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When you imagine what you wanted to happen when your case went to trial, one of your hopes was simply for the case to end. However, winning or losing a trial does not necessarily mean the case is over. When your case is appealed to the Alabama appellate court system, you want an experienced appellate lawyer on your side because what happens next is important to you and your family. Alabama appellate lawyer William L. Pfeifer, Jr.,  (“Bill Pfeifer”) has the special knowledge and skills that come from years of experience. You need an attorney working for you who has done this many times before and who knows what needs to be done in your case. Mr. Pfeifer understands that your case is important, he will take the time to listen to you, and he will give you his honest opinion about your situation. For a free telephone consultation about your appeal, contact Alabama appellate lawyer William L. Pfeifer, Jr., by clicking here.

Alabama appeals lawyer William L. Pfeifer, Jr., has been handling civil, family, and criminal appeals since 1993, and will aggressively represent you in the appellate courts. He operates a statewide appellate law practice, accepting clients with cases coming from every county in Alabama. He has been rated an AV Preeminent appellate attorney (the highest rating available) through the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating system, and  Avvo has given him a 10.0 Superb Rating (their best attorney score). The National Trial Lawyers Association named him one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Alabama. For a personal consultation with Mr. Pfeifer by phone or by email, call (800) 737-3702 Extension 1 or email us through the Contact form on this website.

Imagine you are trying to choose a doctor to perform your heart surgery. Do you see a cardiologist who performs an operation only once every few years, or do you see the one who does this every day? Or what if you were diagnosed with cancer and were fighting for your life? Would you see a general practice family physician, or would you go to an oncology specialist with an outstanding reputation who is dedicated to helping people with your specific problem? If the answer is easy when thinking about your medical care, then the choice should be clear when choosing an Alabama appellate lawyer. Call our office toll-free at (800) 737-3702 or click here to send us an email.

The practice of law in the appellate courts requires an extensive knowledge of the law as well as strong writing skills. In an appeal from circuit court, the attorney does not get to conduct a new trial in front of the appeals court. Instead, the appeal is based entirely on an analysis of the trial record and the applicable law. Appellate lawyers analyze the court record, research the legal issues, and file written briefs with the appellate court to argue the legal position of their clients. Done properly, preparing an appellate brief is a very time-consuming process requiring hours of research and writing. When choosing an appellate lawyer, it is essential that you select an attorney who is willing to devote a significant amount of time to your case.

An appellate lawyer should also have a well-rounded background of experience, both in the courtroom as well as in legal scholarship. Attorney Bill Pfeifer has many years of litigation experience, which enables him to bring a practical perspective to appellate law practice that only comes from courtroom experience. He also has many years of appellate experience, including having worked for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals as a staff attorney. Appellate lawyers should not argue how a case should have been handled in court unless they have personally stood in the courtroom arguing cases themselves. Likewise, a good trial lawyer is always thinking about how to argue a case to a judge or jury in a way that protects the clients rights in an appeal. Pfeifer has done both, and uses that balance of experience to better advocate for his appellate clients. He now limits his practice exclusively to cases in the Alabama appellate court system.

In Alabama, all state court appeals are decided by appellate courts located in Montgomery. Depending on the situation, a case could be reviewed by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, or the Alabama Supreme Court.  Lawyers writing appellate briefs must follow the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure, which are available on this site by clicking here. These rules are applied in Alabama criminal appeals, in family court appeals, and in civil appeals cases. Alabama appellate courts almost always issue their rulings based on the written briefs submitted by the attorneys without ever seeing the lawyers or their clients in court. They do not set a case for oral argument unless it involves the death sentence in a capital murder case or it revolves around some unique or complex legal issue.  Thus, it is vitally important that an appellate lawyer have strong legal research skills as well as a dedication to legal writing.

Attorney William L. Pfeifer, Jr., (Bill Pfeifer) has many years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, including having served as a staff attorney to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in Montgomery.  Although he spent many years as lead counsel in major felonies and other trial court cases, he now focuses his practice primarily on appeals. He operates a statewide appellate law practice, handling cases from all over the State of Alabama. He will give your case the time and attention needed to present a strong argument on your behalf.  To discuss your options in appealing your case, call Bill Pfeifer at (800) 737-3702 Extension 1. You can also use the online Contact form on this website to send him an email about your situation.

In addition to writing legal briefs, Pfeifer is also a freelance writer and editor. His articles have been published in professional journals, newsletters, newspapers, and websites, and he is the author of two published books (with a third on the way). He also edits both fiction and nonfiction books for other writers, has served on the board of editors of several legal publications, and provides professional writing services to businesses, political groups, and other organizations. He is a member of the National Writers Union, the Legal Writing Institute, and Scribes – the American Society of Legal Writers. His scholarly articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including professional journals published by the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA), and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Pfeifer’s appellate law office accepts clients who need to appeal cases from every circuit court in every county in Alabama, including: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Dekalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, and Winston. No matter what Alabama county handled the trial of your case, your appeal will go to the appellate courts in Montgomery.

To discuss whether Bill Pfeifer would be able to assist you with your case, call at (800) 737-3702 Extension 1, or use the online Contact form on this website to send him an email about your case.

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