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Frequently Asked Questions

 Q. How much would the Madden Law Group (MLG) charge to assess the merits of my legal issue?

A.  We do not charge for an assessment of a potential client's claim.

Q. Can I afford to hire MLG?

A.  We create fee arrangements that work both for our clients and the Firm.

Q. How can MLG compete with large-box, litigation shops?

A.  MLG attorneys are top-shelf federal trail and appellate advocates with Am Law 100 experience.   

Q. In a suit against the government, is there an advantage in retaining counsel who previously has represented the government in similar cases?

A.  Yes.  Former government litigators have first-hand experience and knowledge about how the government evaluates certain types of cases. 

Q. Why should I consider MLG to represent me on appeal instead of using counsel retained for trial?

A.  In a typical case, most clients ask their trial counsel to represent them on appeal.  That makes sense intuitively because trial counsel will be familiar with the factual record and the legal arguments made by the parties.  Using trial counsel as appellate counsel does have its drawbacks, however.  Trial counsel almost universally become bonded with their view of the facts and the apparently relevant legal principles.  They are unlikely to change these views on appeal. 

But, often, issues that seemed all important at trial may be less important on appeal.  Blind attempts at vindication on appeal is not an optimal approach.  Experienced appellate counsel possess different skills than experienced and successful trial lawyers.  A lawyer brilliant at cross-examination or at arguing to a jury may not possess the skills needed for effective appellate representation. 

Appellate lawyers must be gifted writers who are also particularly skilled at teasing out the nuances of the law and experts at synthesizing a voluminous factual record into a smaller universe relevant to the appeal. 

Two approaches beyond simply asking trial counsel to handle the appeal should be considered.  First, when the stakes are particularly high, appellate counsel should be retained to prepare and litigate the appeal with an assist from trial counsel.  In other cases, it may be sufficient to bring in appellate counsel to take a “fresh look” in support of trial counsel remaining counsel of record on appeal.  Either way, obtaining a “fresh look” or “second look” about the best issues to appeal and the best overall approach to the appeal is wise.