Jeffrey I. Ehrlich, Certified Appellate Specialist
Civil Appeals Attorney
What is an appeal?
In general terms, an “appeal” is a request for a court to review the decision of an inferior tribunal – either a lower court or an administrative agency – to determine whether the decision is properly supported by evidence and consistent with the law.
The bulk of our practice consists of handling cases in the appellate courts – usually the California Court of Appeal or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. For most appeals we are hired by the trial lawyer who handled the case in the trial court. Trial lawyers turn to us because of our experience with the appellate process and our expertise in appellate advocacy.
What is a certified appellate specialist?
Jeffrey I. Ehrlich is certified as appellate specialist by the State Bar of California’s Committee on Legal Specialization. In California, only lawyers who receive this certification can call themselves “appellate specialists.” In order to be eligible for certification, a lawyer must have handled a minimum number of appellate matters, must devote at least half his or her practice to appellate work, and must pass a one-day examination. Mr. Ehrlich was among the first attorneys in California certified as an appellate specialist. As of January 2015, there were only 282 certified appellate specialists in California, out of more than 170,000 California lawyers.
Why hire The Ehrlich Law Firm?
Mr. Ehrlich has briefed and argued hundreds of appeals, in the following courts: The U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th Circuits; the California Supreme Court; the Virginia Supreme Court; the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Louisiana Court of Appeals, and the California Court of Appeal. In California, Mr. Ehrlich has handled appeals in the appellate courts sitting in San Francisco (First District), Los Angeles (Second District), Sacramento (Third District) San Diego (Fourth District, Div. 1), Riverside (Fourth District, Div. 2), Santa Ana (Fourth District, Div. 3), Ventura (Second District, Div. 6),,, and Fresno (Fifth District) – in sum, every appellate court in the State except for the Sixth District, which sits in San Jose.
Both the California and the federal appellate system dispose of the vast bulk of their civil appeals in unpublished decisions. Fewer than 25% of all appeals decided are decided by published decisions that have precedential value. Mr. Ehrlich has over 55 published appellate decisions in the state and federal courts. Very few appellate lawyers in California have comparable experience with civil appeals.
News related to federal appeals
- Jeffrey I. Ehrlich retained as co-counsel in $10 million wrongful-death/products liability appeal
- Jeffrey I. Ehrlich obtains remand of bad-faith action removed from state court to federal court
- Jeffrey I. Ehrlich wins reversal in Ninth Circuit of summary judgment against paralyzed shipyard worker
- Ehrlich Law Firm wins affirmance of $15 million verdict
- Ehrlich Law Firm retained to defend $15 million judgment on appeal