Ben Leigh is a native of Northern Virginia, with deep ties to the legal profession... more
Ben Leigh is a native of Northern Virginia, with deep ties to the legal profession and the communities of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. He has for several years been voted among the "Legal Elite" in Real Estate in Virginia Business Magazine's peer-surveyed publication. He holds the "Preeminent" AV-rating issued by Martindale Hubbell. He is also a Commissioner in Chancery for the Cir... 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.