My name is Marshall Thompson, and I started THOMPSON APPEALS to help people appeal their civil cases and their criminal convictions in Utah. Because I am dedicated to providing access to the Utah appellate courts, I offer a sliding-scale discounted rate to qualified clients. Sometimes people earn too much to qualify for legal assistance but earn too little to afford competent appellate services. If you fit into this category, you might be eligible for my sliding-scale program.  

At THOMPSON APPEALS, I've structured my overhead and designed my business model so that I can provide quality representation for a base rate of $175 an hour. If you qualify for my sliding-scale rates, however, I provide the same high quality services for a reduced rate based on your income and household size. Appeals can still be expensive, but I try to make it as affordable and as accessible as possible. No one should have to give up their rights because they don't have enough money.

Here is some information about me:


J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT J.D., cum laude, May 2013

• Harvard Law and Policy Review, Official Blogger,

• International Law and Management Review, Associate Editor

• Certificates in Human Rights Law from the International Bar Association and International  Humanitarian Law from the American Red Cross

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, OH M.S. in Journalism, April 2010

• John R. Wilhelm foreign correspondence scholarship

Utah State University, Logan, UT B.A. in Journalism, April 2004



Utah Court of Appeals, Judge Gregory K. Orme, Salt Lake City, UT, Law Clerk, Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2015

Third Judicial District Court, Judge Royal Hansen, Salt Lake City, UT, Legal Intern, Fall 2012

Human Rights First, Washington, D.C., Business and Human Rights Legal Intern, Summer 2012

High Road for Human Rights, Salt Lake City, UT, Legal Intern (Sex Trafficking Issues), Summer 2011

Apa Sherpa Foundation, Mt. Everest, Nepal, Base Camp Manager, Public Relations, April to Sept. 2010

Advent Creative Marketing Group, Logan, UT, Owner/Marketing Director, April 2008 to April 2010

The Standard-Examiner, Ogden, UT, Reporter, Aug. 2007 to April 2010

Associated Press, Jerusalem, Visiting Journalist, March 2007 to June 2007

U.S. Army Reserve, Iraq, South Korea, Kosovo, Sergeant and Military Journalist, 2000-2008



The Legality of Armed Drone Strikes against U.S. Citizens within the United States, 2013 BYU L. REV. 153 (2013)

Exposed in Iraq: Sexual Harassment and the Hidden Rank Structure of the U.S. Army, in MEN SPEAK OUT: VIEWS ON GENDER, SEX, AND POWER (Shira Tarrant ed., 2013)

Tortured Morals: The Illegality and Immorality of the Enhanced Interrogation Program from an LDS Perspective, in WIELDING THE SWORD IN DEFENSE OF PEACE: 2013 LDS NATIONAL SECURITY SYMPOSIUM (forthcoming 2014) (

Time to repeal authority to use military force, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, Jan. 12, 2013,

Meg Roggensack and Marshall Thompson, Facebook: Before You Buy, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM, May 17, 2012,

Marshall Thompson, attorney

Marshall Thompson, attorney