Selecting the right appeal lawyer can be the key to prevailing on appeal. As you proceed in your selection, our Sacramento and Los Angeles appellate attorneys offer some suggestions and tips for your consideration: When your case is heard in trial court the judge or jury weighs the evidence presented, and assesses the credibility of witnesses. As the case reaches the appellate court, factual issues and witness credibility are usually no longer considered. With limited exception, the arguments that are made in the court of appeal must also have been addressed in the trial court. The appeal focuses primarily on the law and its correct interpretation and application. For this reason, an appeal must make a compelling case that the trial court made an error of law and that the law is on your side.