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Ronald D Wilkinson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Orem, UT

4.7   28 reviews

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Ron Wilkinson graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric. He was a nationally ranked collegiate debater and speaker. He attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School and graduated in 1989. While in law school, Mr. Wilkinson participated in Moot Court and received many awards, including “Best Oralist” at the Jerome Prince National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Brooklyn Law School Honor Society. Mr. Wilkinson later completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, receiving training in Forensic Psychology, including the performance of custody evaluations, the performance of fitness evaluations, and multiple modalities of therapy.

Mr. Wilkinson’s practice focuses on all areas of family law, including divorce, change in child custody, child support, alimony, dissipation of assets, mediation, adoptions, paternity, termination of parental rights, and grandparent rights, including visitation. He has significant experience helping clients settle complicated financial and custodial issues. Mr. Wilkinson’s practice also includes personal injury, wrongful death, criminal law, and estate planning.

Mr. Wilkinson also serves as a court-appointed Special Master in high conflict cases and is also a trained Guardian ad Litem. For over eight years, he practiced in the Fourth District Office of the Guardian ad Litem, including Managing Attorney for six years. Because of Mr. Wilkinson’s unique background in psychology, including therapy and custody evaluations, he provides skills that successfully assist the client with issues in a complicated divorce.

Mr. Wilkinson has been equally successful in appellate work. On the appellate level, he has assisted in the reversal of awards of child custody and reversal in favor of grandparent visitation. In addition, Mr. Wilkinson effectively prevailed in an appellate appeal that involved a wrongful death claim against a municipality.

Mr. Wilkinson is a member of the Utah State Bar and admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court Bar. He was a member of the Utah Foster Parent Association, the Juvenile Detention Advisory Board, and the National Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates. He served as a chairman for the Children’s Justice Center Advisory Board and was on the Task Force for the implementation of House Bill 265, Child Welfare Reform Bill. Additionally, Mr. Wilkinson has received the Child Advocate Award, and the Utah County Domestic Violence Coalition Purple Ribbon Award. Mr. Wilkinson has had articles accepted for publication, and Mr. Wilkinson has given multiple presentations to attorneys, therapists, and custody evaluators.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Wilkinson currently teaches Public Speaking at Brigham Young University and has also taught in the departments of Social Work and Psychology, including Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development, Life Span Development, and Child Development.

Mr. Wilkinson and his wife are the parents of eleven children. He enjoys skiing, racquetball, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Licensed for 33 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/07/2023

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Heritage Law Offices
898 South State Street, Suite 100
Orem, UT, 84097-7044

