Greg May’s Practice

Don’t trust your appeal to just any lawyer. Appeals are very different from trials. Choose a lawyer immersed in the nuance of appellate practice.

Greg May certified as a specialist in Appellate Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

My practice focuses on civil appeals, writs and post-trial motions. I can accept cases in California courts throughout the state, and federal cases from throughout the states and other jurisdictions comprising the Ninth Circuit (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands).

I opened my appellate practice in the summer of 2005 with more than a decade of experience litigating high-stakes business cases involving matters such as contracts, fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and other business torts. The shift to appellate practice was natural for me.  I have always enjoyed and been good at the skills I believe are essential to appellate practice: analysis, research, writing and oral advocacy.

As my certification in Appellate Law by the The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization suggests, an appeal is a “different animal” than a trial. The skills an appellate lawyer brings to bear in a case can be applied to any substantive area, even ones the appellate lawyer has never worked in before. Thus, I tend to agree with Texas appellate attorney and blogger D. Todd Smith, who once wrote that appellate attorneys are, in this age of increasing specialization, “perhaps the last of the generalists.” Thus, my practice is not oriented toward any particular area of the law, but in the skills required to prevail on appeal – incisive analysis, strategic planning, persuasive legal writing and articulate oral advocacy, all backed up by meticulous research – applied to the substantive area of law presented in each case, whether family law, criminal law, employment, personal injury, estates, business litigation, or other areas.

For more information on the differences between trials and appeals, see Why hire an appellate lawyer?

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