Success on appeal requires a unique skill set. At trial, a lawyer may spend days (or weeks) explaining a divorce, custody case, property division or other family matter to the judge or a jury.
In an appeal, however, an effective appellate lawyer must be adept at constructing persuasive legal arguments in a written brief submitted to an appellate court. During oral argument before Texas courts of appeal or the Texas Supreme Court, a successful appellate lawyer also must be able to focus the issues, think on her feet, and answer a judge’s questions in a limited amount of time.
In addition to being an experienced trial lawyer, Sonya Coffman is a skilled legal writer and oral advocate. She has argued appeals in state and federal appellate courts in Texas and across the United States. Her recent reported cases include:
•In re R.C.K.; No. 09-16-00132-CV; 2016 WL 3197585 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, June 9, 2016) (mandamus issued in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client, a doctor, precluding the production of his medical records, pharmacy records, personnel records, and cell phone logs containing patient telephone numbers).
•In the Interest of D.F.L.; No. 09-15-00310-CV; 2016 WL 423620 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, Feb. 4, 2016, pet. denied) (mother appealed trial court’s order terminating parental rights to her daughter; judgment in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client (father) affirmed).
• Pekar v. Pekar; No. 09-14-00464-CV; 2016 WL 240761 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, January 21, 2016, no pet.) (husband appealed (i) trial court’s denial of his motion for new trial, and (ii) trial court amending the final decree of divorce without first notifying him it was considering the amendment; amended final decree of divorce and judgment in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client affirmed).
• In re Barnard; No. 09-13-00149-CV; 2013 WL 1790238 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, April 25, 2013, no pet.) (mother’s petition for mandamus in child custody case denied; temporary orders in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client remained in place).
• In re C.M.F., L.M.F. and C.G.F.; No. 09-11-00626-CV; 2013 WL 476757 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, February 07, 2013, review denied) (child support award in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client affirmed).
• In re J.E.; No. 09-09-00476-CV; 2010 WL 5232977 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, December 16, 2010, no pet.) (district court’s decision in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client in a child custody case affirmed).
• Treuil v. Treuil, 311 S.W.3d 114 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2010, no pet.) (district court’s decision in a property division matter reversed and rendered in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client).
Sonya Coffman stands ready to provide a wide range of post-trial and appellate services in family matters, including:
• Briefing and arguing emergency mandamus petitions to Texas courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court regarding rulings by a district court in divorce, custody, property division or other family matters.
• Briefing and arguing motions for new trial and other post-trial motions in divorce, custody, property division and other family matters.
• Briefing and arguing appeals in divorce, custody, property and other family matters in the Texas courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court.
• Preparing and arguing amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in support of significant appeals filed by others.
If you have a “bet the farm” family matter on appeal – whether protecting a district court ruling in your favor or reversing a district court ruling against you – trust your appeal to Sonya Coffman. Because . . . family matters.