Other attorneys call Reynolds Blankenship of RHB Law Firm to help them with or simply handle an appeal of a case that they have handled up through trial. Many other attorneys simply do not like handling appeals. Others do not feel comfortable with the appellate rules and procedures, which are different from the rules of procedure in trial courts that they deal with on a daily basis. Still others just want a fresh set of eyes and Mr. Blankenship’s opinion as an appellate attorney in South Carolina.
Mr. Blankenship’s experience as a law clerk to (now Chief) Justice Costa M. Pleicones of the South Carolina Supreme Court gave him great insight into the appellate process in South Carolina. He learned that there is much more to an effective appeal than simply being right and telling the court why. You have to know your audience, which is often a handful of appellate judges who may not have practiced law at ground level in many years. Those judges are likely thinking about the implications of their decisions far beyond the impact on your client, so what seems like an obviously right result to you in your client’s case may set a dangerous precedent in the judges’ eyes. Their ideologies, experiences, and tendencies should always be considered when drafting a brief or crafting an oral argument.
RHB Law Firm’s appellate practice includes the types of cases that we handle in our trial practice (as described on other pages of this website), but also extends to appeals of criminal cases and post-conviction relief (PCR) matters. Please do keep in mind, however, that RHB Law Firm is very selective of cases in our appellate practice. We do not file appeals before knowing if the case has any merit. We therefore encourage clients and lawyers to call or email us as soon as you think there may be an appellate issue, even if it arises before your trial is complete. There will not be much time to act, usually only thirty days, after the trial and post-trial motions are finished.
Whether you are involved in litigation as a party or lawyer and are facing an appeal, call or email RHB Law Firm, LLC as soon as possible. The South Carolina Appellate Court Rules contain strict deadlines, so there is no time to wait. We can work with you or your attorney, or you can transition the case to us for primary handling. Both ways are effective.