Utah Business Attorney Nathan Crane

Nathan A. Crane


Nathan is a criminal defense lawyer who primarily represents individuals and companies accused of criminal activity.  Nathan handles all types of criminal cases in both state and federal court.  Nathan aggressively represents adults and juvenile clients responding to search warrants, government investigative demands, summonses, service of subpoenas, and in trial.

Before private practice, Nathan served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Nevada and a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County, Nevada where he prosecuted more than 1,000 felony cases (including white-collar, fraud, sex crimes, and violent crime).  This experience has given Nathan an exceptional perspective in defending his clients.

A unique area of Nathan’s practice involves representing residential treatment facilities including assisted living and hospice care centers in Utah and Nevada.  This work includes conducting internal investigations, assisting the centers’ leadership and staff on how best to manage difficult residents, and determining when to involve local law enforcement (and then coordinate involving them).  He also assists the centers in responding to subpoenas, and when needed, serves as a media spokesperson for all media inquiries relating to investigations and accusations.

Nathan appears regularly in court and has conducted multiple felony jury trials and numerous misdemeanor trials.  He has handled cases and appeared in courtrooms across the country including Utah, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  Nathan has also argued criminal appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nathan also applies his wide-ranging courtroom experience to the firm’s SnowTrial Consulting work.  This highly unique service, provided together with four other SCM trial partners, offers the full range of comprehensive trial preparation and strategic trial consulting to corporations and other law firms nationwide (in civil and criminal cases).

Additionally, Nathan represents victims of crimes including individuals seeking protective orders, and those involved in civil stalking injunctions.

Nathan is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Utah School of Law, where he teaches the white-collar crime class. He serves on the executive committee of the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and co-chairs the FBA’s annual Criminal Law Seminar.

His experience in the area of federal criminal law led him to testify as an expert witness in a case before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, Ireland.  He is a member of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel and is often appointed to defend indigent defendants in federal criminal court.  He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.  Nathan has been a legal commentator on KSL Radio’s “The Night Side Project.”  Nathan has been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America in Criminal Defense: White-Collar, has been recognized in Mountain States Super Lawyers in the category of criminal defense, and has been voted by his peers as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite.”


  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Utah State University, cum laude, 2001

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • Nevada State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Adjunct Associate Professor University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, August 2015 – Present
  • Speaker, Preparing for the Verdict: Pre-trial Research and Juror Focus Groups, Utah Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, May 2019
  • Speaker, War Dogs: A Case Study of United States v. Efraim Diveroli, et al. The Case That Inspired The Major Motion Picture And The New York Times Best Selling Book, Federal Bar Association Criminal Law Seminar, May 2017
  • Speaker, Benefit of Using Trial Prep Consulting Services for Significant Cases, Utah State Bar Summer Convention, July 2016
  • Author, Congress Should Follow Utah’s Lead on Sentencing Reform, Salt Lake Tribune, February 2016
  • Author, Criminal justice reform merits bipartisan support, Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 2016
  • Speaker, Preserving The Chain of Custody for Trial Evidence, Governmental Law Seminar, 2015
  • Speaker, You Have Received A Subpoena For Your Client’s Records, Now What?, Avoiding Legal Trouble for Accountants CPA Seminar, 2013
  • Moderator, Points and Pointers Regarding Bureau of Prison Placement, Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Seminar, 2013
  • Speaker, Law Enforcement: Warrantless Search and Seizure, Governmental Law Seminar, 2013
  • Speaker, Ethics Presentation – The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Avoiding Obstruction of Justice, Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Seminar, 2012
  • Speaker, Advising Clients Facing Federal Criminal Charges, Federal Bar Association, Southern Utah Law Symposium, 2012
  • Speaker, Interdiction Tactics – Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada, 2008
  • Speaker, Methamphetamine: A Deadly Drug – Boy Scouts of America, 2008
  • Speaker, Laws of Arrest: Miranda and Terry Stops – Nevada Department of Public Safety, 2007
  • Speaker, Search and Seizure – Henderson Police Department, Nevada, 2007
  • Speaker, Narcotics Laws and Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs – Nevada Department of Public Safety, Nevada, 2007
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association – Chair, Criminal Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association Utah Chapter – Executive Committee Member
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Trial Consultants
  • Volunteer Coach – Youth Basketball, Football, and Soccer

Unique Recognition – Education

  • Undergraduate: Utah State University, 2001
    • Golden Key National Honors Society
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all claims brought in federal court by a former student against a residential treatment center.
  • Helped secure the return of over $809,000 seized by the government to the client in a high-profile case.
  • Obtained dismissal of all sexual assault charges prior to trial.
  • Obtained release from custody and six months of probation for juvenile selling drugs in a high school.
  • Negotiated a plea in abeyance, return of all property seized, and eventual dismissal of all charges for client accused of running illegal gaming machines in a high-profile case.
  • Secured the return of the clients vehicle that was seized by federal agents.
  • Obtained a hung jury in a high-profile, eight-week, felony trial in Miami, Florida for client charged with major fraud against the United States.
  • Obtained client’s release from custody pending appeal.
  • Obtained client’s release from custody, pending trial, in multiple cases.
  • Obtained probation for client charged with possession of child pornography.
  • Obtained dismissal of all causes of action against client in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Obtained acquittal after three-day jury trial for doctor accused of insurance fraud.
  • Obtained dismissal of dating violence protective order that had been filed against client.
  • Obtained an order vacating the conviction and dismissing the case of a client that retained me after being convicted.
  • Obtained a dismissal of all charges prior to trial for juvenile charged with using a knife in a fight at school.
  • Obtained probation for client charged with multiple drug trafficking felonies.
  • Obtained dismissal of four felonies after conducting a preliminary hearing.
  • Obtained dismissal of temporary protective order.
  • Obtained probation, in high-profile case, for former elected official charged with communications fraud.
  • Obtained a dismissal, in a high-profile case, of all charges prior to trial for client accused of starting a large fire.
  • Obtained a reduction of charges from two felonies to misdemeanor and probation.
  • Obtained a sentence of probation for a client who was facing 87 months under the federal sentencing guidelines.

Outside of the office, Nathan enjoys all things related to his family and sports including scuba diving, snowboarding and coaching his boys in soccer, basketball and football.