Paul Croushore, JD, LLM
Master of Laws - Attorney at Law
Appellate litigation is very different from trial court work. Though an appellate advocate should be a competent trial attorney, not all trial attorneys should be appellate advocates.
Paul Croushore’s overall successful direct appeal reversal rate is 45%. In civil appeals, he has secured reversals in 41.7% of all cases in his career; he has won reversals in 44.4% of criminal appeals, and 100% in administrative appeals (as of 12/31/2016).
For comparison, nationally only 4.8% of federal civil appellate decisions were reversals in 2015. Similarly, 8.5% of federal criminal appellate decisions were reversals of the trial court final judgment that year. At the state level, 14.3% of civil appeals resulted in reversals by the court of appeals for Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio, in 2013 (45 of 313 total cases). In criminal cases in Cincinnati in 2013, the total reversal rate was 16.6% (79 of 475 total criminal cases).
Technical skill, while important, is not enough. There are many competent lawyers, but only a few who succeed in convincing appellate judges to make their trial court colleagues re-try or revise a case that has been decided. Very few are willing to discuss their success rates or publish all of their appellate decisions for your review. Please feel free to examine all of Paul’s cases on the tab marked “Direct Appeals.”
Paul is admitted in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as the federal and state trial courts of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. He is an Author for Moore’s Federal Practice, Chapters 208 – Complex Appeals and 207 – Practice in the Federal Circuit.