Specializing in civil and criminal appeals from jury verdicts

and decisions of trial courts and administrative agencies


(303) 893-8000

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An appeal is very different from a trial. Courts that decide appeals do not hear new evidence. They decide cases based on the record of events from the trial court. Also, appeal courts apply certain standards of review to trial court rulings.

Appellate Lawyers

The skills of an appeals lawyer are different from those of a trial lawyer. An appellate lawyer does not examine witnesses. An appellate lawyer reviews the record of events from the trial court and writes a legal brief based on that record. The brief tells the story of the case to the appellate court. The brief also contains legal arguments to try to preserve or reverse the outcome in the trial court, depending on which side is being represented.

Dean Neuwirth has handled appeals in a wide variety of matters including the ones listed below:

Civil (non-criminal) appeals

  • Aviation
  • Business and corporate or partnership disputes
  • Civil rights
  • Class actions
  • Congressional redistricting
  • Construction defects
  • Contracts
  • Family law (domestic relations)
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Lawyer discipline
  • Mining interests
  • Oil and gas
  • Personal injury accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability (medical, legal, accounting)
  • Real property matters
  • “Rule 106” administrative appeals
  • Taxation (income tax and property tax)
  • Workers’ compensation

Colorado state misdemeanor appeals

  • Driving offenses
  • Alcohol-related offenses
  • Misdemeanor sex offenses

“White collar” federal felony appeals

  • Clean Air Act (factory emissions)
  • Conspiracies
  • Hazardous waste (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)
  • Wire fraud and mail fraud, in various settings
  • Sentencing issues accompanying such convictions.

Other federal and Colorado state felony appeals

  • Computer crime
  • Controlled substances (narcotics)
  • Forgery
  • Homicide and assaults
  • Public official misconduct
  • Robbery and theft
  • Sexual assaults
  • Stalking
  • Sentencing issues accompanying such convictions