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Taking Your Appellate Advocacy in the PA Courts to the Next Level

Tips from the Judiciary and Experienced Appellate Lawyers

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Complex Commercial Cases Pose Unique Challenges When Presented on Appeal 

Join a panel of appellate judges and experienced appellate lawyers as they walk you through the process of appealing a case to a higher court. They’ll also identify potential minefields that you may encounter and provide guidance for side-stepping an explosion. 

The View from the Well of the Court — Experienced Litigators and Corporate Counsel Help You Get Started: 

  • Differing perspectives: trial lawyer vs. appellate lawyer 
  • Preservation of issues, early involvement of appellate viewpoint 
  • Preparing the record 
  • Briefing a commercial case on appeal 

Special Feature: Judges from Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts Share Their Preferences, Procedures, Pet Peeves 

Best practices tips for appealing to one of the higher courts: 

  • Commonwealth Court 
  • Superior Court 
  • Supreme Court 

The View from the Pa Appellate Courts 

  • Workload of the Court & how this impacts complex commercial cases 
  • The time between acceptance and final decision 
  • Commercial vs. criminal vs. personal injury vs. domestic vs. estates and other cases  
  • How to most effectively present a commercial appeal 
  • Specialization among jurists – criminal/ personal injury/domestic/ estates/ commercial 
  • Pennsylvania’s place in business law—the Bench’s versus practitioners’ perspectives 

The Agenda

Welcome & Introduction

Identifying and Preserving Issues, Pre-Trial, At Trial, Post-Trial

Motion Practice, Interlocutory Appeals, and Tips on Briefs

Judicial Discretion in Interlocutory Appeals; Certification from Federal to State Court; and Tips on the Record

Oral Argument – Post Argument/Post Decision Practice

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in June 2021.

Practice Areas


Justice P. Kevin Brobson Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Hon. Carolyn H. Nichols Superior Court of Pennsylvania
James C. Sargent Jr., Esq. Lamb McErlane PC (West Chester)
Kim M. Watterson Esq. Reed Smith LLP (Downtown Pitts)
Justice David N. Wecht Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Terry Wilson Esq.
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.
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