Appellate Duo Aims to Bridge the BigLaw-Solo Gap
Moore Williams launches in Golden, driven by community and alternative fee structures

by Doug Chartier

Looking around at their Appellate Practice Subcommittee meetings at the state bar, Ruth Moore and Marie Williams noticed something. Just about every appellate lawyer was either with a large firm or had a solo practice.

They decided to join forces to form something in between.

Appellate boutique Moore Williams officially launched last month, serving clients out of its office in Golden. The firm combines Moore, a Southern California transplant who’s done of-counsel work with Reilly Pozner and Richards Carrington, with Williams, who is a former Faegre Baker Daniels partner. Handling appeals as a two-woman firm allows them to offer clients something a bit different than if they would apart, or within a big firm’s appellate practice group.

“Part of the genesis of [Moore Williams] is, this was a vacuum, I think, in the Colorado legal market,” Williams said. A small firm can bring multiple minds to a matter on appeal while being more flexible than a large firm in its hourly rates — if it even uses the billable hour in certain cases.

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