TAYLOR IVY is a senior 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:
Four of Taylor’s appellate cases have resulted in favorable published opinions for criminal defendants:
People v. Draper, 2021 COA 120 (Colo. App. Sept. 9, 2021) (the trial court erred by failing to instruct the jury on the definition of “universal malice,” an essential element of first-degree extreme indifference murder)
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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