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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.


Even though we are appellate lawyers, we also work in the federal and state trial courts, laying the foundation for an appeal before a notice of appeal is filed. We consult with trial lawyers with an eye toward preserving important legal issues for appeal. We draft critical pre-trial motions, like motions for summary judgment and motions in limine, in an effort to secure a victory in the trial court before a verdict is returned. And if an adverse verdict is returned, we often draft important post-trial motions to obtain any possible relief from the trial judge.

High-stakes cases sometimes demand a watchful appellate eye during the trial itself. We work alongside trial counsel to ensure that any important issues that arise during trial are properly framed and preserved for appeal. We draft important motions during trial. We prepare jury verdict forms and jury instructions, which often provide a fertile ground for successful appellate issues. We also provide behind-the-scenes legal research for trial lawyers, who are frequently too busy to devote the time and resources necessary to research important legal issues that may arise during trial.

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about how your case can be won on appeal.

Contact Karen M. Bray or H. Thomas Watson for more information about our Trial Consultation practice. 

Washington 111, LTD v. Kelsey

Trial court grants motion for new trial in breach of lease case, finding insufficient evidence to support verdict that invalidated lease based on mutual mistake of fact.

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Franklin v. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Horvitz & Levy successfully defends summary judgment for hospital in medical malpractice action on actual and ostensible agency grounds.

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Nikmanesh v. Walmart

Federal district court reduces $27.3 million punitive damages award to $800,400 and denies plaintiff attorney fees.

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Yahoo!, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA

Ninth Circuit rejects insured’s argument for contract damages exceeding the benefit of the insurance bargain

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Reynoso/Lozano v. AWI Management

Court of Appeal affirms order dismissing wrongful death/personal injury action

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Putt v. Ford Motor Co.

Court of Appeal reverses multimillion dollar jury verdict finding Ford 100% at fault in an asbestos case

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Jack v. DCo, LLC

Ninth Circuit holds Ford did not cause decedent’s death by failing to supply a post-sale warning about asbestos

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Jarecki v. Zitter

Trial court grants post-trial relief in nuisance and trespass case, slashing damages by more than 70 percent

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Hernandez v. First Student, Inc.

California Court of Appeal affirmed judgment allocating eighty percent of fault to the plaintiff who darted into the street on his bicycle

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