Excellent Legal Representation in Utah

As a practicing attorney since 1991, I have also served 6 years as a Judge Pro Tempore. I have Collaborative Lawyer, & Mediation training as well. Contact me directly at (801) 535-4385 to see if I can help with your case in any way.

I offer a FREE, 30-minute “get to know you” consultation at my office. We can then determine whether we are a good fit, and discuss the general principles of your case.

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Free 30-Minute Consultation

When you come to my office, I offer a free, 30-minute confidential consultation. Together we’ll determine if it’s a good fit, and discuss general principles of your case. Call to speak with me directly at (801) 535-4385 to see how I can help you with your legal issue.

Why Experience Matters

Having been a member of the bar since 1991, judges and opposing attorneys in Utah are more persuaded by a lawyer who exhibits knowledge of the law, preparation, and respect. Expertise in divorce, child custody, or alimony modification is needed to protect your rights and quality of life.

Zealous Advocate

As a professional family law attorney in Salt Lake City, I am knowledgeable, collaborative and personable. I am a zealous advocate for my clients with a great deal of successful courtroom and mediation experience – expertise and integrity is key.

Your Best Legal Strategy in Utah

Some people believe the best Salt Lake City divorce attorneys act like a junkyard dog in court and with opposing counsel. However, in my experience, judges and opposing attorneys in Utah City are far more impressed and persuaded by divorce who exhibit knowledge of the law, preparation, and respect.

Persuasiveness involves a mixture of cogent legal reasoning and civility. In fact, if you hire a divorce attorney who acts like a junkyard dog, it is likely to:

(1) delay the resolution of your case;
(2) end up costing you a great deal of money unnecessarily; and,
(3) obtain a bad result.

Since an attorney who acts like a junkyard dog is likely to cause the opposing attorney to dig in his or her heels, and even end up ticking off the judge. When a case doesn't settle relatively quickly, your legal expenses go up dramatically.

It is good to be an aggressive divorce attorney, but you need to do it in the right way to be effective. Aggressiveness involves fully knowing how the law applies to the client's legal problem, and then being able to communicate the client's position in a well-reasoned argument to the opposing attorney, and if necessary, to the judge - both orally and in writing.

Being a good writer is especially important because a judge is often persuaded by a party's position from the party's court papers even before going to court. Being able to clearly see the alternative positions to a divorce question comes from decades of courtroom experience, knowledge of the law, and preparation.

A junkyard dog who goes off half-cocked frequently misses the subtleties of the opposing party's legal arguments (or misses them completely) simply because he or she is so zealous and unduly full of him or herself. As a party to a lawsuit, you need to know what your risks are in going forward in a divorce case from the beginning, before you invest in paying substantial amounts of money to any one particular attorney. For these reasons, out of court communication between counsel needs to be civil to be effective. I have found that respectful discussion of the issues is much more effective than me trying to intimidate, bully, or threaten opposing counsel into my way of thinking.

Because I have worked on a variety of Salt Lake City cases and throughout many of the Utah District Courts (which cases have involved many areas outside of divorce and child custody), I usually can present arguments which are well reasoned and broadly based. This is helpful if the opposing divorce attorney's perspective does not allow him or her to fully comprehend and address my written and oral arguments spontaneously in open court.

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While there is some truth in the notion that an attorney who practices exclusively in a particular area of law may have more knowledge on that subject than one who maintains a diverse practice, it has been my experience that frequently issues in the family law arena involve broader subject areas like civil procedure, criminal law, tax law, bankruptcy law, and/or constitutional law.

Therefore, in my view, an attorney who has a more comprehensive background in the law has an advantage over an attorney who has practiced exclusively and narrowly in family law. For example, an attorney may be unaware of the need to assert the fifth amendment privilege when his client testifies in court and admits to crimes – admissions which can be later used by a prosecutor to convict the client of those crimes.

Additionally, it is important to realize that when you dehumanize the other party through anger, you make yourself a victim with an axe to grind. However, a lawsuit involving divorce is usually decided in favor of the party who has the best reasoned legal position, rather than the one which has the best emotional appeal. It is also important to remember that divorce disputes frequently involve parties who both have some basis for a grievance.

It has been my experience that the most gratifying, quickest, and most inexpensive resolutions to disputes involving divorce modification cases usually come when at least one of the parties can understand the other party ‘s point of view. Getting the parties who are angry and entrenched in their positions to see the other party’s point of view involves the art of mediation.

I have been trained and have served as a mediator for the Small Claims Court of Salt Lake City for a period of time. Once a party comes to understand the reasons for other party’s point of view, he or she usually becomes more willing to be practical, and to concede something to his or her opponent by agreement.

Doing so can significantly reduce the expense of having to go to court in a divorce case. Settlement also eliminates the risk of not knowing how the judge will rule, or that your attorney may make a mistake or stress out during his or her courtroom presentation, or that a newer judge may misapply the law. Then, the client needs to go to the added expense of appealing the court’s decision.

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Remembering Your Children is Important

It is also important to remember when children are involved, one of the primary goals in a divorce case should be to help the children get through it with as little emotional baggage as possible. A divorce case should not be about "winning."

Parents frequently are involved in a power struggle with each other, and want to prove each other "wrong" to feel justified by the relationship's breakup. However, children often times find themselves caught in between a battle of egos and hurt feelings, and frequently blame themselves for years for their parents' disputes.

Therefore, it is important for parents to place a higher value on what is in their children's best interests rather than what is in their own best interest. Indeed, what is in the best interest of the children is one of the primary legal standards which a court uses in making custody and parent-time determinations.

Children at times say things to try and make their parents feel better because they need to live with both parents and survive emotionally. It is difficult and often unfair to put a child in a position to "choose" where to live or how things should be arranged. To learn more about these and related topics, please click on the one you wish to review: divorce, child custody, alimony modification, and and parent-time. You can also learn a lot about working with me from this Reviews page.

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