An adverse decision by a local government, administrative agency, or trial court does necessarily mean the end of a case or the death knell for a development proposal or environmental permit. Some local governments provide administrative appeal processes that must be satisfied before a case may be submitted to a court for judicial review. Once a case is before a reviewing court, appellate rules and procedures apply that are very different from those at the administrative and trial court levels.

For those who have suffered an adverse decision or are subject to an appeal brought by an opposing party, it is advisable to seek legal representation by an attorney experienced in navigating the appellate rules and procedures. Pamela Jo Hatley is experienced in handling appeals in a variety of land use, environmental, and real estate matters.