In every complex litigation—whether criminal or civil—there are make or break moments involving the written word: the must-win suppression motion, the motion to exclude a devastating expert witness, the motion to dismiss based on a novel legal theory, the motion for summary judgment that could head off an expensive weeks-long trial, the need for a novel or rarely used writ, and more. And if a case is lost after a key motion is denied, overturning the ruling on appeal becomes the priority.
At Flannery | Georgalis, our attorneys have briefed and argued complex legal issues in appellate courts and trial courts around the country. Many of our clients have turned to us when a complex legal matter has gone off the rails, relying on our attorneys to right the ship where possible on appeal (or through post-trial motions). And even more have relied on our skills at the trial-court level, where we have obtained favorable rulings before an appeal has become necessary.
We have also worked as behind-the-scenes advisors to lead trial counsel to craft legal arguments, develop trial strategy, and ensure their clients are well-positioned if an appeal becomes necessary. Our critical motions and appeals attorneys can help your trial team keep their focus where it needs to be—on deposing witnesses and preparing for trial—by responding to opposing counsel’s motions and keeping an eye out for potential appellate issues.
The firm’s strength in this area also dovetails with our extensive trial experience, allowing us to serve our clients’ needs from pre-lawsuit investigation through appeal. Indeed, we have years of federal and state jury-trial experience in high-profile, high-stakes matters. And our lean business model often gives us the flexibility to do so in an effective and client-centered manner.
Overturned several convictions and defeated multiple government sentencing theories in defending a doctor who faced more than a decade in prison, resulting in a probationary sentence.
Advised lead counsel in framing a complaint and responding to multiple dispositive defense motions in a multi-million dollar RICO case.
Overturned a six-year prison sentence for a first-time offender found guilty of theft.
Obtained dismissals of two indictments after two years of pre-trial motion practice, resulting in the client receiving a non-custodial sentence by pleading to a significantly reduced charge.
Obtained suppression of all physical evidence from a probation officer’s unconstitutional search of a person on post-release supervision, leading to outright dismissal of the indictment.
Obtained the dismissal of a complaint seeking thousands of dollars in damages against an out-of-state dentist for lack of personal jurisdiction.
Obtained dismissal of fourteen federal smuggling charges after significant briefing based on the statute of limitations. Client ultimately pleaded to one count and received a non-incarceration sentence.
Successfully defended against a complex, high-stakes motion to disqualify counsel based on an alleged conflict of interest.
Obtained dismissal of a derivative complaint through an investigation and motion of a special litigation committee.
Overturned rape conviction, eighteen-month sentence, and dishonorable discharge of an Army soldier due to disqualification of the military judge. Following reversal, the government then declined to re-prosecute the soldier and he was returned into military service.