Dan is a founding partner at the law firm of Carpenter Mayfield. He has over thirty... more
Dan is a founding partner at the law firm of Carpenter Mayfield. He has over thirty years experience including death penalty cases. Dan has been the recipient of many awards and is recognized throughout the legal community as a tireless advocate for his clients. He has handled more than two thousand cases, nearly one hundred jury trials (including two trials that lasted more than a year each),... view profile
BS (Philosophy/Mathematics) - Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 1972... more
BS (Philosophy/Mathematics) - Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 1972 Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) - University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Calfiornia, 1975 Admitted to Practice in California - 1975 Admitted to Practice before the Federal District Courts in the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California and the District of Arizona
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.