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Appellate Work

APPEALS, LEGAL RESEARCH, WRITING

injustice-anywhere-500pxBrandi J. Pummell and the Pummell Law Firm provide appellate representation and appellate consulting to individuals and attorneys in the Denver Metro area and throughout Colorado.
I developed a passion for appeals and legal research and writing while still a student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and later as a law clerk to the Colorado Supreme Court. I now seek to share the benefit of my legal research and writing skills and my knowledge of the appellate process with clients and busy attorneys, allowing them to focus on their own lives and businesses.

Why choose an appellate attorney?

Appeals differ from trial. At trial, facts take center stage and trial attorneys become skilled story tellers. They use evidence, including testimony and documents, to persuade a jury or a judge to adopt a factual view of that evidence that results in a legal decision favorable to their client. In contrast, appellate attorneys and appellate courts focus on legal questions like whether the trial court correctly applied a particular statute or the case law of a particular state, or whether public policy would be better served by a change in the law. This is true, in part, because the jury or trial court experienced evidence and testimony first hand and appellate courts defer to these factual determinations. It is also true because appellate courts are less concerned about the outcome of a particular case than the law as a whole.

Why appeals and legal research and writing?

  • Appellate courts are concerned with whether the trial court made the right decision.
  • Arguments are made primarily in written briefs, backed by extensive legal research in diverse areas of the law.
  • Review by an appellate attorney prior to and after trial can provide fresh objective prospective on a case.
  • Appellate practice takes advantage of my strengths:
    • Thorough
    • Attentive to detail
    • Methodical
    • Efficient
    • Love for learning

I have drafted appellate briefs in a variety of matters for direct clients:

  • Mitchell v. Ryder, 20 P.3d 1229 (Colo. Ct. App. 2000) (pub.).
  • Synergetics v. Optimus, 2012 CA 1910 (Colo. Ct. App. 2014) (unpub.).
  • Borek v. Lester, 10 CA 2173 (Colo. Ct. App. 2011) (unpub.).
  • Thomas v. State Farm Mut. Ins.Co., 06 CA 1895 (Colo. Ct. App. 2007) (unpub.).
  • City of Black Hawk v. Yonkers, 06 CA 589 (Colo. Ct. App. 2007) (unpub.).

I have also drafted appellate briefs as contract counsel:

  • In re Marriage of Goff, 09 CA 766 (Colo. Ct. App. 2010) (unpub.)
  • Rose v. Vanderbeek, 09 CA 2494 (Colo. Ct. App. 2010) (unpub.)
  • Merarty v. Kamalfar, 10 DR 1167 (Jefferson Cty. Dist. Ct. (2010) (unpub.) – Pet. For Review of Magistrate Order