E. Thomas Dunn, Jr. is an appellate practitioner based in Tustin, California,... more
E. Thomas Dunn, Jr. is an appellate practitioner based in Tustin, California, handling both state and federal appeals, writs, and law and motion matters throughout Southern California. Mr. Dunn has a quarter century of experience handling trial and appellate work. Since January 1995, Mr. Dunn has been certified as a specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specia... view profile
Since 1980 I have specialized in the area of civil appeals and writs. I successfully... more
Since 1980 I have specialized in the area of civil appeals and writs. I successfully passed the second exam given by the State Bar for certification as an appellate specialist in 1999. Not only do I handle appeals, but I am a frequent lecturer and author on appellate subjects. I love the intellectual challenge of working on appeals! I also spent many years working on law and motion matters o... view profile
Scott Wm. Davenport, a partner in the Orange County Office of Manning & Kass, Ellrod,... more
Scott Wm. Davenport, a partner in the Orange County Office of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law and a founding member of the firm's Supreme Court Practice Group. Mr. Davenport, who has served as the Chair of the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners and the Appellate Law Advisory Commission, is an AV-Rated attorney and was selected by... 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.