Vanessa Palacio earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami... more
Vanessa Palacio earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. With trial and appellate experience, while maintaining a modest law practice and performing legal reserach and writing for other attorneys, Vanessa currently does legislative and policy work for the Office of the Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. A South Florida native, ... 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.