Brent Appel ’77 has been appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court by Governor Thomas Vilsack. An Iowa native, Appel clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit following graduation from Boalt Hall, and served as deputy attorney general of Iowa from 1983 to 1986.
Appel is a partner at Wandro, Baer & Appel in Des Moines, where his practice has focused on commercial litigation, employment law and personal injury. While at Boalt, Appel served on the California Law Review board of editors, and was a winner of the McBaine Moot Court competition and the Jamieson Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Advocacy. He replaces retiring Iowa Supreme Court Justice James Carter.