William K. “Chip” Bradford is an Alabama Appellate Lawyer with over 23 years of experience successfully handling appeals and post-conviction petitions for his clients in both state and federal courts. The end of the trial is not always the end of the case. Many time there are grounds for an appeal. Whether you are appealing the case or defending an appeal of the case, it is essential to have the assistance of an experienced Alabama appellate lawyer.
Over the past 23 years, Alabama appellate lawyer Chip Bradford has provided aggressive legal counsel in appeals on a wide variety of cases, including federal criminal and civil matters, state criminal cases, divorce and child custody matters, and general state court civil cases. His work as an appellate counsel has taken him into federal and county courthouses throughout the state.
Bradford Ladner, William Bradford, and Amber Ladner maintains a statewide Alabama appellate practice and will handle appeals from any Alabama county. Bradford also maintains a Federal Court appellate practice that accepts Federal appeals throughout the country. Bradford Ladner LLP has offices in Birmingham Alabama and in Mobile Alabama, so as to cover the entire state.
As an Alabama appellate lawyer, Bradford knows how important it is to have an in depth knowledge of the complex procedural rules for appeals. He has successfully taken many clients through the State and Federal courts of appeals in Alabama, and knows the rules and procedures of the Alabama appellate courts. Bradford combines this in depth legal knowledge with superior legal writing skills to maximize the presentation of your case to the court of appeals. Courtroom trials involve live testimony and the presentation of evidence to a jury firsthand. Appeals are not this way. Most appeals are decided based on a typed transcript of the trial and the written briefs of the parties. It takes an experienced appellate attorney to turn this cold black and white record on appeal into a compelling and accurate written argument. In an appeal, you will not be allowed to “re-try” your case. The appeal will be decided based on the trial court record, the transcript, and the legal arguments that your counsel will present in written appellate briefs. Because of this fact, the dynamic presentation of your case through written appellate briefs is essential. Bradford has written countless appellate motions and brief, as well as post-judgment and post-conviction petitions. These briefs and petitions have been presented in all appellate courts in this state.
Bradford’s experience goes beyond just being an Alabama appellate lawyer. He is an accomplished trial attorney who has handled numerous jury and non-jury trials. Because of his trial experience and his deep understanding of the law he is capable of assisting clients in many areas, including divorce, child custody, criminal matters, as well as civil and commercial cases. This understanding of trials and trial issues is essential in the well rounded Alabama appellate lawyer. Having experienced the inner workings of a trial itself will allow the appellate lawyer to best preserve issues and present those issues effectively to an appellate court.
Bradford is a twenty three year member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama State Bar Appellate Section, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Legal Writing Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and associate member of the American Society of Legal Writers, and a member of Clarity International. He is a past recipient of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Merit Award and President’s Award. He is a past Vice President of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Bradford is peer rated BV by Martindale-Hubble. Bradford was listed in B-Metro’s 2017 “Top Flight: lawyers.
His appellate law experience includes numerous oral arguments before the United States Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit, the Alabama Supreme Court and Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He has appeared as counsel in numerous state and federal appellate decisions, including:
United States Circuit Court – Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- Lindley v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 452 Fed. Appx. 878 (11th Cir. 2011)
- U..S. v. Mays, 424 Fed. Appx. 830 (11th Cir. 2011)
- U.S. v. McDavid, 368 Fed. Appx. 61 (11th Cir. 2010)
- U.S. v. Bryant, 334 Fed.Appx. 259, 2009 WL 1740072, (11th Cir. 2009)
- Moore v. Cullman County Com’n, 2006 WL 952276 (11th Cir.2006)
- U.S. v. Naves, 252 F.3d 1166 (11th Cir, 2001)
- U.S. v. Jones, 52 F.3d 924 (11th Cir. 1995)
Alabama Supreme Court
- Ex parte Melton, 69 So.2d 932 (Ala. 2011)
- Lloyd’s, London v. Southern Natural Gas Co., 939 So.2d 21 (Ala. 2004)
- Ex parte Gray, 898 So.2d 760 (Ala.2004)
- Ex parte Woodward, 859 So.2d 425 (Ala.2003)
- Ex parte Johnson, 820 So.2d 883 (Ala.2001)
- Sharpe v. AMF Bowling Centers, Inc., 756 So.2d 874 (Ala.2000)
- Delchamps, Inc. v. Bryant, 738 So.2d 824 (Ala. 1999)
- Ex parte Hagood, 777 So.2d 214 (Ala. 1999)
- Redman v. Federal Home Mortgage Corp., 765 So.2d 630 (Ala.1999)
- Hall v. American Indem. Group, 648 So.2d 556 (Ala. 1994)
Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
- Jones v. Hamilton, 53 So.3d 134 (Ala.Civ.App.2010)
- Abernant Fire Dept. v. Rhodes, 21 So.3d 739 (Ala.Civ.App. 2009)
- Smith v. Smith, 8 So.3d 1007 (Ala.Civ.App.2008)
- Kohler Co., Inc. v. Miller, 921 So.2d 436 (Ala.Civ.App.2005)
- Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Gray, 898 So.2d 753 (Ala.Civ.App.2004)
- United Defense, L.P. v. Willingham, 829 So.2d 771 (Ala.Civ.App.2002)
- Briner v. City of Midfield, 831 So.2d 53 (Ala.Civ.App.2002)
- Woods v. Trussville City Council, 795 So.2d 728 (Ala.Civ.App.2001)
- Patton v. Werner Co., 793 So.2d 817 (Ala.Civ.App.2001)
- Woods v. Trussville City Council, 795 So.2d 721 (Ala.Civ.App.2000)
- Clemons v. Clemons, 656 So.2d 831 (Ala.Civ.App. 1994)
- Allsup v. State ex rel. Salas, 648 So.2d 597 (Ala.Civ.App. 1994)
Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
- Hudson v. State, 85 So.3d 468 (Ala.Crim.App.2011)
- Melton v. State, 69 So.3d 916 (Ala.Crim.App.2010)
- Tucker v. State, 57 So.3d 793 (Ala.Crim.App. 2009)
- Bowles v. State, 784 So.2d 1077 (Ala.Crim.App.2000)
- Johnson v. State, 820 So.2d 842, (Ala.Crim.App.2000)
- Hagood v. State, 777 So.2d 221 (Ala.Crim.App.2000)
- Ward v. State, 701 So.2d 53 (Ala.Crim.App.1996)
- Jefferson v. State, 686 So.2d 1298 (Ala.Crim.App.1996)
If you are in need of counsel in any appellate matter, please contact William Bradford for appointment to discuss your particular situation.
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