John Bursch chairs the Appellate Practice and Public Affairs Litigation Groups at... more
John Bursch chairs the Appellate Practice and Public Affairs Litigation Groups at Warner Nocross & Judd LLP, representing national and international organizations and individuals in their largest, most sensitive, and most important matters. Over the past three years, John has argued more times in the United States Supreme Court (five) and the Michigan Supreme Court (11) than any other Michigan ... 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.