Former Assistant Prosecutor and Former Assistant Federal Defender Providing Powerful Advocacy and a Voice for the Accused in Federal and State Courts at Every Level and Stage, Including Appeals
Practice areas & skills: Appeals, Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Federal Crime, White Collar Crime
I enjoy spending time with my two dogs, Maverick and Goose, when I'm not working. I also love to garden and entertain in my backyard. I love to travel overseas and am hoping to visit Denmark and Amsterdam in the next year.
Practice areas & skills: Appeals, Business, Criminal Defense, Family, Civil Rights
Michael Crowell is a governmental law attorney who has returned to Tharrington Smith after nearly a decade at the UNC School of Government teaching and advising judges and other public officials. Mr. Crowell previously was at Tharrington Smith...
Practice areas & skills: Appeals, Government, Election Campaigns & Political Law, Administrative Law
Deborah Stagner is originally from Missouri and received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Kansas in 1992. Ms. Stagner attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a published staff memb...
Practice areas & skills: Appeals, Litigation, Education
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.