Appeals and Briefs

Michael Skotnicki has twenty years of experience as a litigator and appellate lawyer.  He worked as a law clerk and then staff attorney at the Alabama Supreme Court for five years, helping the Justices he worked for decide appeals and other matters.  After writing nearly 80 opinions for those Justices that were published by the Court, so he knows what it takes to write a brief that can win on appeal.  He personally handles every project, so contact him by email to schedule a telephone conference or to request more information.

Michael Skotnicki


Legal Experience:

  • 2012 - Present, Sole Proprietor of Appeals and Briefs by Michael Skotnicki, Esq., Birmingham, AL
  • 2001-2011, Of Cousel and Chair of Appellate Practice Group, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC, Birmingham, AL
  • 1998-2001, Associate, Ritchie & Rediker, LLC, Birmingham, AL
  • 1994-1998, Staff Attorney for Alabama Supreme Court Justices Henry B. Steagall (1994), Terry L. Butts (1995-1998), and Champ Lyons, Jr. (1998), Montgomery, AL
  • 1993 - 1994, Law Clerk for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sonny Hornsby, Montgomery, AL

Martindale-Hubbell Rating:

  • Michael Skotnicki has an AV preeminent (5.0/5.0) rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.


  • Juris Doctor (magna cum laude),  Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.
  • Master of Science in Geology,  Auburn University.
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology,  Auburn University.


  • Licensed as an Attorney in Alabama.
  • Admitted to practice in all Alabama state courts, the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Recent Publications: 

  • No Arbitration Agreement with the Plaintiff?  No Problem: Making a Dispute Arbitrable by Use of the Equitable Estoppel Doctrine (Doctrine of Intertwining), The Alabama Lawyer (2013).
  • A Primer on Alabama's "Open Records Act," Alabama Association for Justice Journal (2011).
  • Five Tips for Handling an Appeal in the Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama Association for Justice Journal, (2009).
  • How to Keep a Non-resident Defendant in the Case: A Primer on "Conspiracy-Based Jurisidiction," Alabama Association for Justice Journal, (2007).


While we hope that angels help guide the decisions of Lady Justice, an experienced appellate lawyer is something you know you can rely on.