Attorney at law

Blain Myhre LLC 

PO Box 3600

Englewood, Colorado 80155



Blain Myhre LLC

I enjoy appellate work because of the abstraction, sophistication, and intellectual stimulation it involves. It requires objectivity and critical judgment but also the ability to think creatively. Too often, attorneys in appeals make the mistake of revisiting factual issues that were lost in the trial court or re-arguing the same weak legal issues. The hallmark of a good appellate attorney is the ability to focus objectively on potential legal errors, while accepting the factual record as it is and analyzing the case candidly. I try to look at cases from the same perspective that the appellate judges will see them in order to give clients the thorough and honest advice they deserve.

Admitted to practice in Colorado, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado


American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations
CBA Appellate Practice Subcommittee
CBA Appellate Pro Bono Program Screening Committee
Colorado Lawyers Committee Board Member
Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association

Trial Talk Magazine Appellate Articles Editor
Council of Appellate Lawyers
Faculty of Federal Advocates

Tenth Circuit CJA Panel (2020)
Tenth Circuit Historical Society 
Minoru Yasui Inn of Court

​DBA Docket Committee


University of Colorado School of Law 1993 (Order of the Coif)

University of Virginia 1987 (B.A. in Biology) 

Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk to Hon. William J. Holloway, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 1994-96

Publications and Presentations

"Advanced Briefwriting and Oral Argument," 2019 (moderator)

"Criminal Law Hot Topics,”  2018 (moderator)

"Clerks' Panel: Rule Changes and Best Practices," 2017 (moderator)

"Appellate Nuts and Bolts, including Standard of Review, Issue Selection, and Preservation," 2016

​​"The Electronic Appendix in the Tenth Circuit: A Brief 'How-to' Guide," 2016 (Trial Talk )

"Briefing and Oral Argument," 2015 (moderator)

"Brief Writing and Oral Argument," 2014 (moderator)

“Effective Briefwriting,” 2013 (moderator)
“Making Better Electronic Records for the Colorado Appellate Courts,” 2013 (Trial Talk )

Book review of  "ABA Appellate Practice Compendium," 2013 (The Colorado Lawyer)
“Dos and Don'ts of Briefwriting,” 2012 (moderator)
“Hyperlinked Briefs,” 2011
“Leading the Appellate Court to the Evidence:  Thinking Inside the Box,”  2011
“Brief Writing:  Using Other Sections of the Brief to Persuade the Court,”  2011  (Trial Talk)
“Creating and Preserving the Record on Appeal,”  2011

“E-Brief 101:  How to prepare for, produce, and present an effective electronic brief,”  2011
“Brief Writing:  Using Often-Overlooked Sections to Persuade the Court,”  2010
"Potential Pitfalls and Pragmatic Pointers for Appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals," 2010 (Trial Talk)
“Recent Amendments to the Colorado Appellate Rules,”  2008
“The Chief Justice, the First Amendment, and Campaigns:  The Future of Political Speech in the Roberts Court,”  2008
“A few humble tips on brief writing,”  2007
"Law Blogging: The New Legal Journalism,"  2006 (moderator)
"Technology Update:  Electronic Filing, Electronic Records, and Electronic Briefs in the Colorado Appellate Courts,” 2005
“Understanding and Using Standards of Review for More Effective Appellate Advocacy,” 2004 (Trial Talk)
Blog, www.Colorado-appealsblog.com, on the Colorado state appellate courts, 2003-2011