I have been a litigator at Smith Duggan since 2000. Before coming to Smith Duggan, I... more
I have been a litigator at Smith Duggan since 2000. Before coming to Smith Duggan, I served as law clerk to Justice John A. Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court. My practice has focused on defending businesses and individuals in workers’ compensation, employment, contract, premises liability, Consumer Protection Act and business disputes. I have litigated cases to trial at the state and federa... view profile
Joseph Demeo is Founder and Managing Partner of the law firm Demeo, LLP. The firm... more
Joseph Demeo is Founder and Managing Partner of the law firm Demeo, LLP. The firm handles complex commercial litigation, including: contract disputes; unfair trade practices claims; copyright, trademark and licensing disputes; enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; employment law; real estate litigation; securities litigation; and partnership and shareholder disputes.
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.