Ms. Ricciardone is the head of Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP's workers’ compensation... more
Ms. Ricciardone is the head of Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP's workers’ compensation defense team and a leader in its litigation practice group, and has extensive experience in the defense of workers’ compensation claims for both insurers and self-insurers. She has lectured at educational seminars on current topics in defending workers’ compensation claims, and authored several articles on work... view profile
I treat my clients and their important problems extremely seriously. Clients put a... more
I treat my clients and their important problems extremely seriously. Clients put a great deal of trust and faith in my abilities and experience, and I work very hard to honor this by maximizing the options available and achieve the best result in the given circumstances. My highest priority is to do whatever I feel is in my clients' best interests. Therefore, if I do not have time to devot... 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.