I am a trial lawyer based in Portland, Oregon. I handle cases primarily in Oregon,... more
I am a trial lawyer based in Portland, Oregon. I handle cases primarily in Oregon, Washington and the Federal Courts in which they are located. I also handle appellate matters in the Oregon appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit.
I exclusively practice criminal law, both trials and appeals. Until 2006, I was the... more
I exclusively practice criminal law, both trials and appeals. Until 2006, I was the chief attorney in the major felony section of Metropolitan Public Defenders. A frequent speaker on criminal defense issues in Oregon, on topics ranging from the Oregon Constitution to motion-writing, I am a 2009 winner of the OCDLA's President's Award for my "legal acumen and willingness to assist other criminal... view profile
Andrew D. Coit received his undergraduate degree from the University of California,... more
Andrew D. Coit received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993. In 1997, Andrew graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis Clark College and became a member of the Oregon State Bar. Andrew has also been admitted to practice in United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is an active membe... 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.