I spent years working with the Legal Aid Society in New York City assisting homeless... more
I spent years working with the Legal Aid Society in New York City assisting homeless families with children. Later, I became the managing attorney of a small public interest office that serviced ex-offenders with various problems including parole, criminal and family law issues. I have spent many years representing inmates in New York State and federal prisons and consider myself very knowledge... 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.