By Cory Bilton
Last fall, I had the good fortune to meet John Vail. John’s legal career has covered a lot of territory. He has managed community legal services programs, testified before Congress on federal procedure, and lectured at esteemed law schools (such as my alma mater, George Washington University). But for most of this century, John’s practice has focused on motions, appeals, and constitutional issues. For many trial lawyers, appeals are a rare opportunity. John was kind enough to allow me to ask him a few questions about appeals, his career, and advice he has for local trial lawyers.