Despite the negativity that often surrounds the public's view of lawyers, I hope... more
Despite the negativity that often surrounds the public's view of lawyers, I hope that my perspective of lawyers is not unlike how most lawyers view themselves - that my job is to help clients navigate through confusing and difficult situations. Effectively serving a clientrequires a balance of both the "attorney" and "counselor" sides of being a lawyer. This is not always comfortable or ... view profile
Broadly stated, my client goal is simple: Get the best possible result at an... more
Broadly stated, my client goal is simple: Get the best possible result at an efficient price. If getting the best result costs my client more in attorney fees and court costs than what he/she gains from the lawsuit, what's the point? I've made him/her worse off. Civil litigation should not be a losing proposition. A good attorney should not only know the law and procedure --- but be able to ass... 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.