Members of Williams, Zinman & Parham P.C. have extensive experience briefing and arguing cases to appellate courts. Appeals do not involve new trials but rather written briefs regardings specific issues raised at the trial level. Unique writing and legal skills are necessary to handle appellate work in addition to trials.
Most appellate cases are decided by Memorandum Decisions which are not published and do not set precedent for future decisions to follow. But occasionally the Court will publish an Opinion in a case it considers to be of major public importance. These decisions set precedent and will be followed in future cases in which issues are similar.
Two kinds of participation in appellate cases exist. In the first, the firm represents a party to the litigation who is going to be directly affected and bound by the decision.
In the second, the firm represents an organization which is not a direct party but which has an indirect stake in the outcome since it or its members may have similar issues come up in the future that may be decided by the outcome of the case on appeal. In such a situation the indirectly affected organization will engage the firm to file an “amicus brief” (a “brief amicus curiae” or a friend of the court brief) to help the Court understand the wider ramifications of its decision and how it will impact parties not directly before the Court.
The attorneys in Williams, Zinman & Parham P.C. have filed a number of amicus briefs over the years on behalf of the Arizona Multihousing Association and Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona.
Our attorneys have also filed numerous appellate briefs on behalf of parties to litigation and have argued cases in the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court.
Here is a list of some of the cases that resulted in published Opinions where firm attorneys appeared as attorneys of record:
U.S. Supreme Court
Yee v Escondido, 503 U.S. 519 (1992) (amicus brief)
Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A., 544 U.S. 528 (2005) (amicus brief)
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Braunstein v. Arizona Department of Transportation, 683 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 2012)
Schurz v. Ryan, 730 F.3d 812 (9th Cir. 2013)
Arizona Supreme Court
Clark v. Munoz, 692 Ariz. Adv. Rpt. 43 (AZ Supreme Court 2014)
Kennedy v. Lodge I, 230 Ariz. 134, 281 P.3d 488 (2012)
Kennedy v. Lodge II, 230 Ariz. 548, 288 P.3d 108 (2012)
Moreno v. Jones, 213 Ariz. 94, 139 P.3d 612 (2006)
Powers v. Carpenter, 203 Ariz. 116, 51 P.3d 338 (2002)
State v. Cropper, 223 Ariz. 522, 225 P.3d 579 (2010)
State v. Freeney, 223 Ariz. 110, 219 P.3d 1039 (2009)
State v. Prince, 226 Ariz. 516, 250 P.3d 1145 (2011)
Arizona Court of Appeals
Ariz. Farm Bureau Federation v. Brewer, 226 Ariz. 16, 243 P.3d 619 (App.2010)
Northern Arizona Properties v. Pinetop Properties Group, 151 Ariz. 9, 725 P.2d 501 (App. 1986)
Guertin v. Dixon, 177 Ariz. 40, 864 P.2d 1072 (App. 1993) (amicus brief)
Cactus Wren Partners v. Arizona Department of Building & Fire Safety, 177 Ariz. 559, 869 P.2d 1212 (App. 1993)
Levitan v. Arizona Registrar of Contractors, 201 Ariz. 225, 33 P.3d 796 (App. 2001) (amicus brief)
Stagecoach Trails MHC, LLC v. City of Benson, 232 Ariz. 562, 307 P.3d 989, (App. 2013) (amicus brief)
State v. Martinez, 221 Ariz. 383, 212 P.3d 75 (App. 2009)
State v. Palmer, 219 Ariz. 451, 199 P.3d 706 (App. 2008)
State v. Starr, 222 Ariz. 65, 213 P.3d 214 (App. 2009)