At the firm of Samuel J. Wells, APC we represent clients in the practice areas of... more
At the firm of Samuel J. Wells, APC we represent clients in the practice areas of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; employee and civil rights; and wage and hour disputes. Our firm provides each client with the strong employment law counsel they deserve. If you require the services of an attorney with significant experience, professional diligence and personal compassion, please conta... view profile
After a pre-law school life as a journalist, then three years of training as a... more
After a pre-law school life as a journalist, then three years of training as a research attorney for a Justice on the California Court of Appeal, I turned to private civil litigation practice, eventually earning the distinction of certification by the California State Bar as an appellate law specialist. About 80% of my practice is devoted to civil appeals and writs thoughout southern and centra... view profile
A HARVARD EDUCATION AND THE TOUGHNESS OF A FORMER BOXER 37 YEARS IN PRACTICE;... more
A HARVARD EDUCATION AND THE TOUGHNESS OF A FORMER BOXER 37 YEARS IN PRACTICE; HARVARD LAW 1975; 20 TIME AV RATED BY MARTINDALE; 6 TIME SUPERLAWYER; TOP RATED CONSTRUCTION LAWYER BY AMERICAN LAWYER; BAR REGISTER OF PREEMINENT LAWYERS I am the first person in my extended family to graduate college. I attended Boston College on a scholarship, graduating in 1972. I attended Harvard La... view profile
Honors and Awards: AV rated peer review, Martindale Hubbell (over 10 years); SUPER... more
Honors and Awards: AV rated peer review, Martindale Hubbell (over 10 years); SUPER LAWYER, peer selected, Los Angeles Magazine (2004-2013); Avvo Client Appreciation for 2012; Avvo superb (10) rating since 2010. Special Licenses/Certifications: Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Bar/Professional Activity: Past P... view profile
Joseph A. Pertel practices in all areas of litigation in State and Federal courts,... more
Joseph A. Pertel practices in all areas of litigation in State and Federal courts, including business, civil rights, personal injury, and criminal law. His years of experience in court make him one of the most respected and trusted lawyers by his clients. In the past 16 years, Pertel has tried in excess of 150 jury trials in State and Federal courts throughout Southern California.
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.