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Theodore R Weckel Jr.

Family Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

4.9   13 reviews

also known as Ted Weckel

  • State Years
    Utah - UT 28 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felonies and Misdemeanors, State and Federal

    31 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    All Aspects of Divorce, Mediation

    24 years

  3. Family
    Paternity, Child Custody, Guardianship, DCFS, Juvenile Delinquency, Protective Orders, Stalking Injunctions, Appeals< Modifications of Divorce Decrees, Relocation

    24 years

  4. Tax
    Audits, Offers in Compromise, Tax Court

    33 years

I served as a Small Claims Judge Pro Tempore from 2012 to 2018. I performed this service 2-3 times per month in the Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County Justice Courts. I have practiced in the areas of family law, Hague Convention child abduction cases, criminal defense, tax controversies, and bankruptcy during the course of my career. I have tried hundreds of cases to verdict, and am a very experienced trial and appellate lawyer.

I keep abreast of changes in the law by attending continuing legal education courses inall four areas of law on a regular basis. I have appeared before judges and hearing commissioners throughout the State of Utah since 1999. I became licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia in 1991, and practiced law there for six years.  I was a member of the Virginia State Bar from 1997-2010.  I am also a member of the American Bar Association's Family Law and International Law Sections.

Regarding family law, I have been a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for several years. This organization consists of clinical psychologists and family law attorneys and meets annually several times to discuss the best practice to deal with family law issues. I have attended several of their continuing legal education courses and regularly review their quarterly publications. I have represented scores of clients with family law matters in Utah since 1999. I have served as a private guardian ad litem in Utah. I also served as a private guardian ad litem in Washington, DC, for approximately six years.

Regarding Hague Convention child abduction cases, I have represented clients in both State and federal court on this kind of case.  The cases move quickly, and if there is a valid defense, a party can schedule a trial also very quickly.  I have found that because State court judges have more experience in child custody matters generally, the State Court is a better forum to bring these kinds of cases.  A knowledge of international law is not needed when the case is filed in the United States.

Regrading criminal law, I was appointed counsel through the federal Criminal Justice Act in Washington, DC for approximately six years, and then in Utah for approximately five years. I have represented criminal defendants in serious cases like murder, armed carjacking, distribution of controlled substances, and sexual molestation of a minor – as well as various kinds of misdemeanor charges. I have represented a client on Utah’s death row, have argued his State habeas case before the Utah Supreme Court, and petitioned for the issuance of a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court on his case.

I have also argued several appellate cases before various appellate courts, i.e., the Utah Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the United States Tenth Circuit. I have approximately 20 published appellate opinioins, have petitioned the United States Supreme Court for the issuance of a writ of certiorari seven times, and have argued before the U.S. Tenth Circuit in Denver six times.

Regarding tax law, I worked for the IRS for approximately ten years either as a Revenue Officer, a Congressional Liaison, or as an Assistant District Counsel. I have reviewed several offers in compromise, reviewed IRS audits, and represented IRS before the US Tax Court. As a revenue officer, I was assigned scores of collection cases, and became intimately aware of the collection process – including how offers and compromises are prepared and accepted.

I believe that being well versed in these areas of law makes me a more effective advocate, counselor, and negotiator for my clients. Frequently issues arise in one are of law which involve other areas of law. 

I offer a thirty minute free consultation. Please give me a call to discuss your case. I work in the Wells Fargo Building downtown and have free parking validation. Thanks.


Ted Weckel, Attorney at Law
299 S Main St
Suite 1300
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-2463

