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Bruce R. Bryan

New York State Civil Appeals

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Often, civil appeals involve verdicts awarding substantial sums or court orders having substantial impacts on lives. Such appeals deal with broad areas of law and complex issues. For example, civil appeals may concern actions for negligence, breach of contract, fraud, wills, trusts, and estates, real property and business relations. All parties to a civil appeal need well-qualified, experienced appellate counsel. The attorney must be a master of the written word, well-versed in the appellate process, and a skilled oral advocate.

Attorney Bruce R. Bryan is a Highly Experienced Appellate Advocate

Attorney Bryan is committed to excellence in appellate advocacy. Over his more than 20 year career as an appellate attorney, he has handled numerous appeals to the appellate courts of New York, including the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. He has extensive civil law experience, including positions as a Wall Street lawyer and civil trial attorney. He is an author on New York appeals and an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Cornell Law School, one of the nation’s most prestigious legal institutions. He has also represented clients in appeals before high-level federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a master of persuasive writing and highly adept at appellate oral arguments. His broad knowledge of the law, New York appellate procedure, and winning legal arguments provide you with an invaluable advantage on an appeal.

Attorney Bryan is available as appellate counsel or as appellate co-counsel with the trial attorney on the appeal.

Issues on Civil Appeals. A civil appeal contends that errors occurred in the trial court that should reverse or modify the result of the case.

Pre-trial Issues. There are a number of issues that can arise prior to trial that may result in an appeal. For example, a trial court may have decided the interpretation or construction of a statute adversely to a party. The trial court may have decided a motion for summary judgment in which it agreed with one party’s claim that there was no question of fact for a jury to resolve.

Trial Issues. Numerous legal issues can occur at trial that may result in an appeal. For example, a party may claim that the trial court erred in admitting or excluding evidence, the judge improperly limited cross-examination, or the court erred in the legal instructions or charge to the jury.

Award or Remedy. A party may claim that the award or remedy was improper.

The Four Departments of the Appellate Division

Most criminal appeals go to one of the four Departments of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York. (In the First and Second Departments, criminal appeals may go to Special Terms of the Supreme Court). The four Departments and their counties are as follows:

Appellate Division, First Department – New York, (Manhattan, Bronx)

Appellate Division, Second Department – Richmond (Staten Island); Kings (Brooklyn); Westchester; Orange; Putnam; Duchess; Queens; Nassau; Suffolk

Appellate Division, Third Department – Sullivan; Ulster; Greene; Columbia; Schoharie; Albany; Rensselaer; Schenectady; Montgomery; Fulton; Saratoga; Washington; Warren; Hamilton; Essex; St. Lawrence; Franklin; Clinton; Delaware; Otsego; Madison; Chenango; Broome; Cortland; Tioga; Tompkins; Schuyler; Chemung

Appellate Division, Fourth Department – Onondaga; Oswego, Oneida; Herkimer; Lewis; Jefferson; Steuben; Livingston; Monroe; Ontario; Wayne; Yates; Seneca; Cayuga; Niagara; Orleans; Erie; Genesee; Wyoming; Chautauqua; Cattaraugus; Allegheny

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