“The odds are against you in appellate court. That’s what makes these wins so satisfying.”
J. Scott Key
As one of the most accomplished appellate lawyers in the state of Georgia, Scott offers specialized expertise in winning high-stakes appeals. His arguments have overturned murder verdicts, reshaped state constitutional law, and saved clients’ lives.
Notable Appeals Victories:
Elliott vs. State
Scott argued that penalizing someone for exercising a constitutional right—such as refusing a drug test—was unconstitutional. The appeals court unanimously agreed, striking down part of Georgia’s Implied Consent statute.
Neuman vs. State
Arguing that the original court had erred in admitting evidence that was protected by attorney-client privilege, Scott persuaded the appeals court to reverse a murder conviction.
Ellington vs. State
As Amicus counsel, Scott argued successfully for a death sentence to be overturned on appeal.
JDP vs. SDP
Scott safeguarded a high-profile divorce ruling, arguing convincingly that property had been fairly distributed in the original verdict.
State vs. D.H.
Scott persuaded the Superior Court of Fayette County to re-sentence an overly-harsh judgment for arson in the 3rd degree.
Darst vs. State
Scott convinced the courts to overturn a 60-year sentence on appeal and redefine the standard of care with regard to expert witnesses.
Scott’s argument reversed a major punitive judgment award in a contract dispute.
When the trial concludes and the judge hands down a decision, the process isn’t always over. Either you or your opponent may challenge the verdict before the court of appeals.
Scott has extensive experience building cases that will stand up against any and all opposition. If you received a favorable trial verdict and your opponent appeals it, Scott will defend your ruling against even the most formidable challenges.
And if the verdict didn’t go your way, Scott will continue the fight. He has pursued unfavorable rulings all the way to the US Supreme Court and achieved stunning victories in cases most believed to be unwinnable.
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Scott considers it an honor to assist his fellow attorneys in their important work.
He regularly consults with attorneys involved in complex trial cases where an appeal is anticipated, as well as those who’ve lost a case and plan to appeal.
He routinely operates as embedded appellate counsel, where his work includes:
- Assisting in voir dire examinations of witnesses and jurors
- Drafting pre-trial motions and points for oral arguments
- Preparing precise language to stand up in appeal
- Arguing powerfully and persuasively before appellate courts
- Handling all aspects of the appeals process
Scott’s aim is always to help you shine, lift the burden so you can focus on your legal strengths, and work with you to achieve the best result for your client.
Contact us today to find out how Scott may be of help in your next case.
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