I am attorney Greg May, and I am the blogger at The California Blog of Appeal. My solo practice is located in Oxnard, California, about an hour and a half up the coast from Los Angeles.
You can reach me via e-mail at email@example.com or at:
The Law Office of Greg May
2741 Victoria Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93035
My practice concentrates on the prosecution and defense of appeals, writs and post trial motions in state and federal courts in California.
I opened my practice in 2005 with more than a decade of experience litigating high-stakes business cases involving matters such as fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and other business torts. Instead of limiting my appellate and post-trial practice to a particular legal field, I consider appellate and post-trial practice itself as a legal niche. Thus, my practice trades in the skills required to sway judges – incisive analysis and strategic planning, persuasive legal writing and articulate oral advocacy, all backed up by meticulous research – and I apply these skills to the substantive area of law presented in each case – be it family law, employment, tort, or business litigation.
WHY I AM AN APPELLATE LAWYER:
The easy and short answer is that “we’re all good at something,” and for me, that something is the trio of research, writing, and oral advocacy.
In law school, I imagined myself as a courtroom wizard, but came to love the library “stacks” early in my career. No matter how much experience I gained at depositions, court appearances, fighting with opposing counsel outside of court, witness preparation, and all the rest that goes with litigation, my principal joy has been research and writing. I enjoy my work, I’m proud of it, and I get to defend it at every oral argument.
Hence, the focus areas for this blog:
(1) substantive legal developments in the California Courts of Appeal, California Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals;
(2) Procedural law relating to the prosecution of appeals, writ petitions, and post-trial motions in state and federal courts in California;and
(3) practical skills essential to appellate practice.
Naturally, these may change over time as I gain more blogging experience and get a better idea of how much and what kind of content works best.