Mr. Ellis handles all civil, family law, and criminal appellate matters. Some of his... more
Mr. Ellis handles all civil, family law, and criminal appellate matters. Some of his recent cases have involved issues as diverse as (1) a claim that a law enforcement agency used excessive force against a suicidal individual; (2) a challenge to an award of reimbursement under Family Code section 2640; (3) sexual harassment by an employer; (4) a conviction for attempted murder; (5) application ... view profile
As a native Californian, I grew up skate-boarding and surfing with my brothers. At... more
As a native Californian, I grew up skate-boarding and surfing with my brothers. At about the same time I stood up on a surf board, I decided I wanted to be a criminal lawyer when I grew up. I was an avid Perry Mason fan and knew that defense work was my calling. When I grew up and out of skateboards, I continued my love of action through marathon running, skiing and hiking. I recently tr... 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.