Houston Appellate Attorneys

Not every verdict is final. You may have the right to appeal your case.


Our appellate attorneys regularly seek reversal or affirmance of trial court judgments on property division, child custody, juvenile crime, conservatorship and termination, and many other family law cases.

When a family law case goes to trial, the trial court – with or without the involvement of a jury – has a responsibility to discern the relevant facts and then arrive at a decision by applying settled legal standards to those facts. Where discretion is involved, there are always limits to that discretion.

When a trial judge makes the wrong decision, the party who is harmed can seek correction of this mistake through the appeals process. At Connolly & Shireman in Houston, our skilled appellate attorneys are knowledgeable in this area of law and its unique standards and procedures. If you are looking to appeal a family law decision, or need to defend such a decision against the other party’s appeal, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Navigating the Complex Appeals Process

It is difficult to win the reversal of any court decision on appeal, but it can become nearly impossible if your appellate attorney is not familiar with the strict and intricate procedural requirements of the appeals process.

In some cases, such as Child Protective Services (CPS) or the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) cases, parties have 20 days to perfect appeals after the final judgment. In juvenile law, there are two aspects to the standard order, i.e. adjudication and disposition. A procedural misstep can put a stop to your appeal before you have had an opportunity to present any arguments.

Our appellate attorneys regularly represent clients on appeal. We seek reversal or affirmance of trial court judgments for our clients. Our experienced appellate lawyers are able to pursue appeals at any level or extraordinary proceedings such as mandamus or habeas corpus.

Our family law appeals practice includes property division, child custody, conservatorship and termination, and all other types of Texas family law cases.

Our juvenile appeals have included adjudication matters in both felony and misdemeanor cases, such as murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and aggravated sexual assaults. We have also appealed cases involving certification of a child to be tried as an adult and transfer of a child from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Keeping an Eye on Family Law Appeals Options During Trial

It is also important for a family law or juvenile law attorney at the trial stage to consider the possibility that the case will go up on appeal. Appellate cases are based on the record of what happened at trial, so it is important for trial attorneys to take steps to preserve that record.

When one of our cases goes to trial, the possibility that our client or another party will appeal is always in the back of our minds, and we always pay close attention to our statements and actions from the perspective of how they will appear in the record after the fact.