Appellate Proceedings

Judges and appellate specialists agree: successful appellate practice requires skills different from those required at trial.

While oral advocacy predominates at trial, written advocacy plays a primary role in the appellate courts, and oral advocacy before an appellate court differs substantially from trial. Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s appellate attorneys possess the analytical and advocacy skills required to represent clients effectively before any appellate court. They are also capable of assisting with determinations relating to appealability with respect to various rulings made by trial courts and the handling of extraordinary writs and actions in the original jurisdiction of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

In addition, the presence of a seasoned appellate advocate at trial can make the difference between success on appeal and a finding that the arguments raised were not preserved for review.


  • Cases relating to the powers and duties of local governmental entities
  • Cases arising from the provision of financial services, including consumer class actions and matters relating individual transactions and accounts
  • Cases stemming from real property and estate disputes
  • Cases arising from a variety of tort claims, including business torts, products liability actions, premises liability and class actions