Appellate Law (Labor)

Success in the trial courts is often only half the battle -- and sometimes courts make mistakes.  Whether defending a victory or challenging errors, Payne & Fears LLP attorneys have the extensive experience in both state and federal appellate courts that clients need. 

Our attorneys are skilled both in taking a case from trial court through the appeals process and in stepping in to assist after an unfavorable trial court decision.  In fact, Payne & Fears LLP believes the best time to lay the groundwork for an appeal or make it unnecessary is before the trial courts lose jurisdiction. To that end, we welcome working with other trial counsel to identify and craft an effective approach to likely appellate issues at any stage of litigation. 

Working in partnership with our clients, our attorneys provide the necessary legal and practical advice that clients need before making the decision to commit additional resources to appeal a decision.  Once the choice is made to appeal a decision, our attorneys then have the skills, knowledge and experience to provide high caliber representation and argument before the appellate courts.

Payne & Fears LLP lawyers have obtained many successful appellate results, including published opinions, such as: 

  • Esparza v. Safeway, Inc., 36 Cal.App.5th 42 (2019)
  • In re: Howmedica Osteonics Corp, 867 F.3d 390 (2017)
  • Jefferson v. The Boeing Company, 675 Fed.Appx. 672 (2017) 
  • Adrid v. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, 2016 WL 236111 (2016)
  • Otto v. Employee Retirement Income Plan, 667 Fed.Appx. 660 (2016)
  • Jackson v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 2015 WL 799529 (2015)
  • Eakins v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 2015 WL 758286 (2015)
  • Elias v. Superior Court, 2015 WL 1455910 (2015)
  • Sandoval v. Medway Plastics Corporation, 2014 WL 7185045 (2014) 
  • Silver v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 571 Fed.Appx. 577 (2014)
  • Massoud v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 2014 WL 2158092 (2014)
  • White v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 2014 WL 899070 (2014)
  • Sequoia Education, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2013 WL 5615596 (2013)
  • Life Technologies Corp. v. Superior Court, 130 Cal.Rptr.3d 80 (2011)
  • Iglesia Evangelica Latina, Inc. v. S.P.L.A.D., 173 Cal. App. 4th 420 (2009)
  • Surrey v. True Beginnings LLC, 168 Cal.App.4th 414 (2008)
  • Cohn v. Corinthian Colleges, 169 Cal.App.4th 523 (2008)
  • Fisher Tool Co., Inc. v. Gillet Outillage, 530 F.3d 1063 (9th Cir. 2008)
  • Greystone Homes, Inc. v. Midtec, Inc., 168 Cal.App.4th 1194 (2008)