From the day I started working in the field until today, I have learned the practice... more
From the day I started working in the field until today, I have learned the practice of criminal and appellate law from some of the finest attorneys in the country. I respect my clients and their families above all else and am keenly sympathetic to the fact that, when most of them come to me, they have already been through the difficult and emotionally wrenching process that is a criminal trial... view profile
Melinda L. VanLowe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the... more
Melinda L. VanLowe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the University of Virginia. She then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law. After graduating from law school, Melinda served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis J. Smith, now Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.Following her clerkship, Ms. VanLowe joined the fi... view profile
I am an ccomplished attorney with a strong background in family law, including all... more
I am an ccomplished attorney with a strong background in family law, including all aspects of divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, protective orders, and general civil litigation. Outside of the practice of law I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my children's school, travel, gardening, and reading.
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.