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Emily Adams

Appellate Attorney

I am an appellate attorney based in Utah. My practice at The Appellate Group is focused exclusively on appeals. I counsel with clients to determine their best strategy on appeal and strategize with clients and attorneys about preparing for an appeal while in district court.

Apart from appellate briefs, in my practice I have submitted amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Utah Supreme Court; I have represented criminal defendants and civil clients on appeal to the Utah appellate courts; I have drafted motions for permission to file an interlocutory appeal in the Utah appellate courts; and I have filed petitions for certiorari.

I am licensed to practice law in Utah and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. I love being enormously tall, being a celiac in a bread-filled world, trying to do a pull-up, and dragging my kids on hiking trips.


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Lead Managing Editor, ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law

Brigham Young University
B.A., Linguistics, cum laude


Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota

Minnesota Court of Appeals


Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2019–2020
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Distinguished Service Award, 2019


Adams Legal, LLC (2014 to 2020)
Shannon Law, LLC (2013 to 2014)
Law Clerk, Nichols Kaster (2010 to 2011)
Legal Extern for the Honorable Christine Durham, Utah Supreme Court (2009)


The United States Supreme Court

CLE Presentations


Indigent Defense CommissionHow to Litigate Rule 23B Motions
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual SeminarAppellate Update
Indigent Defense CommissionExceptions to Preservation and the Evolving IAC Standards
Parental Defense Alliance Annual ConferenceAppellate Update on Child Welfare Case


Utah Association for Justice Auto SpectacularPIP Threshold Statute and Issues Moving Forward
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual SeminarPetitions for Certiorari


Strong & Hanni CLE seriesRecent Developments in Utah Appellate Jurisdiction