How to Successfully Perfect an Appeal in New York: Perspectives from an Appellate Service Provider and a Practitioner

(97 Ratings)

Produced on: July 13, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 51 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
This program aims to present a review of the appellate process from both the perspective of an appellate service provider and a practitioner.
The panel’s esteemed speakers each hold a different role and expertise within the appellate process. Our speakers will review the important factors to include and the pitfalls to avoid when preparing your next appeal.
From the perspective of an appellate service provider, Michael Kestan, President and Jacquelyn L. Mouquin, Senior Appellate Counsel at AppealTech will discuss when, where, and how to perfect your appeal at the Appellate Division, First and Second Departments. Michael and Jacquelyn will make special reference to the proposed statewide rule changes and how those changes may affect practitioners.
From the practitioner’s perspective, Vincent Chirico, Principal Appellate Attorney at Chirico Law will provide a thorough review of the strategic considerations in brief writing and oral argument in New York appellate practice.
Once you have completed this program, you will be armed with a wealth of knowledge that will surely change the way you that you prepare for your next appeal.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Obtain a thorough review of the existing rules at the Appellate Division First and Second Department
  2. Gain a detailed understanding of the proposed statewide rule changes
  3. Develop a strategic approach to crafting your brief
  4. Identify key tips for oral argument preparation


Jacquelyn L. Mouquin is known for her efficient and responsive assistance to attorneys’ appellate practice. With more than 10 years’ legal experience, Jacki has amassed a thorough understanding of state and federal courts. Jacki specializes in appeals at the New York appellate courts, including the Appellate Division, First and Second Department, and the New York Court of Appeals, as well as federal courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits.

Jacki is admitted to the state bars of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her extensive track record advising and guiding clients through all phases of the appellate process makes her an invaluable asset to both AppealTech and her clients.

Michael Kestan


Michael Kestan, an attorney, is the President and owner of AppealTech. Prior to joining AppealTech, he was a litigator in New York City for over 12 years. Mr. Kestan’s litigation experience includes commercial litigation at Nixon Peabody as well as insurance defense litigation. He has represented and worked with large corporate clients and many major insurance companies.

Mr. Kestan’s litigation experience gives AppealTech a unique insight into the needs and requirements of all our clients. He has extensive knowledge of appellate procedure as well as practical litigation experience.

Vincent Chirico

Chirico Law PLLC

Vince has over twenty-five years of experience in civil litigation, having served as national coordinating counsel for Fortune 500 companies in nationwide and cross-border, industry-wide and individual matters through trial and appeal. As partner in a mid-size New York City firm, Vince also headed its appellate practice group. 

In 2012, Vince formed Chirico Law PLLC, providing litigation and transactional representation as well as consulting services to other law firms. In the litigation sphere, Chirico Law specializes in appeals in various contexts, including commercial, product liability, transportation, and construction law. The firm’s transactional Practice focuses on business formation and transactions, real estate and estate planning. 

Vince is a graduate of New York Law School (Class of ’93), where he also served as Adjunct Professor for 11 years, teaching upper-class and first-year courses on legal writing, research, analysis, persuasion, pre-trial and appellate advocacy. He currently presents legal education seminars focusing on appeals, practice management, practical skills and persuasion. 

In addition to memberships in the New York State and City Bar Associations, Vince is a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board #11, and serves as Chairperson of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (, President of the American-Italian Coalition of Organizations (, and Vice President of the Dyker Heights Athletic Association ( 

Vince is admitted to practice in State and Federal courts in New York and New Jersey. 


jesse s.

Very good

Harold L.

Good presentation.

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