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Board Certified Florida Appellate Attorney

Partner Robert Hauser is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice. Rob consults both with clients and referring lawyers about handling potential appeals in state or federal courts, including family law cases, civil tort cases, bankruptcy cases, other areas of law, and, of course, probate and business matters.

Any trial lawyer should be thinking about a possible appeal before a Notice of Appeal has been filed. Attempting to anticipate possible appellate issues begins before and during trial. Rob’s input often begins at the trial level, in an attempt to evaluate and anticipate appeals, to brief those matters, and to preserve appellate rights to raise issues that may be outcome-determinative in a later appeal. Rob frequently briefs and argues complex or dispositive issues at the trial court level, especially if such issues are likely to be the subject of an appeal.

At the appellate level, in both state and federal courts, Rob can advise on the timing and content of initial briefs, reply briefs and responses, whether motions are advisable or not, how to recover attorneys’ fees, and the consideration of filing a cross-appeal.

Rob is heavily involved in the Florida Bar and professional organizations to improve the quality of the Florida legal system. On November 3, 2011, the Florida Supreme Court issued amendments to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with an effective date of January 1, 2012. These rules had an immediate impact on probate appeals. Rob was active on the Bar committee which evaluated the changes and which made recommendations to the Court. For 2014-15, Rob will chair The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Certification Committee, which is charged with screening applicants for certification or recertification in appellate practice. The Committee also administers and grades the Bar’s appellate practice certification exam. Rob is a member of the Fourth DCA 50th Anniversary Committee, Inc., where he is chairing the effort to raise funds and find sponsors to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, located in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has also been an active member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee, including past service as chair. Rob is a member of the Appellate Practice Sections of The Florida Bar and the Florida Justice Association. When not in trial or preparing an appeal, he also lectures and writes on interesting issues relating to appellate practice and litigation in general.

Rob is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been voted a “Super Lawyer.” Rob’s AV Preeminent rating means that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence based upon Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, including creativity, Judgment and Communication. For more on Rob’s background and involvement with the Florida Bar and his appellate work, please see his biography on this site.

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