TAYLOR IVY is an associate at The Noble Law Firm and advocates for clients on appeal and in postconviction proceedings. 


Taylor graduated with a degree in English from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, and received her law degree from the University of Denver.  In law school she focused her studies on the substantive law defining constitutional rights in order to apply that knowledge in representing people convicted of criminal offenses.  She uses her background in creative writing to draft persuasive motions, appellate briefs, amicus briefs, petitions for postconviction relief, and petitions for writs of certiorari.


Taylor is admitted to practice law in Colorado, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.


Taylor has had success in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and district courts throughout the state.  As an advocate for her clients, she has:

  • Persuaded the Colorado Supreme Court that a police officer's testimony regarding horizontal gaze nystagmus field-sobriety test was inadmissible expert testimony, not lay testimony.
  • Persuaded the Colorado Court of Appeals to reverse a summary denial of postconviction relief in a first-degree murder case and remand for an evidentiary hearing.
  • Persuaded the Colorado Court of Appeals to reverse a sexual assault conviction and remand for a new trial.  All charges were ultimately dismissed.
  • Persuaded the Colorado Court of Appeals to affirm a district court’s grant of postconviction relief in a sexual assault case.
  • Persuaded the Colorado Court of Appeals to reverse a summary denial of postconviction relief in a pimping case and remand the case for an evidentiary hearing.
  • Persuaded the Colorado Court of Appeals to reverse a summary denial of postconviction relief in a criminal impersonation case and remand for an evidentiary hearing.
  • Persuaded the Colorado Court of Appeals that there was insufficient evidence of felony theft and to reduce the conviction to a petty offense.
  • Persuaded the Colorado Court of Appeals to vacate a special drug offender count and remand for resentencing.
  • Persuaded a juvenile court to deny a prosecution petition for judicial review.
  • Persuaded a district attorney to stipulate to postconviction relief in a drug case, which resulted in a reduction of sentence and the release of the client from prison and into a halfway house.
  • Persuaded a district court to find ineffective assistance of appellate counsel, which restored the client's right to appeal felony convictions in two cases.
  • Persuaded a district court to find ineffective assistance of postconviction counsel for an immigrant client.
  • Persuaded a district court to vacate a sexual assault conviction because of ineffective assistance of trial counsel.
  • Persuaded a district court to grant postconviction relief for an immigrant client in two 20-year-old drug cases, which resulted in the entry of an immigration safe plea.
  • Persuaded district courts throughout the state to grant evidentiary hearings in postconviction cases.


Four of Taylor’s appellate cases have resulted in favorable published opinions for criminal defendants:


People v. Mentzer, 2020 COA 91 (Colo. App. Jun. 11, 2020) (the trial judge, a former prosecutor, should have recused herself from this case because she had served in a supervisory capacity over the attorneys who investigated or prosecuted this case at the time they filed the charges against the defendant)


People v. Pratarelli, 2020 COA 33 (Colo. App. Feb. 27, 2020) (evidence was insufficient to establish first degree kidnapping because prosecution failed to establish that defendant forcibly seized his daughter)


Campbell v. People, 443 P.3d 72 (Colo. 2019) (police officer’s testimony regarding horizontal gaze nystagmus field-sobriety test was expert testimony not lay testimony).


People v. Vidauri, 2019 COA 140 (Colo. App. 2019) (felony theft conviction reversed because the prosecution presented only evidence showing the total amount of benefits paid and failed to prove the value of the benefits the defendant obtained by deceit).


Although success cannot be achieved for all clients, Taylor will thoroughly review every case, research all potential claims, and draft persuasive arguments to give her clients the opportunity to be successful.


Taylor is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Faculty of Federal Advocates Pro Bono Panel.

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