Licensed in the Federal Courts for the District of Arizona and the Western District... more
Licensed in the Federal Courts for the District of Arizona and the Western District of Oklahoma, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the 8th, 9th and 10th Circuits. Finally, licensed in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pain is inevitable; misery is optional. That is the philosophy that governs Mark... more
Pain is inevitable; misery is optional. That is the philosophy that governs Mark Shields’ approach to legal problems, particularly in family law. While many legal issues deal with contracts, bills or dented fenders, a family law situation is thicker because it deals directly with people. What’s more, those people comprise the family, which Mark believes to be the fundamental unit of society. Be... view profile
I am a former prosecutorwith eleven years of experience in all areas of criminal law,... more
I am a former prosecutorwith eleven years of experience in all areas of criminal law, from juvenile to homicide. Itriednearly 80 cases. My experience allows me torepresent my clients with their best interests in mind. I maintain contact with my clients so that theyare aware of their rights at each step of the case and are able to make informed decisions. Myyears of experience as a prosec... view profile
If you file a lawsuit and lose the case, you can appeal the decision to the next highest court, which is called the appellate court. Appellate lawyers often specialize in arguing appeals; that is, they specialize in arguing why the decision of the lower court was wrong (or why it was right, for the party that won). Appellate attorneys specialize in appeals because they understand the specific and detailed rules that must be followed. It is possible to lose an appeal on technicalities, even when the law is on your side. If you want to appeal the outcome of the trial court, or if you need to argue against another person's appeal, you should work with an appellate attorney.