The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747


An appeal of your superior court or administrative proceeding decision may be necessary if you are not in agreement with the outcome. An appeal is an application to a higher court for review of a lower court decision. Generally, a litigant has 30 days to request review of that decision at the Appeals Court level. The Court of Appeals will issue an opinion that will reverse, remand, or uphold the lower court decision.

Hiring an attorney who understands and is knowledgeable in the appeal process is crucial. While the lower court concentrates on fact finding when reaching a decision, the Appeals Court focuses on the proper application of the law. There is no trial in the Appellate Court; decisions are made primarily on written arguments raised in legal briefs. Because of these differences, an appeal attorney must have a firm understanding of the law, the ability to efficiently research your legal issue, and most of all, write a solid, persuasive brief to the court.

At Burke Law Group, Cathy Helman is experienced in the appeals process and appellate brief writing. She has over 4 years of experience working as a judicial clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III, where she reviewed hundreds of appellate briefs and drafted over 150 legal research memos for the court. She knows how the appeals court works, and how to write a legal brief that will touch on all the points that are important and persuasive to the appellate court's judges. Cathy is the right person to contact to determine if an appeal is right for you.

Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Of Counsel, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning. On medical leave.

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce