Chicago Appellate Advocacy Lawyer

At the Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro, our skilled criminal defense attorney works zealously to safeguard your due process rights in both state and federal appeals. We are dedicated to providing you with high-caliber representation in all phases of litigation, including appeals to higher courts. Our firm draws on vast experience appealing adverse trial court rulings as well as successfully defending lower court victories. We do so by keeping abreast of litigation trends and ever-changing case law. 

We monitor every case we try in the lower courts for potential points of appeal. This is done to ensure that any errors against you are preserved for post-trial relief. We are also prepared to defend rulings in your favor. Many law firms do not handle appeals because of the major differences between standard criminal defense and appellate work. Our firm accepts appeal cases from other law offices in which we do a thorough review of the matter to determine the merits of your potential appeal case. 

Need to appeal or defend the result of your trial? Discuss it with our Chicago appellate advocacy attorney in a free consultation. Call (312) 376-0020 or contact us online



Appeals in Chicago, Cook County, Maywood & the South Suburbs

Appeals are not new trials but a review of the lower court’s ruling. Where legal errors have occurred, the appellate court may determine that the ruling was faulty and take various actions. These can include reversing the lower court’s decision which can lead to a new trial or remanding the case to the lower court for a re-trial or a new sentencing hearing.

Contact Us About Your Appeal

We have the legal knowledge needed to handle briefing and oral arguments before state and federal appellate courts throughout Illinois and will provide the advice and advocacy you need in all appellate actions. 


Appeals can be made on the basis of:

  • Insufficiency of evidence
  • Improper legal interpretation
  • Improperly-admitted testimony
  • Procedural errors
  • Faulty jury instructions
  • Expert admission

Not all lower trial court decisions can be appealed. However, we will undertake careful research of the facts in your case to advise you on the best course of action in an appeal. 

We handle a range of appellate actions, including:

  • Motions for a new trial and/or judgment notwithstanding the verdict (after conviction and prior to sentencing in the lower court)
  • Motions to vacate
  • Motions for Reconsideration (Sentence and Denial of Post-Trial Motions)
  • Appeal briefs (Direct Appeal to the Appellate Court and Appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court)
  • Petitions for Post-Conviction Relief
  • Appeals for denial of Issuance of Firearm Owners Identification Card

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