Board Certified in Civil Appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization,... more
Board Certified in Civil Appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Lance appears in State and Federal Courts as both trial and appellate counsel in complex cases, including business litigation, insurance coverage, and personal injury matters.
As founding attorney at the John Helms Law Firm, Dallas attorney John M. Helms... more
As founding attorney at the John Helms Law Firm, Dallas attorney John M. Helms offers legal services in criminal defense and complex commercial litigation cases. Mr. Helms has been practicing as a lawyer in Texas since 1990. Before the establishment of his firm, Attorney Helms spent time as a partner at firms including Helms, Roberts & Diaz LLP and Fitzpatrick, Hagood, Smith & Uhl, LLP. Additi... 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.