After a case is resolved in the trial court, if you believe the trial judge committed error, you can consider seeking review with the California Court of Appeal. This typically entails filing a Notice of Appeal, due shortly after entry of the order or judgment at issue. Not all orders are appealable. Some orders may be reviewable by an emergency writ, such as certain custody orders and contempt orders. Our office has extensive experience in the court of appeal, and partner Michelene Insalaco prevailed in 2020 with a Petition for Review filed in the California Supreme Court. Ms. Insalaco’s published appellate cases include:
- Sabato v. Brooks (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 715 (successfully defended appeal of DVPA restraining order).
- In re Marriage of Blazer (2009) 176 Cal.App.4th 1438 (successfully defended appeal of order reducing spousal support, issues involved business expenses deducted from income for support purposes and double dipping).
- Ragghanti v. Reyes (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 989 (successfully defended appeal in move-away case).
- In re Marriage of Edlund & Hales (1998) 66 Cal.App.4th 1454 (successfully defended appeal in move-away case).
Our office also provides appellate case assessment, including a full file review and opinion letter for a reasonable flat fee, and appellate representation. We also handle certain appeals on a low-fee or flat fee basis.