Litigation Double Play: Winning on Appeal and How to Know if Your Litigator is Failing You

Peter AfrasiabiChris Arledge
February 23, 2023


In this installment of our Double Play series, our two, thirty-minute programs cover winning on appeal and how to know if your litigator is failing you. Whether you’ve won or lost in the trial court, pivoting successfully from trial court to appellate litigator can make the difference between losing and winning your appeal. This program guides you through the strategic decisions you need to make and the practical steps you need to follow to brief, argue and win your next appeal. Just because very few cases end up going to trial doesn't mean you don't need to prepare for trial in every case. Successfully defending claims in litigation requires your company to tell a compelling story to the judge and jury, and trial lawyers are highly skilled at developing and telling those stories. This program provides valuable insights and advice for in-house counsel selecting outside litigators and managing litigation from commencement through to settlement or trial.


Peter Afrasiabi, Partner, One LLP, Newport Beach, CA

Chris Arledge, Partner, One LLP, Newport Beach, CA

From his battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to protecting artists and inventors, Variety Magazine has named Peter a Top Intellectual Property and Entertainment lawyer. A legal commentator on NBC, CBS, the Wall Street Journal and on national radio programs, Peter is also a Faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and a recognized “Super Lawyer.” His recent book Burning Bridges has been an Amazon Top Seller and has received widespread acclaim for its account of the serial trials against labor leader Harry Bridges. Peter has particular expertise in appellate litigation. He is Director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of California Irvine, School of Law and previously founded the Appellate Litigation Clinic at Chapman University School of Law. He has litigated scores of high-profile federal appeals before the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, personally arguing over two dozen with a high success rate. Peter regularly provides CLE on appellate and intellectual property law to various bar groups, Westlaw and other video providers, and his “Winning on Appeal” CLE has received national acclaim from lawyers.

Chris is a trial lawyer specializing in complex business disputes, particularly intellectual property matters. Chris has multi-million dollar verdicts in trade secret, patent, trademark, and breach-of-contract cases. He also has successfully defended clients in jury trials in trade dress, defamation, trade secret, and contract disputes. Chris’s trial work has won plaudits from judges on his cases, with one long-time federal judge declaring after a recent jury trial that “[i]n 40 years, that was one of the best closing arguments I have ever seen.” Likewise, after a defamation trial in state court, the experienced judge and former prosecutor said Chris’s cross-examination of the plaintiff “was the most riveting examination I have ever seen in any trial.” Chris is a frequent faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and he has given his popular presentations on persuasion to many of the largest, most-prestigious law firms in the country, including O’Melveny, Jones Day, Munger Tolles, and others. Chris handles litigation matters from their inception. But he also frequently substitutes in to cases shortly before trial to serve as lead trial counsel.

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