In appellate law, the written legal brief is crucial. Facts are limited to what was already presented in the trial court, in almost every case. The process involves identifying potential arguments, researching and analyzing applicable law, and design and write a cogent, powerful and well organized appellate brief. Whereas oratorical skills are optimized in trial court, effective appellate counsel should have exceptional research and writing skills. Most cases on appeal are won or lost in the written briefs. Whether the party won or lost at trial, it is usually a good idea to consult an attorney experienced and skilled in appellate practice when the case is headed to the court of appeal. And, remember, the deadlines for filing a notice of appeal in federal or state court are short and absolutely critical. Red Law handles both Colorado State appeals, as well as Federal Appeals in Colorado.