I have participated as judge or counsel in over 1,200 appeals. In 2017, I retired as presiding judge of the Utah Court of Appeals after eight years on the bench. Before becoming an appellate judge, I served 18 years in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office, the last 10 as division chief. And for 10 years I taught appellate practice at both the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and the National Advocacy Center at the University of South Carolina. During my 20 years as an active member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee, I have had a hand in crafting many amendments to the rules of appellate practice.

Experience

2017-Present
Appellate Attorney, Zimmerman Booher

2009-2017
Utah Court of Appeals, Judge

2014-2017
Utah Court of Appeals, Presiding Judge

1991-2009
Utah Attorney General's Office, Criminal Appeals Division, Assistant Attorney General

1999-2009
Utah Attorney General's Office, Criminal Appeals Division, Chief

2001-2011
University of Utah, College of Law, Adjunct Professor

1999-2004
National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, National College of District Attorneys, Faculty Member

1988-1991
Poole & Voros, Partner

1986-1988
Avenues Communications, General Counsel and Consultant

1985-1986
CFS Financial Corporation, Associate General Counsel

1982-1985
Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler, Associate

1981-1982
Utah Supreme Court, Law Clerk to Justice Dallin H. Oaks

1978-1981
Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho, General Counsel

Education

1978
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D.

1975
Brigham Young University, B.A.

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals
◦ Tenth Circuit

Supreme Court of Utah

United States District Court, District of Utah