Appellate Litigation

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When a decision doesn’t go your way, an appeal is often the only option. Walter | Haverfield’s team of seasoned litigators is known for creating persuasive arguments that help to shape the Court’s opinion at the Appellate levels. You can count on us to provide strong advocacy, bottom line-oriented advice and creative solutions all in an effort to help preserve our client’s rights—whether they’re battling in a trial court or court of appeals.

In the firm’s 80+ year history, we have argued hundreds of appeals cases at all levels of government. We both prosecute, as well as defend, appeals.

At Walter | Haverfield, our litigators have the experience, skills and resources necessary to represent you at the appellate level.


The Appellate group’s experience and services include the following:

  • Obtained the reversal of a six figure jury verdict against a physician in a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim.
  • Upheld a trial court’s decision awarding zero damages in a UCC matter, despite the fact that the plaintiff had demonstrated liability.
  • Secured a reversal of a trial court’s judgment that an equity membership contract for an exclusive country club was unconscionable.
  • Obtained the reversal of a trial court decision that an equity golf membership was a consumer transaction.
  • Upheld a trial court’s decision that an option clause in a residential building contract had been waived by the consumer.
  • Represented a municipal client before the Ninth District Court of Appeals in a workers’ compensation matter involving the death of a police officer.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment – which was upheld on appeal to the Eighth District Court of Appeals (Carl J. Falivene, et al. v. Bob Schmitt Homes, Inc., Case No. 2012-Ohio-259) – for a developer relative to breach of contract, fraud, fraudulent inducement, negligent misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, and Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act claims brought against the developer by a homeowner.
  • Drafts complaints and briefs and litigated all aspects of matters pending before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Courts of Appeals of Ohio, and the Ohio Supreme Court, including original actions filed in the Ohio appellate courts.
  • Presents oral argument in cases before the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth District Ohio Courts of Appeals.
  • Representation of matters arising under the Ohio Public Records Act, including filing and defending against original actions filed in Ohio trial and appellate courts seeking the disclosure of public records.

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