Virginia Whitner Hoptman
Jack Coffey
Marc E. Miller


Appellate advocacy is a specialized practice that calls for talents and abilities different from those required of trial lawyers. Effective appellate advocates are skilled at making strategic decisions regarding which issues appellate judges will most likely care about and which arguments are most likely to resonate on appeal. This requires the appellate attorney to have the ability to think like an appellate judge and to assess objectively what transpired at the trial level. Appellate advocates must also integrate voluminous testimony and other evidence into a concise and comprehensible record.

Supreme Court ReportsThe Redmon, Peyton & Braswell appellate team brings this expertise to many courts, including state appellate courts in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, in addition to federal courts of appeals around the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Our appellate team is led by Virginia Whitner Hoptman, who served as law clerk to both Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court and Chief Judge Collins J. Seitz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Our appellate advocates have handled numerous merits and amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, as well as the Virginia Supreme Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Maryland Court of Appeals.

The Redmon appellate team appreciates that appeals have far-reaching consequences for future trial court decisions that may affect entire industries, advocacy groups, or legal communities. Our appellate advocates offer the skill and experience necessary to handle every matter professionally and efficiently. We handle appeals in which our trial lawyers were lead counsel, and we also handle appeals for clients that were represented by other firms at the trial level. Because of the specialized nature of this practice, we do not seek to displace the attorneys who have been involved in the matter at the trial level. Recognizing that trial counsel has extensive knowledge about the case and often brings specialized expertise in a particular area of law or industry, our appellate team works closely with trial counsel to ensure clients receive the best representation.

In addition to serving as lead counsel in appeals, our team will also review and revise appellate briefs prepared initially by other counsel and provide skilled advice on Supreme Court or appellate strategy in important cases.

For more information, please contact our Appellate Practice Chair, Virginia Whitner Hoptman.

Please Note: Results in a particular case depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not predict similar results in any future case. No attorney-client relationship is formed until you meet with us and agree to terms of the representation.