Frank K. Friedman, chairman of our Appellate Section, has handled numerous appeals... more
Frank K. Friedman, chairman of our Appellate Section, has handled numerous appeals both in state and federal courts. He has served as chair of the Appellate Practice Subsection of the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar, chair of the Board of Governors of the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar, and chair of the Board of Editors of The Journal of Civil Litigation. He is... view profile
Erin B. Ashwell is an associate in Woods Rogers' Litigation Section. A native of... more
Erin B. Ashwell is an associate in Woods Rogers' Litigation Section. A native of Bedford County, Erin is licensed to practice in Virginia and California. Erin graduated magna cum laude from Harvardcollege University in 2002 with a degree in Government. Prior to attending law school, Erin worked as a staff assistant in the United States Senate. Erin earned her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law... 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.