About my book, An Appeal to Reason

Thank you for your interest in my new book.  I am really excited about this book because it comes from my deeply felt commitment to help trial lawyers improve their chances of winning on appeal.

An Appeal to Reason: 204 Strategic Tools to Help You Win Your Appeal at Trial, is now in publication, with an anticipated publication date of mid-July 2011.  The book is a practical and short volume of tips, or as I call them, "strategic tools," written from an appellate lawyer's perspective, on how trial lawyers can protect their cases at the trial level in the event of an appeal.  This book is an accumulation of knowledge that I have acquired through years of experience.  It will be of tremendous interest to every attorney who tries cases, and will be of great interest to law students and paralegals.

Just to give you a bit of background about me, you might be interested to know that I have over 30+ years experience in handling civil appeals and writs.  I have been an editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The Advocate, Plaintiff, The Gavel, and The Forum.  I am the author of Civil Litigation Series: California Summary Judgment and Related Termination Motions, which is currently published by The Rutter Group.  I also write a blog for trial attorneys, focusing on appellate issues, which can be found at  

This book is just the beginning and I welcome your feedback and suggestions.  


Donna Bader