Appellate Law

If you think your case was wrongly decided, contact the experienced appellate attorneys at Demorest Law Firm for a free consultation. We have decades of experience arguing and winning appeals of wrongly-decided state and federal court decisions. We also handle administrative appeals, such as appeals from zoning decisions.

Appeals are unlike trial cases. They have their own set of rules and deadlines. One wrong move and you could lose your chance at correcting an error in the lower court’s decision forever. Don’t risk it.

We have a long history of winning. Check out some of our results below:


Merkur Steel Supply, Inc. v City of Detroit, 261 Mich App 116, 680 NW2d 485 (2004)

The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a $6.8 Million jury verdict on behalf of our client, a tenant of industrial property in an inverse condemnation case.  This unanimous, published case set precedent in the area of inverse condemnation law, and has been frequently cited in subsequent appellate decisions.


Steel Associates, Inc. v City of Detroit, 2005 Mich App LEXIS 2553 (2005)

The Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court affirmed a $4 Million jury verdict on behalf of our client, a tenant of industrial property, in an inverse condemnation case.


Bunting v GL & Associates, 2004 Mich App Lexis 3196 (2004)

Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed $226,000 verdict in favor of our clients, homeowners who were defrauded by real estate salesperson.


Gallagher v. Kaper Properties Inc. and Kathleen Persha, State of Michigan Court of Appeals No. 325471 (2016)

In June 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in our clients’ favor in a precedent-setting published opinion. The Court found that if a party has a judgment against a business entity, the party can bring a subsequent separate lawsuit against a shareholder or officer of that company to pierce the corporate veil. See our blog post for more details.


Jay S. Turner v. J&J Slavik, Inc., State of Michigan Court of Appeals No. 313936 (2014)

Our successful representation of an employee-shareholder in this case resulted in the Michigan Court of Appeals reversing the trial court’s decision. In doing so, the Court of Appeals found that our client still held the same ownership interest in the corporation now that he owned prior to his termination in 1992, where the corporation failed to follow its own stock redemption process. See our blog post for more details.


Charter School Administration Services, Inc and Michigan Education Association/NEA, Petitioner Case 7–RC–23108 (2008)

In a precedent-setting decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decided that it has jurisdiction over a private company that manages charter schools. Based on our clients’ appeal, the NLRB overruled the contrary decisions of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission and the NLRB’s Regional Director.


Ahearn v Charter Township of Bloomfield, 100 F.3d 451 (6th Cir. 1996)

In this case, we successfully argued on behalf of our clients, a group of Bloomfield Township residents, that the trial court has erroneously removed their case to federal court. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and remanded the case to state court, our client’s preferred venue for their claims against the Township.


Inland Waters Pollution Control v National Union Fire Insurance Company, 997 F.2d 172 (1993)

U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of our client on interpretation of insurance policy coverage for pollution.