I began my career in law as a legal secretary and paralegal over twenty years ago. I worked as a judicial assistant at Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals for the... more
I began my career in law as a legal secretary and paralegal over twenty years ago. I worked as a judicial assistant at Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals for the three years I was in law school. I then served two judicial clerkships at the Court of Appeals; one with the Hon. J. Dean Morgan (ret.) and the Hon. Elaine Houghton (ret.). My five years at the Court of Appeals gave ... 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.