Criminal Defense Representative Cases

Primary Practice Contacts: Richard Van Wagoner, Samuel Alba, and Nathan Crane


Our criminal defense attorneys have an enviable record of success in numerous cases, including number of high profile cases that have been given substantial media coverage.

A few of these cases are as follows:

  • Defending Utah’s former Attorney General

Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was arrested and charged with ten felonies including receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with witnesses and evidence, and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.  Shurtleff steadfastly asserts his innocence.  Our team is defending Shurtleff against these allegations.  In this highly publicized ongoing case, the firm has succeeded so far in separating Shurtleff’s case from that of his successor, John Swallow. In addition, the firm successfully fought subpoenas demanding that Shurtleff testify in the Marc Sessions Jenson communications fraud trial.

  • Defending bicycle manufacturer against trademark infringement lawsuit

We are representing a global bicycle manufacturer and distributor sued in Utah District Court for trademark infringement.  Plaintiff is a Utah company that manufactures wheels, forks, seat posts, handlebars and stems along with composite tubes for custom bicycle frame builders.  Our team is defending the bicycle manufacturer against these allegations.

  • Defending global drug manufacturer in Utah

We are representing a global healthcare manufacturer of prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products.  One of the client’s painkillers was associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and the manufacturer stopped selling the drug and agreed to pay a settlement (which was not an admission of any liability or wrongdoing).  The manufacturer retained our team for representation in Utah against related product liability lawsuits.

  • Defending a limited liability company

We defended a civil RICO matter filed in the Central District of California at Los Angeles.

  • 28 SC&M Criminal Defense Supreme Court reverses convictions of real estate developers

Following a criminal jury trial, our clients were convicted of three counts of failure to file a proper tax return and one count of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity (but acquitted of all counts of tax evasion).   An appeal to the Supreme Court of Utah resulted in the Court reversing the counts and a remand to the trial court with instructions to enter a judgment of acquittal.

  • Federal judge says mayor did not defame

We represented a former mayor of West Valley City, Utah who wrote articles under a pseudonym. In one particular published article, the mayor stated that a contract employee of a fiber optics network, had been accused of extortion in court documents in an employee dispute.  This contract employee filed a defamation lawsuit against the mayor, West Valley City and Deseret Digital Media.  The suit was dismissed by a federal judge and the employee appealed.  The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld.

  • Federal Acquittals in Fur Breeder’s Cooperative Bombing

We represented one of three defendants who went to trial in the fire-bombing of the Fur Breeder’s Cooperative which also included the pipe-bombing of four vehicles.  The jury delivered not guilty verdicts on all 26 counts against the three defendants, two of whom were facing life in federal prison without the possibility of release.

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