Ben serves trial lawyers looking to outsource motion work in a variety of ways, whether by briefing and arguing isolated, complex motions, or by serving as designated law-and-motion counsel in cases that entail significant law-and-motion work.
The best appellate attorneys know that the key to a winning brief is to tell a good story. It is thus perhaps no surprise that Ben developed a reputation for writing compelling mediation briefs during his time as a trial lawyer.
Many trial lawyers regard mediation briefs largely as an afterthought and often put little effort into them. But first impressions matter and a mediation brief often gives the mediator his or her first impression of a case.
Trial lawyers with high-stakes cases proceeding to mediation would be wise to consider outsourcing their mediation briefs: Apart from Ben's ability to write compelling briefs, his outsider perspective often gives him better perspective into what a mediator might perceives as the strengths and weaknesses of a particular case than the trial lawyers themselves. In many cases, the combination will result in a more effective mediation brief — and, thus, a more successful mediation — than a brief written by trial counsel.
Based in San Diego, Siminou Appeals, Inc., provides appellate representation in state and federal courts. For more information, contact Ben.