Rockville, Maryland, Appeal Lawyers

When faced with an unfavorable outcome in the trial court, the appellate process provides the mechanism to correct the trial court's error and allows you an opportunity to reach the ideal resolution of your case. Appellate law is a unique area of practice with significant and critical differences between it and trial practice. As a result, not all lawyers handle appellate cases.

The rules and protocol for appellate procedure are exact and unforgiving. There are specific deadlines that need to be met and the process requires thorough knowledge of appellate procedure. This is a distinct skill set that includes research, writing, presentation, and the ability to analyze and properly frame the issues for the appellate court.

As such, the skill of an experienced appeals attorney is critical.

Maryland, Virginia And Washington, D.C., Appellate Attorneys

David Lease handles the majority of our firm's appellate work. David is extremely well-versed in appellate practice in both civil and criminal matters.

David and the partners of Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC, have handled appeals in the appellate courts throughout the region, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

David Lease also serves on the Criminal Justice Act Appellate Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and he is regularly appointed by that Court to work on challenging and difficult appeals.

An appellate attorney needs to be able to evaluate a case from a new point of view, often discovering issues that trial counsel never even considered.

We are able to handle on nearly every aspect and types of appeals, including:

  • Direct Appeals
  • Petitions for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc
  • Petitions for Writ of Certiorari
  • Applications for Leave to Appeal

In each instance, we are able to carefully evaluate your case and analyze the appellate issues and make a clear and powerful presentation on our client's behalf. If you are considering an appeal, or if an appeal has been noted by your opponent, we strongly recommend you contact us as soon as possible so that we can inform you about your rights, procedural responsibilities and appellate options.

Representative Appellate Cases:

  • Ahmad v. Eastpines Terrace Apartments, 200 Md. App. 362, 28 A.3d 1 (2011)
  • Frasch v. Peguese, 414 F.3d 518 (4th Cir. 2005)
  • Azat v. Farruggio, 162 Md. App. 539, 875 A.2d 778 (2005)
  • United States v. Thorne, 153 F.3d 130 (4th Cir 1998)

To discuss any legal issue, including appeals, in an initial consultation with David Lease or one of our other attorneys, call 301-637-0894 or email the firm.