In my last post, I noted that appellants and petitioners, losers in the trial court, must be bold on appeal because the applicable standard of review is generally unfavorable. The opposite is true for appellees and respondents, and so they should embrace the favorable appellate standard of review. Let’s briefly review those standards. The standards of review most likely to apply in an appellate matter will be most favorable to the appellee/respondent to least favorable: abuse of discretion; clear legal right (mandamus); substantial evidence (appealable judgment); and de novo (question of law). In a recent article in Litigation (a journal of the ABA), Andrea Ambrose noted the great advantage an Appellee usually has regarding the applicable standard of review: The standard of review is…