I have been practicing law since 1981. While I do represent clientsat the trial... more
I have been practicing law since 1981. While I do represent clientsat the trial court level from time to time, I have chosen tolimit my practice so thatcurrently, and for the past approximately15 years, I represent clients in their appeals toNew York State appellate courts. Being familiar with appellate practice, primarily in the Third and Fourth Departments, I represent clients in civil (inclu... view profile
Matthew D. Gumaer, a Partner since 2004, defends claims against architects,... more
Matthew D. Gumaer, a Partner since 2004, defends claims against architects, engineers, surveyors, attorneys and other professionals. He has extensive experience advising clients involved in construction related matters including contract negotiation and drafting, offering legal assistance during difficult projects and handling claims should they arise. Mr. Gumaer also handles a variety of... 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.