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As a native Californian, I grew up skate-boarding and surfing with my brothers. At about the same time I stood up on a surf board, I decided I wanted to be a criminal lawyer when I grew up. I was an avid Perry Mason fan and knew that defense wo...
Practice areas: Appeals, Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime
I am one of only a very few California lawyers certified by the State Bar of CA, Bd. of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist (1983) and a Certified Appellate Law Specialist (2009). I am a Fellow of the International Academy of...
Practice areas: Appeals, Child Custody, Family
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.