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Posted by Ryan Wasek | March 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Thorough and Professional
Mr. Weckel represented us in a complicated child custody case that lasted over one year. We are so grateful to have had his representation in this matter. Ted is very responsive, understanding of the deep personal issues, and has vast experience in cases like ours. We had to involve a PGAL for the children who Ted was familiar with, and turned out for the best. We had to attend multiple hearings which Ted was always well prepared for. Our 5 year custody battle ended in our favor after finally hiring Ted to finish the job a prior attorney failed to do. Attorney fees are not cheap, and Ted has always been willing to work with us. I will recommend Ted to anyone I know that may be in similar situations, witch I would not wish on my worst enemy.
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Posted by Jeff | February 25, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Exceptional attorney. Mr. Weckel treated me as if I was his only client. We never met in person because I live in another state but he always made himself available to me. Anytime something happened with my case I was immediately updated and any questions I had by email were answered the same day even on weekends. He is very knowledgeable about the law and ethical in his approach. Most importantly he cared about my family and kept my daughter's safety a top priority. An awesome attorney and an even better man. I couldn't have asked for more or better service.
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Posted by Matt | April 13, 2018
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Matthew M. Milicich
If anyone goes to Mr. Weckel's website, pay special attention to the ENTIRE site. In the section he has named, "Your Best Legal Strategy in Utah", Mr. Weckel states exactly HOW he will advocate for you. Here is only one quote from that section: "respectful discussion of the issues is much more effective". This was very impressive to me since I have very seldom seen any attorney with such a description of HOW they will advocate for their client. Mr. Weckel did not and can't guarantee the outcome of any case. What he does do is a thorough review of ALL angles of the case from ALL viewpoints. He is thoroughly prepared for his cases, even in a last minute hiring over the phone from the courthouse, which is what I did. When I say all viewpoints, I mean ALL. He is a Judge and has sat on the bench. This gives him a unique insight on HOW to present a case. Most attorney's do not have this experience. In addition, he is VERY FAIR with his rates. In closing, for anyone who reads this who thinks I have received or will receive anything kind of special favor for writing this would be correct in that thinking. Mr. Weckel treated my wife and I very well during our very stressful legal issues. In fact, he is the BEST attorney I have ever used and will call on his services in the future as long as he still practices law in Utah.
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Posted by Wesley | April 5, 2018
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First Class
My wife and I have used Ted more than we would have liked to have had to use him for many years now; meaning my old divorce is probably more contentious than most. I have the type of divorce in which my new wife and I pretty much maintain him on retainer and have a good amount of experience with him. He is an excellent attorney. His writing/motions are clear and concise. When you meet with him he is conscious of your time and money and doesn't allow you to waste time talking about things that aren't legally significant to your case. He will tell you when you are wrong, which gives him more credibility when he tells you that you are right. He is second to none at examination/cross-examination of witnesses. He litigates and presents well in trial and other court hearings. He is a great appellant attorney. He does not fluster easily. He is always punctual and professional. My one piece of advise to anyone reading this would be to hire him before your ex-spouse does.
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Posted by Debbie | November 2, 2017
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Excellent Attorney! Gets the dispute settled quickly. Would definitely use him again.
Ted Weckel is an excellent attorney! He is kind and listens to you, yet he stands strong against the other party and doesn't allow them to push you around. I had been battling the other party for 10 months, then I hired Ted and he resolved everything in just a few weeks. I would describe him as very "firm and persuasive", very smart and professional. He quickly persuaded the other party to give me a settlement for the amount I wanted so I didn't even have to go to court! He is wonderful. I would definitely use Ted Weckel again in any legal dispute.
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Posted by Natalie | September 10, 2017
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Awesome Divorce Lawyer
When I started into the paperwork for a divorce I hadn't hired a lawyer. I was hoping that my ex-husband would just do it the easy way and sign the papers and let me go. However, I found myself having to hire a lawyer because he did. I am so grateful that I hired Ted as my laywer. He was so helpful in helping me to understand what my rights were and what laws stood behind me. He helped me to get the alimony that my ex-husband was fighting so hard not to pay. He made my divorce a lot easier then I thought it would be and I am truly grateful for all the hard work that he did on my behalf. He listened to what I needed and he followed through with everything that we talked about. I would highly recommend him if you are seeking a great divorce lawyer. He is honest and will tell it like it is. He will stand in your court and defend you at every angle. That is what he did for me and I know that he has done that for others.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2017
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Divorce and Child Custody
My daughter, in her young 20's, was trying to complete the online paperwork to file for divorce. There were marital assets and a child to consider. It was nearly impossible to work through the paperwork on our own. We originally contacted Ted as a consultant to help with the filing. As things became more difficult with the soon-to-be ex, we hired Ted to be legal counsel. Ted is a no-nonsense kind of guy. If you want to cry on someone's should and have a pity party - look elsewhere - find a therapist. If you want an attorney, who will speak the truth, find reasonable settlements, and keep you on track, he is your attorney. I felt that he dealt fairly with my daughter and helped her prioritize the important issues and let go of the petty things. I truly hope that she never needs an attorney again, but if she does, we will go back to Ted.
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Posted by Jason | July 7, 2017
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Family resolutions
I recently hired Ted as my council for family law practices. He does an outstanding job by both offering legal representation as well as friendly advice. I knows where to put forth energy, time, and effort and where to not to. He's very efficient at what he does all while being very thorough in any litigation process. I would highly recommend Ted for all your legal needs.
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Posted by Richard | October 18, 2016
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Ted is a very knowledgeable experienced attorney. My case was very difficult and lengthy. He was able to handle the challenging and stressfulness encounters of my case. He remained calm and supportive throughout all the proceedings. He gave sound advice, but was willing to listen and try to see things for what they were. I have and will continue to recommend/refer him to others in need.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2016
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Superior capability
Ted Weckel is a very capable lawyer. In every way he demonstrated fist class professionalism, knowledge, and efficiency in his services during my divorce. I have two close relatives who are Utah divorce lawyers, and who have worked many divorce cases. The reviewed Ted's work for me, and concur that Ted did an outstanding job. I can wholeheartedly recommend Ted to anyone.
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Posted by Sara | October 11, 2016
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Kind, Intelligent, Capable Lawyer
Ted Weckel is a kind, intelligent, and wise man, whose strong sense of integrity and genuine concern for his client was evident in every interaction I had with him. Throughout a very tedious and difficult divorce and child custody litigation process, Ted kept me well informed, and was unfailingly patient with my concerns and sensitive to my situation. I always felt that his defense upheld my best interests and those of my child. Faced with a difficult and very aggressive opposing attorney, Ted maintained the highest standards of ethical legal practice, allowing his impressive knowledge, broad experience, and sound judgment to win the day. I felt confident and blessed that Ted was there to defend me, and I would recommend his services to others without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2013
Excellent Attorney with Unqualified Superior Results in Our Tax Case
My specific experience rates Mr. Weckel as excellent. He used his broad knowledge and experience as an IRS Tax attorney and as a fair and tenacious champion of fair practice and truth in our tax dealings. He used his expansive knowledge of tax law to make an unbearable case at-least tolerable against all odds caused by a mishandling of our case by an incompetent tax lawyer representative. The positive results were very hard to come by, which makes Mr. Weckel's results all the more impressive. He didn't give up and took the misrepresentation as a professional breach of conduct to cause even the other attorney to admit wrong-doing "after the fact." Mr. Weckel's conduct was exemplary and utterly superior to any other I have experienced.
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Posted by Katherine | October 5, 2016
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Good Lawyer
Mr. Weckel was very patient and understanding of our situation. He gives us all the information and resources needed to make sure that we were able to accomplish our legal needs.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • Utah Courts, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Solo Practititoner
  • 1993 - 2017
  • Law Clerk, Judge Stephen Swift
  • United States Tax Court
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Revenue Officer, Congressional Liaison, Attorney
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1978 - 1992
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  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Northwestern University
  • M.A.T.
  • 1976
  • Grinnell College
  • A.B.
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Menzies v. Utah
  • Habeas relief was denied on many ineffective assistance of counsel claims.
  • Gullickson v. Gullickson, 2013 UT App 83, 301 P.3d 1011
  • I had the District Court judge's ruling overturned in part.


