District Attorney

Appellate Division

An adjunct of trial work is the appellate review of convictions from the trial courts by the Court of Appeals in Fort Worth and the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin. The Appellate Division's attorneys review each conviction that is appealed by reading the trial transcript and statement of facts and the defendant's brief on the legal issues raised in the trial. The Division researches the applicable law, writes appellate briefs that respond to the defendant's brief, present oral argument to the appellate courts and maintain the specific time deadlines that are required. These attorneys also respond to post conviction writs that are filed by defendants as an additional avenue of appeal in seeking to have a conviction overturned.  The Division also serves as a resource to the trial attorneys for advice and research on legal issues that may come up in evaluating and trying a case.


(All Extensions Can Be Reached At (940) 349-2600, Or Click Link For E-Mail)

Catherine Luft
Chief, Appellate Division
(940) 349-2734

Sherri Smith
Administrative Manager
(940) 349-2731

Matthew J. Whitten
Appellate Attorney I
(940) 349-2626

Lara Tomlin
Appellate Attorney II
(940) 349-2622

Brendan Hyde
Appellate Attorney III
(940) 349-2706

Andrea Simmons
Appellate Attorney
(940) 349-2716