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Effective Appellate Advocacy in the New York Courts

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Produced on June 09, 2017

$ 89 Litigation In Stock

Course Information

Time 1h 16m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

New York’s appellate practice markedly differs from federal practice – from the issues that can be appealed to the timing of the appeal to the composition of the appellate panel. A successful litigator in New York must know how to effectively use appellate procedure – even while a case is proceeding through the trial court – and then, depending on how a case unfolds, whether recourse to the New York Court of Appeal, New York’s highest court, is available.

Vincent Syracuse, Richard Trotter and Maryann Stallone – experienced New York commercial and appellate litigators – share their insight from decades of appellate practice in New York, and the wisdom appellate judges have shared with them as well. They discuss when to appeal to both the Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals and how to present issues – both in writing and orally – in a way that maximizes the likelihood of success. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Grasp the appellate rules that govern appealability to both the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals
  2. Discuss strategy about when, how and whether to bring an interlocutory appeal
  3. Understand how to position an appeal so that the Court of Appeals  will hear the case
  4. Identify tips for effective written and oral appellate advocacy at both the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals 


Vincent J. Syracuse

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Vincent J. Syracuse is the founder of Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and is currently its Co-Chair. With 50 years of litigation experience, he has earned a reputation as a problem-solver, a strategic tactician, and an aggressive advocate for clients. Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Vince represents a variety of clients in complex commercial litigation in the New York State and Federal Courts on the pre-trial, trial, and in various alternate dispute resolution forums including mediation and arbitration. When not acting as an advocate for clients, Vince is often asked to serve as a mediator in cases where his help is sought to resolve commercial disputes and is the person other attorneys call upon as an expert witness on various aspects of attorney professionalism.

Vince also handles cases involving law firm and accounting firm malpractice and is routinely consulted on ethical and professional responsibility issues. He is experienced in handling matters on the appellate level including cases in the New York Court of Appeals, where early on in his career he was a law clerk.

Vince is active in numerous bar association activities and frequently chairs or participates in continuing legal education programs for judges and lawyers on various commercial litigation topics. Vince has chaired the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) successful program on ethics and civility for over twenty years and in April 2019 was honored by the NYSBA for his contribution to professionalism and continuing legal education.

Vince is a member of the NYSBA's Committee on Attorney Professionalism and Continuing Legal Education. For the past eight years, he has written the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal which covers a variety of topics of interest to the bench and bar.

Vince has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers from 2006 through 2019, every year that selections were made.

Bar Admissions:

New York State

United States District Courts: Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals Second and Seventh Circuits

United States Tax Court

United States Supreme Court

Richard Trotter

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Richard Trotter is an associate in Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation and Bankruptcy practice groups. His diverse practice includes litigating a wide variety of complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy disputes in state, federal and bankruptcy court. Such disputes have involved issues of contract, securities, real estate and bankruptcy law. He has experience with both commercial and municipal bankruptcy context and has worked to preserve and enforce the rights of different parties at all stages of bankruptcy.

Maryann C. Stallone

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Maryann Stallone is a Partner in Tannenbaum Helpern's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. She advises clients on complex business disputes in the state and federal courts of New York, arbitrations and alternate dispute resolution forums. Maryann has handled cases involving securities fraud, breach of contract and business torts, including unfair competition, employment discrimination, infringement of intellectual property and professional malpractice. She has served clients in the hedge fund, private equity, REIT, law firm, accounting, dental, media and staffing industries.

Her litigation experience includes representing an investment advisor in connection with the Picard v. Katz clawback action, a prestigious law firm and a national accounting firm in connection with the defense of professional malpractice actions, and a global communication company and a private equity firm in connection with their breach of contract and restrictive covenant enforcement claims. Maryann co-writes the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal and has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2014-2016 and has been included in the Super Lawyers Women's Edition for 2016.


Helen E.

It was really informative and you get 3 for the price of 1.

Harold L.

Good presentation.

Steven D.

I would have called this CLE something different. The material was all very good, but I would have liked more on briefs and oral argument and less on the appealability of decisions. Also, more on the appellate division rules (though I know that you're shorter on time with a 1.5 credit course). Nevertheless, like I said, the material was all good.

Jeffrey G.

enjoyed the course

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