APPELLATE & TRIAL CONSULTING
Marsha Ternus, former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, practices law in Des Moines, Iowa, focusing on appellate case consulting, litigation consulting, and arbitration. She brings to her practice the insights and judgment she gained in her seventeen years on the court as well as the knowledge and skills she developed in sixteen years as a trial lawyer.
Ms. Ternus is available to assist attorneys in any and all phases of an appeal, as well as attorneys involved in trial court and arbitration proceedings, offering discrete task services including analysis of legal issues, drafting of briefs and other pleadings, and advising on trial and appellate strategy. In addition, she may be consulted as an expert on issues of Iowa law, legal ethics and legal malpractice, and is available to serve as an arbitrator and adjudicator.
Ms. Ternus is a frequent lecturer on a variety of subjects, including judicial independence, judicial selection and retention, the politicization of the judiciary, and criminal justice reform.