When a decision is made on a case heard in a Minnesota trial court, including a family law case, there is always a possibility that the trial court judge made a mistake. When that happens, one of the parties to the case may appeal it to a higher court. Many attorneys are unfamiliar with the appellate process and do not understand the standards of review by which the appellate court is bound in reviewing the case (the standard which determines whether it is appropriate for a case to be reviewed by an appellate court or change the decision below).
Louise worked at the Minnesota Court of Appeals for four years, and has the background to help evaluate whether a case has a likelihood of success on appeal. If you believe that there is reason to appeal a lower court decision in your family law matter, you should contact Louise for a straightforward assessment of your case. She can explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case and help you to determine whether it is in your best interest to pursue an appeal.
The state of Minnesota encourages parties who are interested in appealing a district court decision to instead resolve the matter through appellate mediation. There are advantages to appellate mediation, including a faster outcome as well as reduced legal fees compared to a full appeal. Many parties have also said that they felt heard for the first time during appellate mediation. In addition to her experience with Minnesota family law and the appeals process, Louise is also an experienced mediator and can assist clients through the appellate mediation process.