I have been successful in appellate practice, where most civil appeals are unsuccessful.
“[A]n appellant winning is the old journalistic definition of news: Man bites dog”. Mix v. Superior Court (Behniwal) (2004) 124 Cal.App.4th 987, 995.
Why? I am choosy about the cases I take up on appeal. I love to appeal, but only if I think I am going to win! I also consider the cost of an appeal, in attorney fees and expenses, against the amount to be gained by appellate victory. My success with appeals and writs can also be attributed to the fact that I am a good researcher and an even better writer – and appeals are usually won and lost on the briefs.
In California*, the general procedure for filing an appeal includes: