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  Appellate Practice

Appellate practice deals with the presentation of arguments to state or federal appellate courts through brief writing and oral argument concerning decisions previously made by State or Federal District Courts or administrative agencies.

Zachary Hindman practices before the appellate courts of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota as well as the Federal Courts in those states and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals where he was a clerk for Judge Steven Colleton.

Zach can help you to prepare briefs and argue your case in front of any appellate court. He can handle these cases either alone or in conjunction with your attorney who has represented you.


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Set out below are a list of appeals that Zachary has handled



Significant Appeals

  • In re B.B., 826 N.W.2d 425 (Iowa 2013) – Successfully argued for adoption of the collateral consequences doctrine, to avoid mootness dismissal of appeals challenging involuntary mental health commitments after the term of hospitalization ends, overruling numerous prior decisions by the Iowa Court of Appeals and opening the door for persons who are wrongfully committed to seek reversal of commitment orders.

  • In re T.E.E., 2014 WL 1234329 (Iowa Ct. App. 2014) – Obtained reversal of an involuntary mental health commitment order, based on insufficiency of the evidence.

  • State v. Legore, 837 N.W.2d 681, 2013 WL 3458168 (Iowa Ct. App. 2013) – Obtained reversal of conviction for Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense, on the ground that the traffic stop that resulted in the defendant’s arrest was illegal.

  • In re J.H., 834 N.W.2d 83, 2013 WL 1760183 (Iowa Ct. App. 2013) – Obtained a remand in an involuntary mental health commitment to determine whether the person’s trial counsel was ineffective, the first such remand in Iowa history, and so providing persons involuntarily committed an avenue to enforce their right to effective assistance of counsel.

  • Deck v. Betka, 828 N.W.2d 326, 2013 WL 99123 (Iowa Ct. App. 2013) – Successfully defended an appeal from an entry of summary judgment concerning a contract dispute.

  • BMSI Credit Services v. Sewalson, No. SCCV153365 (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2014) – Obtained reversal of a magistrate’s decisions concerning the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Iowa Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Other Appeals

  • McGuire v. State, 837 N.W.2d 681, 2013 WL 3457420 (Iowa Ct. App. 2013)
  • In re D.V., 820 N.W.2d 770, 2012 WL 2819400 (Iowa Ct. App. 2012)
  • In re N.L.P., 817 N.W.2d 496, 2012 WL 1612551 (Iowa Ct. App. 2012)
  • Great Southern Bank v. Riveradio, L.L.C., 817 N.W.2d 32, 2012 WL 1440227 (Iowa Ct. App. 2012)
  • In re A.G.P., 814 N.W.2d 623, 2012 WL 666840 (Iowa Ct. App. 2012)
  • State v. Cook, S. Ct. No. 12-1305 (Iowa Ct. App. 2012)
  • State of Nebraska v. Coe, Nos. 13-2, 13-3 (Neb. Dist. Ct. 2013)
  • State of Nebraska v. Ellis, No. 13-4 (Neb. Dist. Ct. 2013)
  • State of Nebraska v. Sappingfield, No. 11-72 (Neb. Dist. Ct. 2012)
  • State of Nebraska v. Ortega, No. 13-91 (Neb. Dist. Ct. 2014)


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