I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh....
Late last week, the decision in my FOIA case came down. (The FOIA blog gives a link to the opinion here
It was a split decision: the Court (SDNY) ordered the defendants to release the documents I really wanted, but I didn't get a second set that I was hoping to get.
I think it was a just decision, though, obviously, there are parts I wish the judge had decided differently. So I'd be inclined to leave the decision be. However, I'm almost certain that the government is going to appeal.
I'm out of my depth in the second circuit, and am afraid of the precedent this will set if the decision's overturned. So I'm going to find a lawyer.
My question: Is it more important for my lawyer to be a good appellate lawyer or a good FOIA/transparency lawyer?
The case was decided after a motion/cross-motion for summary judgment; there were no sticky procedural questions or objections. So, it seems that the appeal, like the initial case itself, hinges entirely on the interpretation of law. Would a crack FOIA lawyer be the best choice, then, or does the appellate experience count more than I'm giving credit for? (Of course, I'd love to find a FOIA lawyer with extensive appellate experience -- recommendations gratefully accepted via memail if anyone knows someone, or even suggestions on the best way to find someone like that.)