JIM P. MAHACEK, Certified Appellate Specialist

About the Attorney
Attorney's Appellate Credentials
Contact Information
What is a Certified Specialist?
Why shouldn't I use my trial attorney?
Trial Court vs. Appellate Court; the Difference
How does the appellate process work?
How long does an appeal take?
What does an Appeal Cost?
What the Certified Specialist can do for you
Appellate Terminology

Certified Appellate Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California

Orange County Trial Lawyer Association's "Top Gun" Business Trial Attorney

Lt. Col. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Ret.) 3 Times Selected as California "Superlawyer" in Appellate Law in Independent Evaluation


Trial is over. If you won, now you need to defend your hard won victory when the other party tries to have the trial judge reverse your success or files an appeal. If you lost, now you need to look for legal options to over turn the verdict or appeal.

The appellate process is very different from the trial process. It requires both a different mind set and a different skill set. It is time for an appellate specialist. After all, would you ask a brain surgeon to operate on your heart? Both brain surgeons and heart surgeons have medical licenses but both have their specific areas of expertise. Don't lose your case by choosing the wrong expert.

 Services include:

  • Advising/representing clients in summary judgment motions
  • Advising/representing clients in post trial motions
  • Providing second opinions on appellate issues
  • Prosecuting/defending Extraordinary Petitions
  • Full service appellate litigation in Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court; both California and Federal jurisdictions

Member: California State Bar; California State Bar Committee on the Appellate Courts (2004-2006); Orange County Bar Association; Appellate Section of the OCBA; Orange County Trial Lawyers Association