Nathanael J. Mitchell


Nathanael Mitchell enjoys helping people solve problems.  His practice ranges from criminal defense to civil litigation.  He has worked in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation, employment, land use, bankruptcy, governmental liability, insurance defense, and white collar defense.

During law school, Nate actively sought out practice opportunities.  He completed an externship with the Honorable Michele M. Christiansen at the Utah Court of Appeals.  He also participated in the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Criminal Clinic, where he was assigned to the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office and prosecuted misdemeanors and assisted with research issues in felony cases under the supervision of an attorney. Nate was also a member of the school’s National Moot Court team.

Following his graduation, Nate served as law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Shelby for the United States District Court, District of Utah.

Nate is a member of our Appellate Practice Group, which assists clients with appealing civil and criminal matters.  The Appellate Practice Group also prepares an Appellate Highlights article for the Utah Bar Journal.  This article, which is published six times a year, highlights notable cases decided by the Utah Supreme Court, Utah Court of Appeals, and Tenth Circuit.

Nate also participates with the firm’s  SnowTrial™ Consulting team, which is chaired by Andrew Morse and Samuel AlbaSnowTrial™ assists clients and outside counsel with understanding civil and criminal matters headed to trial.  The group’s services include mock trials, juror focus groups, and assistance with jury selection.


  • J.D., University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, highest honors, 2013
  • B.A., Utah State University, History and Political Science, 2008

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Speaker, Appellate Issues, Utah Attorney General’s Office, October 2019
  • Speaker, Appellate Highlights, Utah Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, May 2019
  • Speaker, Appellate Updates, SCM Tort and Insurance Seminar, November 2018
  • Speaker, Appeals: What’s New and the Basics You Need to Know, Federal Courthouse, November 2018
  • Speaker, Appellate Case Law Update, Utah Defense Lawyers Association annual meeting, May 2018
  • Speaker, Recent Utah Appellate Cases: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Utah Tort and Insurance Roundtable Discussion, June 2017
  • Speaker, Recent Utah Appellate Cases: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Utah Defense Lawyer’s Association, April 2017
  • Speaker, Navigating the Legal Landscape: Recent Developments & Five Tips for Businesses, Lunch & Learn with The Buckner Company and Nexus IT Consultants, March 2016
  • Co-Author, Justice Sutherland Endures: Sutherland’s Legacy and the Affordable Care Act, Utah Bar J., vol. 26, pg. 38
  • Utah Defense Lawyers, Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Anderson Inn of Court
  • Young Lawyers Division, Board Member, 2015-17
  • Utah State Bar’s Pro Bono Commission, 2015-17

Unique Recognition – Education

  • Law School: University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, highest honors, 2013
    • Order of the Coif
    • National Moot Court Team, National Finalist (Best Brief), 2012-13
    • Utah Law Review, Articles Editor, 2012-13
    • Quinney Fellowship, 2011-12

Outside of the office, Nate enjoys reading, climbing, biking, and playing complex board games with his family and friends.