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Our attorneys and contributors have in-depth experience with appellate litigation.

Debra Hulett

The appellate process combines Debbie Hulett’s strength in legal writing with her forward-thinking ability to evaluate the likely outcome of a legal argument or line of questioning. She has applied that strategic insight in trials and appeals throughout the Iowa and federal court systems—including the U.S. Supreme Court. At every level, Debbie uses her strategic vision to look toward the potential results of each legal argument and objection before the court. Her primary goal is always to place her clients in the best position to achieve the desired result.

Spencer Cady

scady@nyemaster.com
(515) 283-3118

A solid understanding of the factors a court uses to decide a legal issue has helped Spencer Cady advocate effectively for his clients. With his professional and personal judicial relationships and case experience as a background, Spencer knows how analyze litigation from the neutral perspective of the court. He views each case as a unique puzzle and works to piece together how the facts coincide with the law. His big-picture view assists him effectively advocate for his clients to achieve their goals through the trial and appellate process.

Matt McGuire

A successful litigant tells a compelling story. Matt McGuire draws on his background in journalism to ensure his clients’ stories resonate with the court. Applying his experience handling litigation and antitrust matters at a large law firm in Washington, D.C., Matt acts as an effective advocate in all aspects of his clients’ business. His current commercial and business litigation practice also builds on his judicial clerkship, which provided valuable perspective on the litigation experience—perspective he now applies to his clients’ cases.

Rox Laird

Although he is not a lawyer, Rox Laird has written about the courts, legal issues, and constitutional law for more than three decades. An editorial writer at The Des Moines Register and a reporter at the Des Moines Tribune, he specialized in writing about the First Amendment and public access to government information. He was recognized by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2015 for his “strong voice in support of justice.” He has been recognized by the Iowa Association for Justice and Iowa Legal Aid for his writing. Laird has contributed to On Brief: Iowa’s Appellate Blog since 2016.

Holly Mitchell

For On Brief, Holly Mitchell compiles information and assists with behind-the-scenes logistics and tracking, ensuring the appellate cases noted on the blog are recorded accurately, status updates are made, and the process is handled efficiently.

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Mon 21

Iowa Supreme Court Oral Argument

October 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 21

State v. Booth-Harris, Case No. 18-0002

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 21

State v. Meyers, Case No. 18-2222

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 21

State v. Bynum, Case No. 18-0294

October 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Iowa Supreme Court Oral Arguments
  • Iowa Supreme Court Opinion and/or Further Review Conference
  • Iowa Court of Appeals Oral Arguments
  • Holidays

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