Navigating the Appellate Landscape to Protect or Challenge Prior Decisions

Appeals for civil, family, and criminal case decisions

Most cases end when a trial comes to a close or the judge rules on a dispositive motion, but history has shown there are instances where laws have been wrongly applied or a tribunal has made a clear factual or legal error. Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky helps its clients appeal decisions in a variety of venues to ensure their case was properly decided by a lower court, agency, or arbitration panel and any errors that justify relief are rectified.

All levels of appeal

SMGG appellate attorneys typically get involved at the trial level in order to identify appealable issues and ensure our trial lawyers create a solid case that will effectively support the client’s position in the event of an appeal. Once the appeal has been filed, our appellate attorneys then conduct research, review the record, draft and respond to appellate briefs, and present oral argument.

Our appellate attorneys have briefed and argued appeals in all Pennsylvania and many federal appellate courts. We have also briefed and won appeals in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. We handle appeals from:

  • The Courts of Common Pleas to the Superior Court and Commonwealth Court
  • The Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • The United States Bankruptcy Court to the United States District Court
  • U.S. District Courts to the U.S. Courts of Appeals
  • Administrative agencies to the Commonwealth Court

Representative casework

Most recently, we have provided appellate representation over a range of matters, including to:

  • A newspaper reporter in a Right-to-Know Law appeal that established a landmark precedent on the standard and scope of review to be applied on appeal from a decision of the Office of Open Records
  • A group of residents seeking to uphold a zoning board decision over a local bed and breakfast using its patio for outdoor parties, which did not comply with local land use rules
  • A veteran seeking to uphold a trial court decision that a local school board failed to give him preference in an employment decision
  • A gas producer seeking to uphold summary judgment in its favor in a collection action against a gas buyer
  • A class of consumers challenging debt collection practices of a law firm

A law firm that understands the intricacies of appellate trial law

Our attorneys are up-to-date on the various appellate rules and court procedures and are skilled in developing arguments that address the purpose of the law, how it might be interpreted, and how it should be applied, as well as whether it has been applied correctly given the case at hand. Contact Harry F. Kunselman at or Gretchen E. Moore at to schedule an appointment and learn more about how Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky can help with your potential appeal.