James P. Marsh, B.A. 1983 Eastern Illinois University and J.D. 1988 John Marshall Law School. Prior to joining the Firm in 1997, Jim practiced at a large Chicago-based litigation firm.... more
James P. Marsh, B.A. 1983 Eastern Illinois University and J.D. 1988 John Marshall Law School. Prior to joining the Firm in 1997, Jim practiced at a large Chicago-based litigation firm. Jim's practice concentrates in the areas of casualty defense, municipal liability, insurance coverage, appellate, and professional liability defense litigation. For several years, he authored a bi-monthly column ... 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.