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Preeminent Appellate Lawyers Serving Tustin & Orange County for 30+ Years

At John L. Dodd and Associates Prof Corp, we provide professional, appellate-level advocacy for clients in Tustin and throughout Orange County. Since 1989, we have handled more than 1,200 appellate matters. Our attorneys do not handle trial court matters or appeals in administrative proceedings.

We primarily concentrate on appeals originating from Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. However, we have filed appellate briefs in every District of the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. Our attorneys also have filed appellate briefs in the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Types of Appeal Cases We Handle

At John L. Dodd and Associates Prof Corp, we provide representation for clients who either wish to challenge an unfavorable decision in a lower court or must now defend themselves against another party’s appeal. If you are considering appealing a negative decision, we strongly suggest that you schedule a 30-minute case evaluation over the phone and speak with one of our Tustin appellate lawyers as soon as possible. After the short telephone conference and a more in-depth evaluation, we are prepared to provide you with an honest take on your chances of success and advise you concerning your potential appeal.

Call (714) 880-8744 or send us a message to request an assessment by an appellate attorney.

What Sets Us Apart From Other Orange County Law Firms?

In addition to having more than 30 years of experience in appellate advocacy, our team genuinely cares about each client and are known for our people-centered approach to providing legal service. We never delegate important aspects of your case to secretaries or law clerks; rather, the entirety of your case will be handled by an experienced attorney.

The Benefits of Working With an Appellate Specialist

In California, being an appellate specialist means more than just handling a few appeals or occasionally doing appellate work. Rather, appellate specialists are required by law to pass a rigorous exam. Appellate specialists are also required to have extensive experience in appeals and obtain positive evaluations from judges and other attorneys who can attest to the quality of their work. In short, establishing oneself as an appellate specialist demonstrates a wealth of experience, great insight, and a firm commitment to excellence, all of which will directly enhance your chance of success in the appellate matter at hand.

John L. Dodd and Associates Prof Corp is here to serve you. Call (714) 880-8744 or contact us online to learn more about our appellate legal services in Tustin.

Types of Appeals We Do Not Handle

There are many other types of “appeals” involving legal issues which are not the type of “appeals” we handle. These would include small claims appeals, which are a new trial before a Superior Court judge. We also do not handle administrative appeals, such as those involving:

  • Social security or unemployment benefits
  • Taxes
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Educational accommodations

These administrative appeals often take place in the office of the agency, not a courtroom. For these matters, it is best the client seek out qualified attorneys with experience in these areas. Many state, county and local governmental agencies and licensing bodies also have their own “appeal” procedures.

Our firm does not represent citizens in these matters until the proceeding leaves the administrative review process and then goes to the Superior Court or California Court of Appeal. Again, usually you can find a qualified trial attorney experienced in these areas to represent you.

For Superior Court proceedings, we do not appear in Superior Court but sometimes can work with your trial attorney to prepare a Petition for Writ of Mandate or Administrative Mandamus. These proceedings are focused on an evidentiary hearing in the Superior Court, however, so this is primarily handled by a trial attorney.

If you are unsuccessful in the Superior Court, we can represent you in the next step, which is the California Court of Appeal. There are other types of decisions citizens may want to “appeal,” such as a determination by a private business you can no longer enter their premises or by an airline informing you that you can no longer fly with them.

For these types of proceedings, again, your best remedy is to seek out a qualified trial attorney who can represent you. We would only be involved after the matter concludes in the Superior Court and the unsuccessful party wishes to pursue the matter in the California Court of Appeal.

Our Clients Tell All

Positive Experiences

    Quick to respond, his research is the best and his writing is concise and very persuasive. You will not go wrong with John on your side.

    - Janie B.

    John excels at presenting complex legal arguments to the Court of Appeal in a manner that gives my clients the maximum chance of success on appeal.

    - Michael. F.

    I recently turned to John when I believed the trial court had made an erroneous ruling on a complicated procedural and jurisdictional question.

    - Kayleene W.

    When everything was seemingly hopeless, we were fortunate enough to come across John L. Dodd.

    - Former Client

    I was lucky to find John Dodd to be my appellate lawyer.

    - Gloria H.

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