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An appeal is a process in which cases are reviewed when parties are not happy with the trial judge’s decision. You can appeal almost any trial court order; our firm’s main practice areas are family law, adoption appeals, termination of parental rights appeals and guardianship appeals.

The Speaker Law Firm’s main practice area is Family Law Appeals, but we also handle the following types of appeals:

  • Children's Law Appeals
  • Personal Injury Appeals
  • Probate Appeals

Can You Appeal?

How Your Appellate Attorney Can Help

The Speaker Law Firm’s practice primarily derives from referrals from other attorneys. The firm also accepts cases without a referral from trial counsel on a limited basis. Regardless of whether you are an attorney or a litigant, Speaker Law Firm is committed to providing high quality representation for all of your appellate needs.

Speaker Law Firm has appellate experience in a wide range of legal subjects. The following areas are a small sample of the types of appeals Speaker Law Firm has handled:

Family Law Appeals

Speaker Law Firm regularly represents families in domestic relations law appeals, including child custody, parenting time, change of domicile, grandparenting time, adoption, paternity, divorce, property division, child support and spousal support. Liisa has many published articles and presentations in the domestic relations arena. She has also obtained many favorable results for her clients including published victories in Rose v RoseRichards v RichardsGlaubius v Glaubius, Jackson v Pennington and Lieberman v Orr. She also has obtained many peremptory reversals of the Trial Court in custody matters. She also prepared an amicus brief in the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of the Family Law Section regarding fraudulent transfers in divorce in Estes v Titus.

Children's Law Appeals

Speaker Law Firm represents clients with issues related to child welfare law, particularly representing parents in termination of parental rights appeals and adjudication appeals. On multiple occasions the Firm has obtained the rare reversal in a termination of parental rights case in the Court of Appeals (In re Farris). The Speaker Law Firm has also prepared amicus briefs on behalf of the Children's Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan in two major Michigan Supreme Court Cases (In re Hudson Morgan) and in the United States Supreme Court (Camreta v Greene). Liisa prepared a Supreme Court amicus brief in In re Wangler-Paschke. Liisa has also presented and trained attorneys on child welfare appeals. Speaker Law Firm is particularly interested in constitutional issues in the child welfare arena.

Adoption Appeals

The Speaker Law Team has obtained multiple victories in the MI Supreme Court on adoption cases. And Liisa Speaker has probably worked on more adoption appeals than any other attorney in the State of Michigan. She obtained victories in the Supreme Court in In the Matter of Steven Zimmerman and In re MGR. The team has obtained the only opinion under the Safe Delivery of Newborns Act (Miller Minors). We understand the pressing nature of adoption appeals and have filed many emergency motions in adoption cases, and have also dealt with the interplay of the Adoption Code and the Paternity Act, guardianship, and third party custody.

Personal Injury Appeals

Speaker Law Firm has worked on numerous personal injury appeals, including automobile negligence, governmental immunity, premises liability, negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and legal malpractice. Included in briefing were substantive legal issues such as proximate cause, agency, duty and statutory construction (Augustine v Allstate). Speaker Law Firm represents amicus curiae in cases under the No-Fault Act for Michigan Association for Justice, Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (Hunter v Sisco); and Brain Injury Association of Michigan. 

Probate Appeals

Speaker Law Firm has represented clients in probate appeals at the Circuit Court, Court of Appeals (In re Conservatorship of Shirley Bittner), and the Michigan Supreme Court on issues such as intestate distribution, undue influence, trustee powers, surcharge, capacity and the duties of guardian ad litems. The Firm obtained a peremptory reversal from the Supreme Court on a trust appeal. Liisa has published multiple articles about probate appeals in the Probate and Estate Planning Journal.

If you are thinking about appealing, call our office and ask for Cody! And if possible, please have the following information ready:

  • Trial Court Order w/signed date
  • Case Number
  • Name of Trial Court Judge
  • County
  • Description of case issues