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Florida Appellate Lawyer
David B. Pakula is a premier Florida appellate lawyer handling complex civil appellate litigation in state and federal courts. He also provides strategic counseling and litigation support to trial lawyers. Keywords:appellate lawyer, appellate law firm, appellate law, attorney, attorneys, appellate lawyers, appellate, civil appellate litigation, appeal, appeals, appellate mediation, florida, FL, palm beach, broward, dade, pembroke pines, davie, plantation, fort lauderdale, weston, hollywood, hallandale, miami, boca ratonJust 25 years ago, there were few Florida attorneys who were regarded as "appellate lawyers." In fact, not so long ago the designation "appellate lawyer" did not even exist in Florida. In generations past, an attorney who gravitated toward the intellectual side of litigation -- researching legal precedents, writing legal briefs and memoranda of law, arguing legal points to judges, and providing support to trial lawyers -- might have been referred to by a colleague as a "law man" or "law woman."

During the past 25 years,as legal specialization has increased, so has the number of Florida lawyers engaging in what is now known as "appellate practice." Since the mid-1990's the Florida Bar has designated qualified appellate attorneys as "board certified" specialists in appellate practice. Board certification by the Florida Bar in appellate practice requires the attainment of certain standards of knowledge and experience in the handling of appeals. For more information and a listing of Florida Bar board certified appellate lawyers, visit the Florida Bar's website.

The goal of this website is to provide information, news and commentary about appellate practice in Florida. We feature blogs that discuss legal writing tips, recent Florida case law, and "random thoughts" related to Florida appellate practice. The site also contains information about our firm and the legal services we provide. We hope you find it useful and interesting.

  • [2012/11/4] Innovative New Fourth DCA Procedure Streamlines Ti...

    Commendations to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Chief Judge Melanie May presiding, for adminstrative order no. 2011-2, which allows parties to file notices of agreed time extensions...

  • [2012/6/27] Florida Supreme Court Adopts Rules for Electronic ...

    On June 21, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court adopted a requirement that all pleadings be served via email. This change was originally effective July 1, 2012, but on June 26, 2012 the court...

  • [2012/3/23] 2012 Florida No Fault Bill Not All Bad News for Ac...

    An amendment to Florida’s motor vehicle no fault insurance law was recently passed by the Florida legislature and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Scott in the near future. ...

  • [2011/10/3] Fee Driven Litigation: the "Bridge to Nowhere...

    The idea behind fee shifting statutes is a noble one: to level the playing field so the little guy can have access to the courts.  But in the world of PIP no-fault litigation, sometimes you...

  • [2011/9/25] Things To Do While Waiting For a Ruling

    Months have passed since the oral argument.  Still no ruling.  Every week, with great anticipation you check the court's website at the moment the court releases its decisions.  Each...

  • [2011/5/20] Oedipus Hex: Our "Children" Rise Up Agai...

    Seasoned appellate lawyers are rightfully proud of their hard earned appellate victories.  We feel as though our efforts have contributed toward the development of the...

  • [2011/10/9] More on Transitions: the Logical Link

    In a previous article, I discussed transitions as the glue that holds paragraphs together.  The article focused mainly on word choice.  But there is much more to say about transitions,...

  • [2011/10/1] Paragraph Theory: The Rule of Three

    A paragraph can be thought of as a unit that communicates a packet of thoughts.  It is composed of smaller units: words and sentences.  The paragraphs are linked together by means of...

  • [2011/9/24] Using the Royal "We" In Brief Writing

    Opinions issued by multiple-judge appellate panels frequently use the words "we," or "our," as in "we hold today that...", or "our decision should not be construed as..."  Using the royal "we"...

  • [2011/9/24] Transitions: Don't Forget the Glue!

    Writing is in some ways like constructing a building.  Words, sentences, paragraphs and larger units like sections constitute the raw materials.  An able writer knows how to arrange these...

  • [2011/5/23] Legal Writing Tip: Alternate Short and Long Sentences

    You may have heard this writing tip: use short sentences.  It's true that many writers use overly long and complex sentences.  This is generally to be avoided.  Shorter sentences...