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Reaching for Greater Heights - Bruce R. Bryan, Esq. - Criminal Appeals Attorney Syracuse NY | New York City Appellate Lawyer

Appeals Co-Counsel at Trial

In a major case where the stakes are high, there are multiple advantages to having an experienced criminal appeals lawyer on your trial team, not only to help win the case in the trial court but also to best position the case in the event of an appeal. The same legal issues involved in an appeal first arise in the trial court. An experienced NY criminal appeals lawyer is skilled at handling those legal issues, whether in the trial court or on appeal.

NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan is a persuasive advocate on legal issues in the trial court

NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan was first a trial attorney before an appeals attorney. Therefore, he understands firsthand how to persuasively argue legal issues to trial judges. His broad knowledge of the law acquired over more than 25 years as a lawyer helps him to formulate compelling legal arguments to all judges. Trial lawyers commonly seek his assistance in major or high-profile cases on significant legal issues because they recognize the advantage and experience that he brings to the trial team.

Mr. Bryan is an author and an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Persuasive Writing and Appellate Advocacy at Cornell Law School, one of this country’s major institutions. Among other things, Professor Bryan teaches how to effectively write and orally advocate legal issues at the trial level. He works cooperatively with trial counsel and under their direction. NY criminal appeals lawyer Bryan is committed to excellence. In addition to advocacy on legal issues in the trial court, he represents clients on federal criminal appeals, NY criminal appeals, appeals in other states, and appeals before the Supreme Court of the United States.

How Criminal Appeals Lawyer Bruce R. Bryan can help

There are several advantages in retaining an criminal appeals lawyer as part of the trial team:

  • Increase the probability of winning legal issues.  As a criminal appeals lawyer, Mr. Bryan has superior skills in persuasive writing and oral advocacy of legal issues. A trial attorney is gifted at developing the facts that can win the case. Having criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan on the team to handle legal issues increases the chance of winning those issues.

  • Allow the trial attorney more time to focus on the facts.  By freeing the trial attorney from primary responsibility for arguing the legal issues, the trial attorney can better focus on developing the facts that can win the case.
  • Sounding board for trial strategy.  Two heads are better than one. The facts of a case must fit within a legal theory. Criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan can bring a fresh perspective and help strengthen trial strategy.
  • Preserve the record.  Criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan is keenly aware of the need to make objections and preserve the trial record for a possible criminal appeal. He can help trial counsel identify possible issues needed for a criminal appeal to preserve them in the trial record.
  • If an appeal occurs, the transition is seamless.  Having been involved at the trial stage, criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan will already be fully knowledgeable about the facts and legal issues for an appeal.  His early involvement will result in an efficient transition if an appeal occurs.

Legal rulings by the trial judge can win or lose the case

The importance of legal rulings by the trial judge cannot be underestimated. Many can determine or affect the outcome of the case. As a skilled NY criminal appeals lawyer in written and orally advocacy on legal issues, NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan can give you the best chance to win the issues in the trial court.

Defense attorneys often make pre-trial motions attacking the prosecution’s case. For example, an attorney may move to suppress physical evidence obtained in an illegal search and seizure or statements made by the defendant in violation of his or her constitutional rights. The defendant may assert legal defenses, such as self-defense or alibi. The People may also have failed to disclose exculpatory evidence in violation of its discovery obligations under Brady. The defense may move to challenge the constitutionality of the criminal statute or its application to the defendant’s case. Legal issues are briefed and orally argued to the trial judge in the same way as issues are briefed and orally argued to an appeals court.

Countless legal issues can arise at trial. For example, there can be issues regarding the admission or exclusion of evidence, the People’s theory of guilt, or the court’s legal instructions to the jury on the elements of the offense.  If the jury convicts, there often are significant issues about the correct sentence to impose.

Contact NY Criminal Appeals Lawyer Bruce R. Bryan

To contact Mr. Bryan about whether he may serve as co-counsel on a criminal trial, with trial counsel’s consent, call him at 315-280-8790 or 914-281-1850 at his Syracuse or White Plains, New York offices.

B. Bryan, "Defendant's Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York," (2005)


Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York | Bryan Criminal Appeals Lawyer NY

The object of appellate advocacy is to persuade. The winning advocate focuses the court on the strength of your case. Read More

Cornell Adjunct Professor of Law


Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York | Bryan Criminal Appeals Lawyer NY

As an adjunct faculty, Professor Bryan teaches "Advanced Persuasive Writing and Appellate Advocacy" to second and third year law students at Cornell Law School. Read More