In an appeal, a higher court—an appellate or supreme court—reviews the decision of a lower court, generally a trial court or an administrative agency. An appeal of a final judgment is typically brought before the Oregon Court of Appeals and, if necessary, to the Oregon Supreme Court.
On appeal, there is a distinct shift in focus from developing and proving facts at the trial court level to the scope of review that the higher court will undertake. Peterkin Burgess appellate attorneys specialize in defending our trial court wins if they are appealed by the opposing party, and, when necessary, identifying trial court errors and framing them for the reviewing court. Our attorneys combine appellate briefing and oral argument skills with significant trial experience to ensure issues are preserved for appellate review and to craft strategic briefs and persuasive oral argument.
We regularly appear and have several reported cases in the Oregon Court of Appeals as well as in other state and federal courts. Attorney Michael W. Peterkin appears in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court.