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2022
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Help to bring my family back together.
Ron and his colleagues have worked tirelessly with my case. When opposing counsel prolonged the process multiple times, they reassured me and helped me keep focus. They worked and worked until my kids were returned to me in a very contentious custody case. Ron and Nate held hope and had a plan when I was becoming fatigued with the lengthy process until our goal was achieved. I will forever be grateful to them for restoring my family.
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Posted by Claudia | September 15, 2022
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Wish I would have gone with him from the beginning!
I have had Ron Wilkinson as an attorney for the past 5 years. He’s always prepared, professional, and makes something that is such a horrible situation tolerable. He has helped me with my case on so many levels. Attorneys fees, custody, emergency orders, and now a relocation. I can tell he genuinely cares about my children and me as clients. Worth every penny!
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2022
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Best Divorce Attorney Ever!
Ron has been practicing in Utah Valley for a long time and knows the judges and other attorneys very well. He is empathetic and experienced and great at explaining how things will work and preparing his clients for court. He is personable and friendly and really listens.
Posted by Amy | September 13, 2022
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Best Attorney in Utah
Heritage Law worked hard for me through my custody and termination case. I am so grateful to have found such a knowledgeable, reassuring and effective attorney. Working with Ron, Nate and the rest of their team has been a huge relief- I know I have the most capable team and that I’m in the best hands possible. I would recommend to all of my family and friends!
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Posted by Kassadi | September 13, 2022
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Making a difficult situation easier!
I love working with Ron! Everyone at this office is a joy to work with. They make everything super easy and make sure to answer any questions. I don't feel rushed or overwhelmed when I go in. Ron is amazing at explaining everything step by step and helping me get through my case with my limited knowledge. He is so helpful and nice. Such a genuine good human to be around too!
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Posted by Summer | September 13, 2022
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Amazing Attorney
I had an extremely difficult case with many moving parts. The situation I was dealing with is not necessarily typical but it is not uncommon in the child custody/ divorce realm. Many attorneys refuse this type of case due to its complexity. Ron was able to successfully navigate this situation with great knowledge and attention. He has a background in child psychology and this is extremely helpful when cases involve vulnerable children as mine did- he was able to provide many resources and referrals I didn't know existed. Ron knows the law very well and is well prepared for each situation. I trust his advice completely. He is passionate about his career. We had a very good experience with his staff also.
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Posted by David | July 13, 2021
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Ron treated me like family
Ron treated me like family and was able to get everything I asked for in my divorce! We had some really odd circumstances, and Ron and his associates worked side-by-side with me and made the process really easy! I would highly recommend Ron or any of his associates to everyone That is looking.
Posted by Renate | January 26, 2021
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Ms
I been associated with Heritage Law Firm for over 3 years, and honestly can say , they have been very helpful with my situation.
Posted by Ross | October 9, 2019
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best money ever spent.
I have been in a custody battle for 16 years and have had many ups and downs with lawyers. Most of the time my case was in St George and it was moved up here to the 4th district 2 years ago. The court id very different up here than the 5th district and we had a hard time dealing with the system. I finally decided to find a local lawyer. I talked to many lawyers about my case and they all did not seam right, they would all refer me to Ron Wilkinson. I have had lawyers and have dealt with court and mediation for 16 years. I have never had such a person that would fight for me and at the same time he was brutally honest with me. He knew everyone involved and knew exactly how to relate to them. He was able to solve my issues in just one month that I had been dealing with for years. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He understands psychology and how people think (that was key to my case). To watch him in mediation, he is firm and know exactly what to say and when. I could not be happier.
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Posted by Shaunna | March 26, 2019
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Happy Clients
Words cannot express how we feel about Ron Wilkinson and Nathan Shill. Sometimes there is a stigma that comes with attorneys. Perhaps brash, cutthroat, uncaring, or greedy. We never felt more safe, cared for, listened to, befriended, and even nurtured than we did, working with these two men. They were true advocates for us and our case and fought to the very end to do right by our family. We have nothing but total admiration, trust, and gratitude for them and the entire Heritage Law team. Thank you so very much for your listening ear and your tireless efforts to help! 100,000⭐️’s Sincerely, Shaunna, Brian, and Tayven Thompson
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Posted by Dan | March 14, 2019
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Highly Recommended
Ron did a great job assisting our family with our concerns. He was responsive, attentive, and worked hard to represent us well.
Posted by Shannon | August 24, 2018
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Great team of attorneys!
I cannot think of a better team of attorney's representing me in such a complex court battle. I was under a high level of stress fighting for custody and worrying over the outcome with my children. Ron and his team's expertise with the laws, the thorough detail of facts in which all documents were presented to the court, and excellence in a courtroom setting made it possible for a successful outcome. Ron and his team fight for what is right and are wonderful to work with!
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Posted by Wendy | August 19, 2018
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Great Lawyer!
A few years ago I found myself in the middle of a horrible custody dispute after the relationship I had with the father of my children unraveled. It was a unique situation in that we’d been married earlier, got legally divorced and stayed together in a committed relationship, all without ANYONE’S knowledge. Before I met Ron I felt completely helpless in a hopeless situation. Luckily, I did meet with Ron and he told me everything we had in our side, and what was possible. During the time Ron represented me, I quickly learned that he is the BEST and most knowledgeable attorney in Utah. Absolutely incredible! He knows exactly what’s possible and does everything in his power to make it happen. I would definitely recommend Ron and Heritage Law to everyone.
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Posted by Heather | June 28, 2018
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Excellent experience
Ron was punctual, efficient and great in court. I appreciate his sense of humor and personality. Very easy to work with and his staff was great to work with as well. Highly recommended.
Posted by Chelsey | June 8, 2018
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Ron And His Colleagues Are Amazing
I highly recommend Ron Wilkinson to anyone needing legal services. I have been going through a complex custody situation for the past 7 years. Over the years, I have hired several different attorneys who didn't really fight for me, or they got tired of the complexity of my case. Seeking legal help through Heritage Law has been like a breath of fresh air. Ron and his colleagues are absolutely incredible. Ron is knowledgeable, diligent, honest, and ethical. He cares about his clients, and is willing to fight hard for them. I recently attended a hearing that was emotionally taxing for me, and really difficult to get through. Ron was there with me and he was so kind, understanding, and compassionate. His knowledge and experience with child welfare cases was beneficial and helpful. I was referred to Heritage Law by several people. I wish I would have hired Ron sooner. I have been so impressed with his work, and the effort he and his colleagues have put into helping me with my complex case.
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Posted by Scott | May 15, 2017
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Ron is an excellent divorce, child custody and father's rights attorney.
My ex-wife tried to prevent me from a relationship with my daughter. Ron convinced me that fathers rights are important and that he could restore them for me. He did it. The Court has given me full custody of my daughter. I would have been willing to share custody with my ex-wife. She would have none of that. She kept illegally depriving me of visitation. Protecting a father's legal rights is challenging. Thanks to Ron the Court was able to see through the lies and award me full custody.
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Posted by Rachelle | April 21, 2017
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Honest, dependable. and full of integrity
I had the opportunity to observe Ron in the courtroom several years ago and was so impressed by his knowledge of the law and his dedication to his clients, that I knew if I ever needed an attorney, I would hire him. Since that time I have had two situations where I have turned to him for legal help. I am always so impressed by his positive attitude, his diligence and his integrity. I have referred several people to him over the years and will continue to do so. By far the best attorney I've ever interacted with.
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Posted by Suzette Fisher | April 20, 2017
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Cannot find a better group of attorneys than Ron Wilkinson and his colleagues.
Ron Wilkinson and his staff stood by my side through a very difficult divorce and custody battle, working tirelessly to bring about the best possible resolution for my children and me. You simply will not find an attorney who cares more, works harder, is more connected, and knows the law like he and his staff do.
Posted by John | April 20, 2017
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Ron is one of the best choices that I ever made
Ron jumped into a very difficult divorce and immediately went to work and go the ball rolling. His experience with child custody is almost 2nd to none. He helped settle my divorce out of court with a great outcome. One of the things that I appreciate most about Ron was his ability to always remain positive. Divorce is a terrible time but Ron has a special gift of helping you keep your spirits up. I can't say enough good things about him and his staff.
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Posted by Loren | April 20, 2017
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One of the best in Utah County
I have been divorced for over ten years now and have been to court several times. I've seen other, less effective lawyers in that time and wouldn't risk my children's well being with less experienced lawyers. It makes a big difference having someone like Ron on your side.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Heritage Law Offices, Inc.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Office of Guardian ad Litem
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Guardian ad Litem Attorney
  • Office of Guardian ad Litem
  • 1992 - 2001

Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Associations

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Purple Ribbon Award
  • Utah County Domestic Violence Coalition
  • 2010
  • Child Advocate Award
  • Division of Child and Family Services and Utah Foster Parents
  • 1996
  • Best Oralist
  • Jerome Prince National Moot Court Competition
  • 1989

Publications

  • Education and Legal Perspectives
  • "The Future of a Moment of Silence in Public Schools, Will the Proponents Have Their Prayers Answered?"
  • 1989
  • Education and Legal Perspectives
  • "The First Amendment and the Teaching of Evolution in Public Schools"
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Parental Defense Alliance Conference
  • "Ethics and the Law"
  • 2014
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate Certification Training
  • "Becoming a Child Advocate"
  • 2001
  • BYU Pre-Law Society
  • "So You Want to Be a Lawyer?"
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (20)
Endorse Ronald
Child custody Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a fantastic divorce attorney. Would highly recommend."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ron and I have worked together on a family law case. He does a great job of representing his client. I would highly recommend his services."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.I have had the opportunity to work with Ron as opposing legal counsel on a few cases. He is a diligent attorney who pursues his clients' cases above his own interests. He is a great choice for a family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ron Wilkinson for 30 years. He is intelligent, articulate, and a fine attorney. I recommend him highly."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ron for many years and endorse him without any reservation. He knows the law and is a great advocate for his clients in helping them resolve difficult issues."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ron is a great attorney who in my interactions with him looks for practical solutions and opportunities to settle difficult family law matters. I also admire his concern for the children involved in each case, as they often are not technically represented. That's the mark of a professional."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Ron is a man of character and integrity.He is brilliant in the court room. I have known Ron for several years and highly recommend him."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ron is a great attorney in the divorce and child custody areas and is able to handle some of the toughest cases while remaining professional and good to work with."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ron is the lawyer I refer my own friends and family to, so that speaks to the confidence that I have in him. Ron has experience as a Guardian ad Litem and a background in psychology that give him extraordinary insights into family law that many others lack. He also has experience in both the District and Juvenile court systems. Having worked with Ron on some very high conflict cases over the past decade, I have seen his prowess in the courtroom, his cool head in negotiations, and his kind heart with hurting families. You can't go wrong with Ron."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known and worked with Ron for over 13 years and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice. Ron has experience in both District and Juvenile Court, which is rare in this area. You would be well served with Ron Wilkinson as your attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ron has a great deal of experience and expertise in family law. I have referred many cases to him. Ron has particular skills in the area of custody due to his background as a Guardian ad Litem and his Ph.d. coursework in psychology. I have a lot of respect for Ron."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with Ron as co-counsel and opposing counsel on numerous cases over the years. He is one of the greatest trial attorneys I have witnessed. He is prepared, articulate, and well spoken. I have referred numerous clients to Ron over the years who have reported positive experiences. He provides a level of expertise with his experience as a former Guardian Ad Litem."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ron is a pleasure to work with or against in divorce cases and is widely regarded as an expert in child custody, child protection and special master matters. He handles matters aggressively and professionally for his clients."
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Orem Divorce and separation Lawyer Ronald D Wilkinson
Ronald D Wilkinson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Orem, UT
Licensed for 33 years