JIM P. MAHACEK, Certified Appellate Specialist

About the Attorney
Attorney's Appellate Credentials
Contact Information
What is a Certified Specialist?
Why shouldn't I use my trial attorney?
Trial Court vs. Appellate Court; the Difference
How does the appellate process work?
How long does an appeal take?
What does an Appeal Cost?
What the Certified Specialist can do for you
Appellate Terminology

What can I do for you? What do I not do?

Let's just start with the negative side. This attorney does not represent clients in:

  • Criminal proceedings  
  • Bankruptcy
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Juvenile proceedings

What this attorney does includes the following:

  • Represents clients in all phases of civil appeals in both the California Courts of Appeal and in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • Represents clients before both the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Prosecutes and defends Petitions for Extraordinary Relief (Mandate, Prohibition, Certiorari) in both California and Federal courts.
  • Represents clients in prosecuting and opposing Motions for Summary Judgment in both the California and Federal courts.
  • Represents clients in prosecuting and opposing post judgment motions (Motions for new trial, Motions for judgment N.O.V. and fee motions) in both the California and Federal courts.
  • Provides "second opinions" as to the advisability of filing an appeal or Petition for Extraordinary Relief.

As you have read this website, you have noticed that appellate law is a specialty....that requires unique training and experience that most trial attorneys do not have. You have also noted that this attorney actually does have significant training both as a trial attorney and as a Certified Appellate Specialist. This attorney's unique background does let him bring to the table on behalf of his clients the best of both worlds: the smell of the trial courtroom and the grasp needed of the deliberation process critical to a successful appellate practice.




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