Criminal Defense Practice Our MA law firm specializes in criminal law cases after... more
Criminal Defense Practice Our MA law firm specializes in criminal law cases after conviction. We handle appeals, motions for a new trial, motions to revise and revoke sentences, guilty plea withdrawals, parole hearings, commutation petitions, and federal habeas petitions. Wrongful Conviction Practice We also handle civil wrongful conviction MA cases under a new statute that... view profile
I'm Attorney Rob McCarthy, Jr., a Boston College and New England Law (Boston)... more
I'm Attorney Rob McCarthy, Jr., a Boston College and New England Law (Boston) graduate, and I've been an attorney for thirty years. Starting off as a litigator in the United States Marine Corps, I was trained at the Naval War College in the Naval Justice School, Newport, RI. Before Naval Justice School, I trained as a Marine Corps infantry officer at the Basic School and Officers Candidate Sc... view profile
Attorney Melissa Anne Lanouette is a Massachusetts native raised on Cape Cod. After... more
Attorney Melissa Anne Lanouette is a Massachusetts native raised on Cape Cod. After graduating from Salem State University, she received her JD at Suffolk University Law School. As a result, she has strong ties to the Massachusetts community, especially on the North Shore. Melissa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Boston Bar Association. She concentrates her practice in civil plainti... 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.