Appeals

John Fossum has significant experience in courts of appeal, he has appeared as sole counsel in the Minnesota Court of Appeals in several cases. He has written a brief as Amicus Curiae in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and written, and co-authored briefs, as Amicus Curiae for the Minnesota Supreme Court. He has twice  argued published cases as sole counsel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He has twice prepared Petitions for Writs of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

Whatever your issue, civil or criminal, Fossum Law Office and John L. Fossum stand ready to assist you in your appeal.  John Fossum is admitted to practice in the courts of Minnesota, U.S. District Court for Minnesota, the Eighth United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  If you have an issue you wish to appeal in a criminal defense, or  civil case, contact Fossum Law Office today to discuss your options. Fossum Law Office, LLC has offices in Northfield and Bloomington and regularly represents clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hastings, Shakopee, Faribault, Waseca, Owatonna, and elsewhere in the Twin Cities and Southeastern Minnesota.

Appeals are generally handled on flat fee basis and you can know what the cost of the appeal will be in advance.  Below is a sampling of the cases handled on appeal:

Reported Cases:

United States v. Garcia and Maldonado, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit,  2011. Sole Counsel for Defendant, issue was sufficiency of the evidence.

State of Minnesota v. Randolph, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2011.  Co-Author of brief for the Criminal Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.  Intervenors were Rice County and the Board of Public Defense, question presented was who is obligated to pay for counsel for indigent misdemeanants on appeal.

United States v. Lemon, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2010. Sole Counsel for the defendant, issue was validity of the search warrant.

Matter of the Welfare of the child of S.L.J. Minnesota Supreme Court, May 2010, and Minnesota Court of Appeals 2009, wrote the Amicus Curiae brief for the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on behalf of the right to counsel. Decision in favor of the party supported at the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Matter of the Welfare of B.A.B. Truancy case,sufficiency of the evidence.

Unpublished cases:

State v. Quinnell, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2000.  Successfully defended a downward departure on a presumptive prison sentence, client did not go to prison.

McCarty v. Commissioner Minnesota Court of Appeals 2004.  Implied Consent, validity of the stop.

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