The party to a lawsuit against whom an appeal is taken. Although the federal courts of appeals refer to this party as the appellee, some states use different names, such as respondent, to refer to the party against whom an appeal is taken. The appellee is typically the party in whose favor the appealed-from order or judgment was entered. However, the appellee also may appeal from the underlying order or judgment (for example, where the order or judgment does not grant the appellee complete relief). In these instances, the appellee typically is called an appellee-cross-appellant.