Ann Marie Taliaferro


Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP
422 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
United States

Tel: (801) 532-5297


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

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.

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, the Utah Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, the Utah County Conviction Integrity Unit, and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center Case Oversight Committee.  Ann is a current member of the Utah Supreme Court Standing Committee on Appellate Representation, the Utah Roster of Appellate Attorneys, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals CJA Appellate Panel, the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Women Lawyers of Utah.

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 ReviewUtah Business Magazine named Annie 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 has been listed as a Mountain States Super Lawyer in Criminal Law since 2020.  In 2021, Ann was awarded the Utah State Bar Charlotte Miller Mentoring Award, and in 2018 the Utah State Bar presented her with an Outstanding Mentor Recognition. She received a Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2016 and 2013 and offers her services as a mentor for the Utah State Bar’s New Lawyer Training Program

Annie also regularly volunteers her time with Salt Lake City Justice Court’s Homeless Outreach Program which provides legal services to the unsheltered population, including through “homeless court”, “kayak court”, and participation in Salt Lake County resource fairs.

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-July 2023)
  • Conviction Integrity Unit, Utah County (March 2021-2023)
  • Indigent Appellate Defense Division, Contract Appellate Attorney (2020-Present)
  • Utah Supreme Court, Standing Committee on Appellate Representation (June 2018-Present)
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals CJA Standing Committee (2008-2016)
  • 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, Board Member (October 2017-July 2023)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2000-present)
  • … 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
  • 2023 Victim’s Resource Fair, Sorenson Unity Center (April 24, 2023) (panelist)
  • 2023 Indigent Appellate Defense Training, “Client Centered Communications” (April 13, 2023) (panelist)
  • Utah Indigent Defense Commission, “Post-Conviction & Me: How Trial and Appellate Attorneys Can Prepare for the PCRA” (November 16, 2022) (panelist)
  • Utah Indigent Appellate Defense Division, Utah’s Post-Conviction Remedies Act (June 22, 2022) (co-presenter)
  • 2022 Utah Indigent Appellate Defense Training, “Issues to Push on Appeal” (April 22, 2022) (panelist)
  • Joint Training: Salt Lake Legal Defendant’s Association and Utah County Public Defender’s Office, “Jury Instructions” (December 8, 2021)
  • Aldon Anderson Inn of Court, prepared curricula and discussion points for book, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson (2021).
  • 2021 UACDL Annual Seminar, “Motions to Arrest Judgment and Motions for New Trial” (October 1, 2021)
  • 2021 UACDL Annual Seminar, “Discovery Motions and Motions to Compel” (September 10, 2021)
  • Utah State Bar Appellate Section, “Making the Inaudible Audible: How to Correct the Record in the Wake of Webex” (July 14, 2021) (panelist)
  • Indigent Defense Commission Training Event, “How to Do Guilty Pleas Right” (June 8, 2021)
  • Utah State Bar Criminal Section, “Victims’ Rights v. Defendants’ Rights – Is Our System Designed to Protect Both?” (May 19, 2021) (co-presenter)
  • Indigent Defense Commission Training Event, “(Some) Ethical Duties of Appellate Attorneys” (February 25, 2021) (co-presenter)
  • Utah County Public Defender’s Office, “Preservation, Motions, and Jury Instructions in Sexual Abuse Cases: Part 2″ (October 16, 2020)
  • Utah County Public Defender’s Office, “Preservation, Motions, and Jury Instructions in Sexual Abuse Cases: Part 1″ (July 31, 2020)
  • 2019 UACDL Annual Seminar, “Preserving for Trial Attorneys” (October 25, 2019)
  • 2019 Judicial Conference, “Contemporary Warrant Issues” (September 13, 2019) (co-presenter)
  • Salt Lake Legal Defender’s Association, “Preservation, Motions, and Jury Instructions in Sexual Abuse Cases” (June 5, 2019)
  • UACDL St. George CLE, “Preserving Issues for Appeal” (May 24, 2019) (co-presenter)
  • UACDL St. George CLE, “Ethical Considerations in Handling Alleged Victims in Sexual Assault Cases” (May 26, 2018)
  • Salt Lake Legal Defender’s Association, “Lessons Learned from State v. Truman” (April 19, 2017) (co-presenter)
  • 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)

The attorneys at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP are experienced in representing clients throughout Utah in criminal direct appeals after a capital, felony or misdemeanor conviction or juvenile delinquency adjudication. We also represent the wrongfully convicted in post-conviction matters.

Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP has been very successful in post-trial proceedings and appeals, and on numerous occasions has been able to correct errors made during criminal trial and sentencing proceedings. Our attorneys are experienced in criminal law, criminal procedures, and all complex attendant issues such as search and seizure, involuntary confessions, and forfeiture issues.

The law firm of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat was established in 1998 and has been aggressively defending those accused of crimes for over 25 years. With currently six Utah criminal attorneys who have over 100+ years of combined experience, our firm provides the highest level of legal service.

We are a litigation firm that handles matters in every county within the state of Utah, and we are extremely proud of the record we have generated by trying cases and challenging the power of government.