Illinois State and Federal Appeals Lawyer

The Law Office of Douglas B. Harper represents people and businesses in appeals from judgments of state and federal courts located anywhere in Illinois. These appeals usually arise from judgments in business litigation, plaintiff's civil rights cases, plaintiff's employment cases, or innocent prisoner defense (meaning, an appeal from a criminal conviction, an adverse ruling in a criminal post-conviction petition, or a federal petition for writ of habeas corpus).

The appeal asks the appellate court to determine whether the lower court's judgment should be affirmed and allowed to stand, modified, or reversed. During the appeal, the appellate court does not consider new evidence. It renders its decision based on the record of the proceedings in the lower court.

This practice area involves appeals in the following courts:

  • The Illinois Appellate Courts
  • The Illinois Supreme Court
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • The Supreme Court of the United States

Mr. Harper handles criminal appeals for state and federal prisoners who were convicted anywhere in Illinois. For Illinois state convictions, the law office brings those appeals in the Illinois Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. For federal convictions, the law office brings those appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. For both state and federal convictions, Mr. Harper also handles petitions for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States where he maintains an active bar admission.

Internet Resources for Illinois Appeals

If you came to this website looking for information about appeals and appellate litigation, and you did not find what you were expecting, the following resources may be helpful.

This link to Illinois Appellate Court takes you to a State of Illinois website with contact information and other facts about the Illinois Appellate Courts.

This link to Illinois Supreme Court takes you a State of Illinois website containing contact information and other facts about the Illinois Supreme Court.

This link to The Seventh Circuit takes you to a website maintained by the United States government containing contact information and other facts about the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, located in Chicago, Illinois.

This link to The Supreme Court takes you to a United States government website with information and other facts about the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Contact Information

The Law Office of Douglas B. Harper 70 West Madison Street, Suite 1400 Chicago, Illinois 60602-4267 Consultation: (312) 214-7040 Direct: (312) 214-2454 Fax: (312) 212-4102

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