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Creative thinking, brilliant writing, superlative oral advocacy, extraordinary familiarity with the judges—these are qualities clients should expect from appellate attorneys. What sets us apart is our intimate understanding of our clients' goals and making their achievement our number one priority. Our experience and unrelenting focus on results makes us the smart choice for appellate litigation. Running, Wise & Ford has been successful in preserving favorable trial court results and overturning unfavorable ones. Our attorneys have successfully argued in the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Appellate advocacy requires skills that are similar to, but distinctly different from, those used during a trial. Arguments cannot be made to an appellate court in the same way they are made to a jury. Issues that are important at trial may not be significant to an appellate judge. Issues that appeared less important during trial may take on added significance at the appellate level. As a result, it is often advisable to have a different attorney take a fresh look at a case when it goes up on appeal, in either a consulting role or as new lead counsel for the appeal.

For more information on the firm's Appellate practice contact us at 231-946-2700 or 1-800-968-8577.


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  • Court Considers Chapter 7 Trustee's Ability to Sell LLC Property in Sole Members Bankruptcy

    Michael I. Conlon

    A bankruptcy trustee has the right to liquidate any property of a Chapter 7 Debtor subject to claimed exemptions and liens. Does this right extend to a membership interest in an LLC where the sole member files bankruptcy? The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan addressed this issue recently in In re Hopkins, Bankr. W.D. Mich. (Feb. 2, 2012).



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