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Why You Need An Appellate Lawyer? An appellate attorney has the keen ability to persuade an entire panel of judges and rely mostly on written briefs that emphasize detailed analysis of the applicable law and the trial testimony.

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Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC
New York Appeals Lawyer

The law firm of Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC is a sophisticated boutique law firm that focuses and specializes in assisting trial counsel and individuals in preparing substantive summary judgment motions, post-trial motions and appeals. Our firm is well qualified to offer experienced analysis of the merits of a potential substantive motion or appeal. Parties and trial attorneys alike are encouraged to contact Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC, to schedule a consultation.

With over 18 years of experience, Michael Zhu has litigated cases involving personal injury litigation [medical malpractice, labor law/construction accidents, products liability, premises liability, municipal liability, and nursing home liability]; primary and excess insurance coverage and subrogation; professional malpractice [legal, architectural, engineering, and broker malfeasance]; commercial litigation [breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty] and other forms of complex litigation, from their inception through the appellate process, including briefing and/or arguing over 300+ appeals.

At Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC, clients can expect personal attention and prompt, direct contact at any time with the lawyer who is responsible for their case and familiar with its facts. We are readily accessible and responsive to client needs, and manage cases and offer services in an assertive and cost-effective manner.

So whether you are defending a final judgment or appealing a court's decision, contact Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC for professional assistance and guidance in preparing your next summary judgment or post-trial motion or appeal.


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Why You Need An Appellate Lawyer

As an experienced appellate attorney who works with many individual clients, I am often asked at first —why do I need to hire you as an appellate attorney, when I have a perfectly good attorney already who handles my case? The reason is simple—you would not go to see a cardiologist for your back pain, would you? In the legal profession, as in the medical profession, there are attorneys who focus on certain areas of practice and have honed their skills through years of experience.

An appellate attorney has the keen ability to persuade an entire panel of judges and rely mostly on written briefs that emphasize detailed analysis of the applicable law and the trial testimony. Appellate briefs are well-established as the most important aspect of a party's presentation on appeal. Most attorney dread the idea of having to read through a record on appeal and write a lengthy and complex appellate brief, and many lawyers, truth be told, are simply not very good writers. Hiring appellate counsel brings the right skills to the case, along with the fresh perspective of a lawyer who is not emotionally tied to the case.

Trials and appeals require lawyers with different skills. Litigants should not presume that their original trial counsel knows the case best and is competent to handle an appeal. After a trial or a motion that dismisses an action, the losing party often has too much at stake, emotionally or financially, to let the verdict or result stand unchallenged. The litigant often charges ahead with an appeal from the order or judgment. However, many litigants do not fully understand how different an appeal is from a trial. They may also underestimate the differences between trial lawyers and appellate lawyers. These differences may be overlooked when inexperienced litigants launch an appeal.

In our jurisprudence, it is generally recognized that an appellate lawyer must possess the ability to think about legal issues from the perspective of judges who serve on appellate courts. Appellate courts do not just decide the issues in the case before them, but will often tailor their decisions on a forward-thinking basis and create precedents that will govern cases in the future. Therefore, an appellate attorney’s most important job is to recognize not only of how existing precedent will affect an appellate court's view of a newly filed appeal, but also about how the precedent created in the course of deciding the new case will affect the future direction of the law.

Another benefit from getting a fresh set of eyes involved at the appellate stage is that sometimes the trial attorney, after a hard-fought trial, has a hard time seeing the forest for the trees and may be clouded by emotions to view the issues, and their strengths and weaknesses, with the necessary detachment and objectivity. An appellate attorney may be especially well-suited to explain the facts and legal issues involved in an appeal to appellate judges who, similarly, lack any extensive pre-existing knowledge about that given case.

Lastly, most litigants – indeed, most trial lawyers – have little experience in the appellate courts. Thus, a litigant would be well advised to consult with an appellate attorney when they are thrown into an appeal, or defending against an appeal.

Individuals and attorneys alike are encouraged to contact Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC to discuss how you can avoid the common mistakes that can send an appeal down the wrong path in the appellate maze.


Areas of Practice

Our primary goal is to help busy practitioners and individual clients tackle the often complex task of preparing or responding to a substantive motion or an appellate brief. We strive to protect your interests through a high-quality, efficient, and cost- effective manner, while providing extensive knowledge, orientation to detail, and aggressive legal representation.

As part of the professional services offered, Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC can assist you in three main areas:

As part of our professional appellate services, we can assist you in:

We have the skills and ability to offer these three specialized services in the following areas of law:

For exceptional legal representation contact Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC today and see how we can make a difference.


Attorney Profile

Michael H. Zhu is a prominent attorney with over 18 years of experience, coming from a well-known law firm on Wall Street where he was a partner and headed that firm's Appellate Practice group. He primarily focuses on substantive motions and appeals practice.

He is a graduate of New York University and the New York Law School where he was in the top 8% of his class and graduated cum laude. He was also the editor of the International and Comparative Law Journal. Contact Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC for your summary judgment or appellate needs.

With over 18 years of experience, Michael has litigated appeals in many counties within the New York State court system, and he has briefed or argued over 300 appeals before the Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals (New York State's highest court), in which he has won numerous landmark decisions in the following areas

Furthermore, in his career, Michael has had numerous significant successes in which the appellate court has reversed the decision of the trial judge and either granted the client summary judgment or denied the other party's motion as a matter of law.


Representative Cases

Throughout his illustrious career, Michael has either briefed or argued over 300 appeals and has appeared before New York Court of Appeals several times. To follow is a list of cases that have been published in the New York Official Reporters.


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Clients can expect personal attention and prompt, direct contact at any time with the lawyer who is responsible for their case and familiar with its facts.

We are readily accessible and responsive to client needs, and manage cases and offer services in an assertive and cost-effective manner.

So whether you are defending a final judgment or appealing a court's decision, contact Michael H. Zhu, Esq. PC for professional assistance and guidance in preparing your next summary judgment or post-trial motion or appeal.

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