  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Superior Performance Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1986
  • Special Act Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1981

Speaking Engagements

  • First Year Students, University of Utah Law School
  • Legal Research
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (14)
Endorse Theodore
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I love litigating against attorneys who are rigorous and active on their case but who keep in mind that clients have cost concerns and other concerns that limit the ability to go to trial. Ted will absolutely "go to the mat" for a client but he also assists his clients in doing reasonable risk and cost analysis. It's a pleasure to be on the other side of a case with an attorney who is professional and courteous. If only clients knew how much mutual respect helps settle the case and decreases the stress of litigation! The integrity of our legal community depends on lawyers who are zealous and yet friendly like Ted."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have very much enjoyed getting to know Ted. He and I have a similar desire to reduce the level of contention between lawyers, especially in family law. He can be opposing counsel, and a strong advocate, but that doesn't mean he will be a poor colleague. He shares my desire to share knowledge, being a support, and assist if you need someone to bounce ideas, legal issues and ways to resolution. He is a Small Claims Judge, so, he's Judge to me - he just smiles at that. He's not arrogant and prideful, so there is nothing in the way of working together, no matter the situation. I am happy to have him as a good colleague. Emily"
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Weckel and I have had some very interesting legal battles opposite one another. I found his expertise to be very impressive. When needed he has been very assertive with the judge and actually changed the judge's mind on a few occasions when it was seemingly already made up. Only an experienced attorney gets that kind of respect in the courtroom. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ted Weckel is a highly intelligent, diligent, and zealous advocate for his clients. He is capable, dedicated, and ethical. I would recommend him highly to future clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Weckel is a very good attorney with a great deal of experience in trial and civil procedure. He is a passionate advocate who I would trust to handle my own sister's case, if she had one. I have had several cases with him, each of which was a very difficult custody case. Each time, I have been impressed with the quality of representation Mr. Weckel has provided for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Ted for a few years now. He has always been prepared and ready to fight for his clients. He is also super pleasant to interact with on a professional level."
General practice Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Ted as an opposing attorney and also as a mediator. Ted works diligently for his clients. He is knowledgeable regarding family law and provides excellent representation for his clients. While I have only dealt with Ted in Family law matters, he has an excellent reputation in criminal law and tax matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and can recommend him for any complex or routine family law matters. He has a depth of experience in not only family law, but also tax, criminal, children's justice, and appeals which is an impressive background for any litigator. Ted is always interested in skill building and is a trained Guardian Ad Litem representing children in critical situations. Ted is always courteous, responsive and available to colleagues and clients without hesitation. I endorse this attorney without hesitation for any family law matter."
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Salt Lake City Family Lawyer Theodore R Weckel Jr.
Theodore R Weckel Jr.
Family Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 32 years