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I attended law school in the "Watergate," era and wanted to protect the freedoms that so many of fought to protect. My first job was as a Deputy District Attorney in California. In the first month I had tried over half a dozen criminal matters to a twelve person jury. In the first year I had completed over 48 jury trials and was promoted to felony trials in my second year. By my fourth year I was assigned and tried murder cases. In my fifth year I moved back to Utah and was retained to represent capital homicide defendants in the Salt Lake Legal Defender's Association office. I completed five years with that office and tried several capital homicide cases.
In 1985 I was hired by the Salt Lake District Attorney's office and tried Mark Hoffman for multiple murder, forgery and theft.
In 1987 I was hired by the Orange County Public Defender's office to try, exclusively, capital homicides and completed several such trials in the next eleven years.
I returned to Utah to become the Assistant Director of the Salt Lake Legal Defender's office and stayed in that position until I left to form my own private practice in 2004. In 2013 I joined forces with my last partner: Matthew Jefferson. We are trying criminal cases and representing people who have had their constitutional rights questioned by the state.
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|Partner||JEFFERSON&BIGGS||2013 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California Public Defenders Association||member||1987 - 1998|
|State v. Usrey||guilty|
|State v. Ronald Kelly||life|
|state v. A. Bishop||death|
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|University of Dayton Law Review||The Good Samaritan is Packing||1998|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||Beyond the Empty Phrases, Integrity of the System Endures||1995|
|Stanislaus District Attorney's Office||Seizure of Money Pursuant to Warrant for Drugs||1980|
|Stanislaus District Attorney's Office||The Use of Optical Aids to Search||1979|
|Stanislaus District Attorney's Office||The Entrapment Defense: The Use of Third Party Operatives||1979|
|University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of Utah||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|
|California Public Defenders Association||Aggravation in Capital Homicide Cases||1996|
|Death Penalty||Death Penalty Focu||1993|
|Basic Prosecutor Course||Affirmative Defenses||1986|
|Federal Trial Bar||Rights of the Accused: Due Process||1984|
|California Prosecutor's Association||Valid Search Warrants: What is Needed||1978|