I learned how appellate courts view appellate briefs and oral advocacy during my time clerking for Chief Justice Durrant at the Utah Supreme Court. I apply those lessons every day in preparing briefs and deciding how to frame issues for appeal. I bring a practical approach to solving client problems and candidly help the client determine when an appeal is the best choice. I have given presentations and authored articles in the Utah Bar Journal exhibiting my approach to appellate practice. I look forward to working with you.

Experience

2023-Present
Ethics Counsel, Utah State Bar

2013-Present
Appellate Attorney, Zimmerman Booher

2012
Judicial Clerk to Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Utah Supreme Court

2011-2012
Appellate Attorney, Zimmerman Jones Booher

2010-2011
Case Investigator, Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

2010
Judicial Intern to Associate Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Utah Supreme Court

2009-2011
Law Clerk, University of Utah Office of General Counsel

Recognition

2022-Present
Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch
        - Appellate Practice

2022-Present
Mountain States Super Lawyers

2021-Present
Legal Elite - Utah Business

2020-2021
Rising Stars - Super Lawyers

Memberships

2024
National Organization of Bar Counsel, Member

2023-Present
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, Member

2022-2023
Utah State Bar, Commissioner

2022-2023
Utah Supreme Court, Ethics and Discipline Committee, Member

2022
Utah State Bar, Summer Convention Planning Committee, Co-Chair

2021-2022
Women Lawyers of Utah, President

2019-2023
Utah State Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Executive Committee Member

2016-2022
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, Case Oversight Committee

2014-2018
LGBT & Allied Lawyers of Utah, Founding Board Member

2013-2023
Women Lawyers of Utah, Board Member

Education

2011
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D.
◦  Highest Honors
◦  Order of the Coif
◦  Note and Comment Editor, Utah Law Review

2006
University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.A., English

Presentations & Publications

2023
Using AI in Our Work: Ethical Considerations, Invited Speaker, Salt Lake Estate Planning Council

2023
The Ethics of Handling Different Roles and Different Needs in Legal Situations, Invited Speaker, Utah State Bar 

2023
Retaining Ethics in Our Retainer Agreements, Utah Bar Journal

2023
Ethics: Skills and Updates for Utah Lawyers, Invited Speaker, Utah State Bar Summer Convention

2022
How and When to Get Your Appeal Before the Utah Supreme Court, Invited Speaker, Utah State Bar, Appellate Practice Section

2021
Getting to Appeal I - Avoiding Preservation Pitfalls, Invited Speaker, Utah State Bar, Appellate Practice and Small Firm Sections  

2019
Retention and Certiorari: Convincing the Utah Supreme Court to Review Your Appeal, Invited Speaker, Women Lawyers of Utah

2015
Whether to Appeal in Civil Cases, Utah Bar Journal

2014
Petitioning the Utah Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari, Utah Bar Journal

2011
Genetic Privacy Laws: 50 State Survey, Co-Author, Journal of Health & Life Sciences, October 2011 Issue, © University of Utah

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Supreme Court of Utah

Supreme Court of Iowa

United States District Court, District of Utah