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The Appellate Process at the NY State Appellate Division: Perfecting Civil Appeals in the New York State Appellate Division, Third & Fourth Departments

Produced on June 23, 2016

Course Information

Time 54 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Litigation

Course Description

The New York State Appellate Division, the Third and Fourth Departments have many rules and regulations, some official, some less so, with which attorneys must comply when perfecting their appeals. In this course, Eric Kuperman, Esq. and John McGorty address the process and elaborate on the intricacies of that which is required when filing in either of these two Upstate New York-based Courts. Here, they focus on the preparation and timely filing of the Notice of Appeal and accompanying documents as well as the necessary documents to be included in the Record/Appendix and the requirements for the various appellate briefs. Idiosyncrasies such as enlargements of time, briefing schedules for appeals with numerous parties and filing Motions for Leave to Appeal are also discussed in depth. At the conclusion of the program, they briefly examine oral argument and explain how perfecting appeals works in the New York State Court of Appeals, which is New York State’s highest court.


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Understand how and when to file a Notice of Appeal

II.    Identify what to include in the Record on Appeal

III.   Grasp what to include in the Brief

IV.   Recognize best practices for presenting Oral Arguments

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Eric J. Kuperman

PrintingHouse Press

After Eric J. Kuperman graduated from law school in 1997, he began his litigation career and practiced for the better part of a decade before seguing into a career as a litigation support consultant to lawyers and law firms across the nation. During the last 7 ½ years, he has focused primarily on assisting attorneys with their appellate needs and is now Vice President of Appellate Services at PrintingHouse Press, the leading Appellate Services Provider in New York City. Eric specializes in appeals in all New York State courts ranging from the Appellate Divisions up through the New York State Court of Appeals, the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has handled appeals in New Jersey as well as many Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal across the country.


During college, Mr. Kuperman clerked in the New York State Court system for the Law Department. Thereafter, while in law school, he held two internships - one with the Attorney General and the other with New York State Supreme Court Justice Beatrice Shainswit. In further preparation for his forthcoming litigation career, he participated in an Intensive Trial Advocacy Program during his third year in law school. Following graduation, he worked mostly as a civil defense litigator, representing major insurance carriers, both domestically and internationally. An ever-growing part of his practice, Mr. Kuperman became intrigued with appellate practice and ultimately drafted briefs and argued before the Appellate Division First Department.


Mr. Kuperman is proud to have hundreds of clients who look to him for guidance when preparing their cases for appeal. His knowledge of appellate practice and procedure fastidious attention to detail and availability at all hours, have endeared him to his loyal clients.


Mr. Kuperman is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Economics. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1997. He was a writer for, and an Editor of, the Cardozo Women’s Law Journal. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Eric lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children. He is a weekend warrior athlete, coach, creative writer, amateur singer/musician and tutor.


John McGorty

PrintingHouse Press

After a short career as a Minor League baseball player, John segued into the Finance sector after obtaining his Series 7 and 63 licenses. Throughout his career in the Financial Industry, John was involved with a UK based clientele which specialized in private client services and other international finance-based matters. He was particularly effective in gaining his clients’ trust and developing their financial portfolios.


Thereafter, Mr. McGorty segued into the Mortgage industry, managing a team of loan officers for a Commercial/Residential Mortgage Broker. While brokering transactions, John always dealt directly with clients. As with his experience in the financial sector, John very easily and quickly gained his clients’ trust by virtue of his wealth of experience in the business world.


John McGorty attended Marist College where he was Captain of the baseball team and selected in the 2003 Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers. In addition to having played at the high school, college and professional levels, John has also spent a significant amount of time coaching baseball at the NCAA Division I and II levels. He was also an assistant coach for Marist and Dowling Colleges for a combined five years. In 2009, after graduating from Dowling with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, he lead Dowling to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, North Carolina.


In 2011, John joined PrintingHouse Press where he immediately began working directly with clients. He quickly became an expert in the appellate arena and has since assisted countless attorneys in perfecting appeals and filing appellate briefs in the State and Federal Courts. His success can be attributed to the combination of a customer service-oriented background together with a thorough knowledge of appellate practice and procedure. He is an integral part of the PHP team and works closely with the other veterans of the very seasoned staff.


Diana M.

Could not afford to win without this thanks

Steven P.

Very informative, good instructor

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