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.