I have been litigating cases in Maryland for almost 20 years, although sometimes I... more
I have been litigating cases in Maryland for almost 20 years, although sometimes I am called on to represent clients in other states as well. During law school, I gained valuable appellate and criminal investigation experience at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. After graduating in 1993, I was law clerk to the Honorable Paul H. Weinstein. I then served four years as an Assistan... view profile
David Lease is a smart and effective trial and appellate attorney. He is a co-... more
David Lease is a smart and effective trial and appellate attorney. He is a co-founding member of Smith, Lease & Goldstein and chairs the firm's litigation practice. David represents individuals and businesses in diverse criminal and civil matters throughout the region with his practice focused in the areas of criminal law, white collar defense, residential and commercial landlord/tenant matter... view profile
Joe Suntum joined the firm in 1988 after 4 years in the Public Defenders Office... more
Joe Suntum joined the firm in 1988 after 4 years in the Public Defenders Office where he earned his reputation as a exemplary trial attorney. He became a partner in the firm in 1994 and served the firm as Managing Partner from 1998 to 2006. Mr. Suntum is a rare trial lawyer who has successfully tried both murder cases and multi‑million dollar civil actions. He has also successfully... 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.