Ellis M. Oster, Esq. is a senior associate and Director of Litigation at Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC in Rochester, NY. Prior to this, he was lead attorney at RJS Abstract Corporation... more
Ellis M. Oster, Esq. is a senior associate and Director of Litigation at Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC in Rochester, NY. Prior to this, he was lead attorney at RJS Abstract Corporation in Fairport, NY, and while in law school, he was a summer law clerk at the Republican Governors Association and the Center for Individual Rights, both in Washington, DC.Ellis received his J.D. from Cornell Law Sch... 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.