Pona is the eldest son of a Tongan-Immigrant Father and Native American Mother. After graduating from Granite High School in South Salt Lake, Pona attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Business Management. During law school, Pona clerked for the Brigham Young University Office of the General Counsel. After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU in 2014, Pona began a clerkship in the 4th District Court of Utah.
Pona enjoyed practicing law with a boutique business law firm in Utah County focusing on civil litigation involving issues like misappropriation of trade secrets and binding arbitration from franchise agreements. At this time Pona found a knack for winning attorney's fees disputes; saving clients thousands of dollars, while also maintaining an estate planning practice. After gaining experience in the civil field, Pona began his work with the Utah County Attorney's Office in the Civil Division in 2016. While in the Civil Division, Pona coordinated with Department heads like the County Health Department and the Department of Alcohol Prevention and Treatment. Pona was also succesful in Defending Utah County in claims for access to Government Records (GRAMA), winning at the Utah Court of Appeals level.
In a quest for learning and new experiences, Pona joined the Utah County Attorney's Office's Criminal Division and began prosecuting cases in Justice Court where he handled hundreds of cases from Drug Possession to DUI and Domestic Violence. After a short time Pona was assigned as the prosecutor in Juvenile Court, where he gained experience in serious crimes such as; rape, sexual abuse of a child, aggrevated assault and attempted murder. As a felony prosecutor in District Court, Pona hanlded assault, drug, DUI, and a number of other types of cases. Pona's experience is not typical of most attorneys, but it's what provides him with the ability to help clients in a unique way.
In his spare time, Pona can be found coaching his sons' sports teams, barbecuing while throwing a football around, wrestling with his children, and playing basketball with friends. He is lucky enough to be married to his lovely wife of 16 years.
|Brigham Young University||BS - Bachelor of Science||2008|
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