About Our Firm



S.J. Quinney College of Law,
University of Utah


The State Bar of Utah
The Tenth Circuit of Appeals

Ann Marie Taliaferro

Ann Marie (“Annie”) Taliaferro has practiced with Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat since graduating from law school in 2000 and became a partner/shareholder in July of 2015. She specializes in criminal defense trial work, criminal appeals, post-conviction advocacy, and some civil rights litigation.

As a member of the Utah State Bar, Annie is licensed to practice before all Utah state and federal courts. She is also licensed to practice before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Annie is a frequent presenter on issues relating to all aspects of criminal defense and has published articles in the Utah Journal of Criminal Law, the Utah Bar Journal, and the Utah Law Review. Among other committees, Annie has previously served on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals CJA Standing Committee, the Utah Supreme Court and Judicial Council Task Force on Justice Court Reform, and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center Case Oversight Committee.  Ann is a current member of the Utah Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, the Utah County Conviction Integrity Unit, the Utah Supreme Court Standing Committee on Appellate Representation, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals CJA Appellate Panel, the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Before attending law school, Annie was a high school teacher and coach. She received her Juris Doctorate from S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and was a William H. Leary Scholar.

While in law school, she served as a staff writer and Note & Comment editor of the Utah Law Review. In college, she completed a summer internship at the Supreme Court of the United States, Office of the Curator.


  • Utah Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission (January 2022-Present)
  • Conviction Integrity Unit, Utah County (March 2021-Present)
  • Indigent Appellate Defense Division, Contract Appellate Attorney (2020-Present)
  • Tenth Circuit CouUtah Supreme Court, Standing Committee on Appellate Representation (June 2018-Present)t of Appeals CJA Standing Committee (2009-Present)
  • Utah Roster of Appellate Attorneys (June 2018-Present)
  • American Inns of Court, Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court (January 2016-Present)
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, CJA Panel Attorney (March 2007-Present)
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Utah Business Magazine named Ann an “Up and Coming Legal Elite” in 2009 and 2010, and she was also designated a “Mountain States Rising Star” in 2009 and 2010 by Super Lawyers. She received a Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2013 and offers her services as a mentor for the Utah State Bar’s New Lawyer Training Program

In The News

  • Judge likely to order new trial for Orem man convicted of murdering wife ⁠— Desert News, 7/23/2016
  • Attorneys for man convicted of murdering his wife say new evidence shows client's innocence ⁠—  Fox13now.com, 8/27/2015
  • 2 women say 'counselor' used Mormon ties to gain trust before abusing the  ⁠— Desert News, 8/8/2012
  • Federal sentence appealed and overturned, prison sentence reduced for white supremacist at resentencing ⁠— Deseret News, 7/22/09
  • Supreme Court considers whether Internet chat alone can be a crime-Desert News, 5/7/2008
  • Recipient of the 2021 Charlotte Miller Mentoring Award

Published Articles

  • ... And Damned if you Don't: Utah's Plea Withdrawal Statute Is a Devil's Bargain for Criminal Defendants (co-author), Journal of Criminal Law (March 2021)
  • Respectfully Judge: We Disagree (The Defender Version), Defender Newsletter (Fall 2013)
  • Respectfully Judge: We Disagree, 26 UTAH BAR JOURNAL No. 34 (July/August 2013)
  • Recent Developments in Criminal Investigation and Discovery: Access, Disclosure and Use of Information in the Criminal Defense Realm, 19 Utah Bar Journal No. 5 (Sept/Oct 2006)
  • Note, "Disability Status" for Asymptomatic HIV - Pondering the Implications, Unanswered Questions, and Early Application of Bragdon v. Abbott, 1999 Utah L. Rev. 755
  • Development, Parental Presumption Incompatible with Utah's Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Statutory Scheme, 1998 Utah L.Rev. 644


  • 2012 UACDL CLE: "Criminal Motion Practice: Filing and Winning Essential Motions" (October 23, 2012)
  • 2008 New Lawyer CLE: "A Day in the Life of a Peon: What You Should Expect & What You Shouldn't Stand For As An Associate" (May 22, 2008) (co-presenter)
  • 2007 UACDL Annual Seminar - Case Law Update (March 31, 2007) (compiled written material)
  • 2006 CLE Luncheon: "Basics of Criminal Law for the Non-Criminal Lawyer" (Nov. 15, 2006)
  • 2006 UACDL Annual Seminar - Case Law Update (April 22, 2006)
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