I left a local district attorneys office after 5 years as a prosecutor to start my... more
I left a local district attorneys office after 5 years as a prosecutor to start my own law firm with a partner in 2001. I have practiced state and federal criminal defense ever since. In 2003, I became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. I have held a federal Criminal Justice Act panel attorney position since 2003, representing indigent fede... 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.