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Cherise Bacalski

Appellate Attorney

I practice appellate law exclusively. I began my practice at the Utah Attorney General’s office in the Criminal Appeals division—so I understand our friends on the other side. And I’ve clerked at both the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals, so I know what judges at both courts need to rule in your favor—or to overrule unhelpful precedent.

The Appellate Group

At The Appellate Group, I file opening briefs in the appellate courts in both Utah and California. I’ve drafted numerous criminal and civil appeals, have filed successful petitions for certiorari, and have assisted in either briefing, mooting, arguing, or drafting principal briefs, amicus briefs, or opinions in over a hundred more appellate cases. I’ve argued in front of the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, and the California Court of Appeal (yes, it’s singular). And I hold advanced degrees in both writing and rhetoric. In fact, I’ve taught college-level writing courses in advanced persuasive writing, rhetoric, and creative writing at Brigham Young University for almost a decade. I also serve as an executive member of the Appellate Practice Section of the Utah Bar.

Every brief is an opportunity to hone the court’s thinking about prejudice and offer defendants another chance to be heard. To that end, I believe an opening brief should seamlessly weave together two stories: the story of the law, and a client’s story.

Let’s tell your story together.


Brigham Young University
Publications Editor, Education and Law Journal
J. Rueben Clark Pro Bono Service Award

Brigham Young University
M.A., English, rhetoric

Brigham Young University
M.F.A., Poetry

California State University, San Marcos
B.A., Literature and Writing, writing emphasis
magna cum laude


Utah Supreme Court
Utah Court of Appeals