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Federal Appeals in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas address – by appointment only:
5940 S. Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Linda Julin McNamara
Attorney Linda Julin McNamara
Federal Appeals Team Lead
Former Deputy Chief, Appellate Division
Elizabeth Stepp
Attorney Elizabeth K. Stepp
Federal Appeals Team Lead
Partner & Yale Graduate
Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Federal Appeals Team Lead
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In an ideal world, defendants should have a fair legal trial. However, criminal cases can get complicated fast, especially when they are based on federal charges. Many cases end in a good plea deal that effectively lowers charges and reduces penalties.

But, if you went to trial it is possible for the federal courts to mishandle your trial and make legal errors. If this has happened to you, do not wait to contact a federal criminal appeals lawyer. Appeals trials require the right knowledge and legal experience. Our team of lawyers at the national defense firm Oberheiden P.C. can protect your rights and advocate on your behalf while you make an appeal.

The Federal Criminal Justice System in Las Vegas, Nevada

Defendants that are charged with a federal crime in Las Vegas, Nevada, should expect a lengthy legal battle. This can be attributed to the nature of federal crimes. These types of offenses are taken much more seriously and require more steps and procedures. In addition, the legal penalties for federal crimes in Las Vegas can be much more severe than state charges.

This is why you should obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Your criminal case could begin before you even notice. Federal agents could spend years investigating you and gathering information. When they have sufficient evidence they will present it to a grand jury, who will take a vote. If they decide there is probable cause you will be arrested and charged.

During the pretrial process, you will hear your charges formally and evidence will be gathered. You can start to negotiate with the prosecutors at this point. Many criminal cases end in a plea bargain. If you do not plead guilty, your trial will be held in a U.S. district court. Criminal cases charged in Las Vegas, Nevada, go to the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

There are two courthouses located in this court district. If you were charged with a crime in Las Vegas, you will likely be sent to the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse at 333 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89101. For defendants that wish to appeal their criminal conviction, your case will be sent to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit is considered to be the largest of the circuit courts in the country.

It proceeds over a whopping thirteen district courts and two territorial courts. In short, this court’s jurisdiction includes the entire west coast along with a few other territories. Unfortunately, there are no Circuit Court locations in Nevada. When you make an appeal to the Ninth Circuit you could be sent to one of these four locations:

  1. James R. Browning Courthouse (95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103)
  2. Richard H. Chambers Courthouse (125 South Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105)
  3. Pioneer Courthouse (700 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204)
  4. William K. Nakamura Courthouse (1051 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104)

The Ninth Circuit is one of the most liberal circuit courts in the country. This means that defendants have a better chance of winning their appeal in this location. However, convictions are challenging to reverse. Of course, our team will do everything we can to challenge the verdict of your criminal trial. Still, if your appeal does fail, you can petition for the Supreme Court of the United States to hear it. Only a few appeals cases are accepted by Supreme Court, but if you require this step in the legal process we will prepare your appeals brief and defend your rights.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

What to Expect During Your Appeal in Las Vegas, Nevada

The appeals process in Las Vegas, Nevada, will differ significantly from your criminal trial. In this legal situation, you will not be going back for a retrial. Instead, you and your legal team must present grounds for an appeal. For example:

  • A legal error was made during your trial
  • Your jury was biased
  • There was not enough evidence to convict you
  • The law has changed since you were sentenced
  • Evidence was unlawfully obtained or wrongfully presented

Appeals are not simply made because you do not like the outcome of your trial. Instead, you have to show that there was a mistake made during your trial. If you want to appeal the district court’s ruling, you have to file a Notice of Appeal in the district court within 14 days. Then your defense team will focus on creating a brief for the Circuit Court that explains what legal errors occurred during your trial.

A panel of Circuit Court judges will go over your brief and the record of the case submitted by the district court. Your attorney may or may not have to do an oral argument, but in most cases, judges base their decision on the brief. They will issue an opinion outlining their legal ruling, which can state that:

  • Your conviction is reaffirmed
  • A new trial is to be held
  • You are re-sentenced to a different term
  • Your conviction is reversed and new legal instructions are to be followed

Regardless of the outcome of your appeal, our legal team will help you decide on your next steps. We will advise you on the best options for your case and ensure you are properly represented and protected in court.

Types of Criminal Cases That Oberheiden P.C. Handles

Oberheiden P.C. has vast experience in federal courts and appellate courts across the country. Our team of highly qualified criminal appeals lawyers can help you with a wide range of criminal cases:

  • Tax evasion
  • Securities fraud
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Public corruption offenses
  • Money laundering
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Drug crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Bribery
  • Import/Export Violations

Our senior legal team can assist you with these areas of criminal law and many other types of federal charges. Whether you need legal representation in federal criminal court or a mistake was made during your trial, contact the lawyers at Oberheiden P.C., as we are prepared to represent you in federal court and throughout the appeals process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Appeals and Oberheiden P.C.

When Should You File Your Federal Appeal in Las Vegas?


If you plan on filing a federal appeal, we recommend doing this as soon as possible. There is a specific deadline that must be met. Any criminal defendant that plans on exercising their right to appeal must follow Rule 4(b)(1)(A) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP). This means you need to send in a notice of appeal within 14 days of your initial sentencing. If you file your notice of appeal after 14 days you might not get the chance to appeal your case at all.

Thankfully, our law firm can help you file your appeal in a timely manner. Contact us if you need new legal representation for your appeal. If you have been working with us through your criminal trial, we help you through this next step in the legal process.

What Can You Do If Your Appeal Fails?


Getting the district court’s ruling against you overturned on your appeal can be difficult. Still, if your appeals case does not turn out the way you expected it to, our federal appeals lawyers will take you through the next steps of the appeals process. You can request that the appeals court rehear your case.

This is also known as panel rehearing. Under FRAP Rule 40, your rehearing must be requested within 14 days of the decision for your first appeal. You might be denied your request if you do not have compelling evidence that shows the judging panel that your case is worth examining. If you still believe that your case should be reevaluated, you can submit your appeal to the Supreme Court. Very few appeals cases are taken by the Supreme Court. This is usually considered the last option for our clients.

Why Should You Contact Oberheiden P.C. to Handle Your Appeal?


The appeals process can be a real challenge, as many appeals result in affirmation of your initial trial judgment. However, having our legal team backing you can substantially improve the odds of a successful outcome in your appeal.

Oberheiden P.C. is dedicated to defending our client’s rights and will help you receive the justice you deserve if your trial was not properly conducted. Our senior lawyers have extensive experience in federal criminal court and appellate court. Other legal consultants on our team have also worked as federal agents in the Justice Department. In other words, we deeply understand the appellate courts in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Ninth Circuit and can help you reach your legal goals.

Why Does Our Law Firm Not Call Itself The Top Criminal Appeals Law Firm?


Oberheiden P.C. has worked with clients all across the country to produce successful legal outcomes. However, we prefer to leave it up to our clients to call us one of the best law firms. Personally, we think hearing positive testimonials from our clients will give you a better idea of our competency and ability to defend you in federal court. Look over the reviews on our website to find out how we can aid you with your federal appeal. 

Contact Oberheiden P.C. Today for Legal Representation in Las Vegas, Nevada

The federal appeals process can be difficult to navigate on your own. Luckily, we can help you through this process step by step. Contact our federal appeals lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. through our website. If you want to give us a call, we can also be reached at our nationwide number: (702) 213-9490. We offer free consultations and can answer any pressing questions you have about the appeals process and your federal case.

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