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Prior Cases (Experience)

Most lawyers today specialize in a particular area of law or type of practice. Specializing in appeals is a relatively new phenomenon, but almost all large and mid-size law firms have appellate sections that offer to take over a case just after trial. There are other "boutique" firms which handle appeals by referral from other attorneys. This specialty is different from many others because while focusing on legal research and writing and post-trial procedure, the appellate specialist must also be familiar with a wide range of substantive law. Many appeals involve trying to convince an appellate court to interpret a statute in a certain way or to recognize a particular "cause of action" or legal theory of recovery or defense rather than just some procedural anomoly arising during trial. While some attorneys can further specialize in a particular type of appeals, e.g. insurance coverage or defense of premises defects, unless he or she is "in-house" counsel for a corporation or regularly employed by insurance companies, the appellate attorney is likely to seek a broader range of cases.

I have been privileged to represent both individuals and companies in a wide variety of civil appeals. While much of my work has been on behalf of the appellant (the party taking the appeal and trying to overturn the result of the trial), I also have extensive experience in representing appellees. This is particularly true of my more recent work, as an assistant district attorney, where I regularly write briefs for the State, seeking to uphold criminal convictions.

Extensive Experience

APPELLATE CASES IN WHICH I PREPARED BRIEFS

Driskill vs. Forbes
11th Court of Appeals 566 S.W.2d 90

Driskill vs. Forbes
Supreme Court of Texas

Terrell vs. Graham
11th Court of Appeals 569 S.W.2d 595

Terrell vs. Graham
Supreme Court of Texas 576 S.W.2d 610

McKain vs. Fort Worth Savings & Loan Assn.
2nd Court of Appeals

Texas Electric Service Company vs. Nix
2nd Court of Appeals 575 S.W.2d 304

Texas Electric Service Company vs. Nix
Supreme Court of Texas

Johnson vs. City of Gorman
11th Court of Appeals

Swaim vs. Texas Electric Service Company
2nd Court of Appeals 590 S.W.2d 788

Swaim vs. Texas Electric Service Company
Supreme Court of Texas

Adams Enterprise vs. Barry
10th Court of Appeals 594 S.W.2d 827

Adams Enterprise vs. Barry
Supreme Court

Blair vs. Cook
11th Court of Appeals 607 S.W.2d 602

Vanguard Milk Producers Co-op of Missouri vs. Hankins
11th Court of Appeals

Barnes vs. College Life Insurance Company of America
10th Court of Appeals

Barnes vs. College Life Insurance Company of America
Supreme Court of Texas

Brooks vs. Bachus
11th Court of Appeals 661 S.W.2d 288

Brooks vs. Bachus
Supreme Court of Texas

Fisher vs. Ross
11th Court of Appeals

Estate of Thompson
11th Court of Appeals

Estate of Thompson
Supreme Court of Texas

Grissom vs. Alfa Laval, Inc.
11th Court of Appeals

Grissom vs. Alfa Laval, Inc.
Supreme Court of Texas

Employers Casualty Company vs. Fambro
11th Court of Appeals 694 S.W.2d 449

Fambro vs. Employers Casualty Company
Supreme Court of Texas

Woodruff vs. Cook
5th Court of Appeals 721 S.W.2d 865

Woodruff vs. Cook
Supreme Court of Texas

Henslee vs. Texcolada Oil Company
11th Court of Appeals

Henslee vs. Texcolada Oil Company
Supreme Court of Texas

Thompson vs. Mayes
11th Court of Appeals

Thompson vs. Mayes
Supreme Court of Texas

Estate of Thompson
11th Court of Appeals

Estate of Thompson
Supreme Court of Texas

Fincher vs. Meddars
11th Court of Appeals

Striegler vs. Nixon Livestock Commission
13th Court of Appeals

Striegler vs. Nixon Livestock Commission
Supreme Court of Texas

Sears vs. Simpson
11th Court of Appeals

Glass vs. State of Texas
10th Court of Appeals

Barnett vs. South Eastland County Hospital District
11th Court of Appeals

Barnett vs. South Eastland County Hospital District
Supreme Court of Texas

Chisolm vs. Cleveland
2nd Court of Appeals 741 S.W.2d 619

Cleveland vs. Chisolm
Supreme Court of Texas

Collerain vs. City of Granbury
2nd Court of Appeals 760 S.W.2d 364

Fincher vs. Meddars
11th Court of Appeals

Fincher vs. Meddars
Supreme Court of Texas

Herod vs. Porter
11th Court of Appeals

Andrle vs. Andrle
11th Court of Appeals 751 S.W.2d 955

Andrle vs. Andrle
Supreme Court of Texas

Horton vs. Gloff
10th Court of Appeals

Nix vs. Buzbee
Supreme Court of Texas

Lee vs. Garner
11th Court of Appeals

Hallmark vs. Brock
11th Court of Appeals

Decker vs. Hatfield
11th Court of Appeals 798 S.W.2d 637

Decker vs. Hatfield
Supreme Court of Texas

Marino vs. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company
Supreme Court of Texas 787 S.W.2d 948

State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Company vs. Peek
2nd Court of Appeals

Chumney vs. Craig
10th Court of Appeals 805 S.W.2d 864

Chumney vs. Craig
Supreme Court

County of Palo Pinto vs. Cockburn
11th Court of Appeals

Bidwell vs. Bidwell
9th Court of Appeals

Bidwell vs. Bidwell
Supreme Court of Texas

Carpenter vs. Town & Country Bank
11th Court of Appeals 806 S.W.2d 959

Carpenter vs. Town & Country Bank
Supreme Court of Texas

Hallmark vs. Brock
11th Court of Appeals

Webb vs. Fikes
11th Court of Appeals

State Dept.of Highways and Public Transp. vs. Cotner
10th Court of Appeals 826 S.W.2d 692

State Dept.of Highways and Public Transp. vs. Cotner
Supreme Court of Texas 845 S.W.2d 818

Ice Brothers, Inc. vs. Bannowsky
8th Court of Appeals 840 S.W.2d 57

Earnest vs. Earnest
11th Court of Appeals

Martin vs. Martin
11th Court of Appeals

Walker vs. Winfrey
11th Court of Appeals

Estate of Spindor
11th Court of Appeals 840 S.W.2d 665

Eades Commodities Company vs. First Interstate Bank
11th Court of Appeals

Eades Commodities Company vs. First Interstate Bank
Supreme Court of Texas

Jamar vs. Patterson
14th Court of Appeals 910 S.W.2d 118

Jamar vs. Patterson
Supreme Court of Texas 868 S.W.2d 318

Johnson vs. Johnson
11th Court of Appeals 869 S.W.2d 490

Johnson vs. Johnson
Supreme Court of Texas

Peterson vs. Nationsbank of Texas, N.A.
11th Court of Appeals 862 S.W.2d 182

Gold Kist, Inc. vs. Carr
11th Court of Appeals 886 S.W.2d 425

Carr vs. Gold Kist, Inc.
Supreme Court of Texas

Texas Department of Transportation vs. Cotner
10th Court of Appeals 877 S.W.2d 64

Cotner vs. Texas Department of Transportation
Supreme Court of Texas

Stephens vs. Stephens
10th Court of Appeals 877 S.W.2d 801

Stephens vs. Stephens
Supreme Court of Texas

Pegram vs. Hall
11th Court of Appeals

Renfroe vs. Landmark Village, Ltd.
Supreme Court of Texas

City of Stephenville vs. Blackwell
11th Court of Appeals

Peterson vs. O'Neal
11th Court of Appeals

Peterson vs. O'Neal
Supreme Court of Texas

Lewis vs. Lewis
11th Court of Appeals 923 S.W.2d 837

Lewis vs. Lewis
Supreme Court of Texas 944 S.W.2d 630

Thornhill vs. Law
11th Court of Appeals

Smith vs. Foodmaker, Inc.
2nd Court of Appeals 928 S.W.2d 683

Levisay vs. Cramer Financial Group, Inc.
11th Court of Appeals

Love vs. Mills County State Bank
3rd Court of Appeals

Welwood vs. Childress
5th Court of Appeals

Peterson vs. City of Fort Worth
2nd Court of Appeals 966 S.W.2d 773

McBee vs. Bailey
11th Court of Appeals



Martin L. Peterson * Attorney at Law * Appellate Specialist