Matthew D. Besser focuses his practice on employment discrimination and civil rights.... more
Matthew D. Besser focuses his practice on employment discrimination and civil rights. He has experience in all aspects of litigation, fromnegotiation through trial and final appellate review. Having worked for several years at a large law firm representing corporate defendants in employment disputes, he is able to offer a unique perspective to plaintiffs with employment-related claims. Besser a... view profile
Kim joined Elk and Elk in October of 2009 to expand the firms expertise in handling... more
Kim joined Elk and Elk in October of 2009 to expand the firms expertise in handling employment-related matters. Kims interest in civil rights and discrimination work was fostered through internships with the Cleveland-Marshall Employment Law Clinicand the non-profit organization Housing Advocates, Inc. where her services were available to those otherwise unable to afford representation. Her foc... view profile
Ryan M. Harrell joined Elk Elk as an attorney in 2010. Prior to his affiliation with... more
Ryan M. Harrell joined Elk Elk as an attorney in 2010. Prior to his affiliation with the firm, Ryan represented injured clients at another northeast Ohio law firm, and also practiced on his own, focusing on civil appellate work and criminal defense representation. Ryan now works in Elk Elks research and writing department, where he practices in the field of civil appeals, and is also heavily ... 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.