Juris Doctorate, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • Magna cum laude graduate (top 5%)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in-chief, BYU Law Review
M.B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • Magna cum laude graduate (top 5%)
Certified Public Accountant
  • Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, Orange County, California
  • Touche Ross, Washington, D.C.
B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University
  • Member of honor societies

Work Experience

Managing Director
  • International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU
  • Co-Author of treatise, Religious Organizations and the Law, (4 vols.) (West); Chapters include: Constitutional Law, Corporations, Associations and Trust Law, Fiduciary Duties, Risk Management, Mergers, Divisions and Dissolutions, Bankruptcy, Employment Law, Fundamentals of Litigation, Modern Liability Claims, Public Education, Private Education, Social Services, Healthcare, Marriage and Family Law, Land Use, Immigration Law, Taxation, Finance, Intellectual Property.
  •  Participated in organization and spoke at conferences around the world including: Indonesia, Ghana, Malaysia, Russia, Switzerland, and others.
  • Worked with leaders in law throughout the world.
Shareholder and Chairman
  • Kirton & McConkie, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Chair of corporate and tax department
  • Represented major Utah enterprises, including: Bonneville, International (owner of KSL TV and radio stations), Deseret News, Deseret Book, Zions Securities, Inc., Beneficial Life Insurance, Hawaii Reserves, Inc., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CaseData Corporation,
  • Litigation technology support for major industrial companies including Dow Chemical, General Motors
  • Litigation technology support for large law firms in New York and Washington, D.C.
Tax Attorney
  • Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, Illinois
  • Miller & Chevalier, Washington, D.C.
  • Swidler & Berlin, Washington, D.C.
Judicial clerk
  • State Supreme Court
  • Federal District Court

Public Service

  • State Delegate
  • Precinct Chair
  • Senate Chair
  • Member of the Salt Lake County Republican Party Executive Committee

Personal Background


  • Oldest of 12 children
  • Served a LDS Mission to Chile
  • Married to his sweetheart of 32 years
  • Father of 8 children
  • Currently serves as a Bishop in Cottonwood Heights, where he and his family have lived 14 years
  • Eagle Scout