Mark Shurtleff &
From Jan. 2001 to Jan. 2013 I had the opportunity to serve as Utah’s Attorney General. Since that first year, my focus has been on protecting Utah’s families and children to great success.
Before 2000, Utah was notorious for nearly leading the country in Meth labs per capita. I went before the legislature on this meth problem and fought for better laws. Then I focused on tough enforcement and today, Utah is among the lowest states in the country for meth production.
One of the newer problems in Utah is in the troubling area of internet predators. To combat this societal problem, I have it a priority to educate Utah parents and children about Internet safety. Today, Utah leads the nation in the per capita number of Internet predators caught (which I am not proud of) but also in the number of people trained in Internet safety.
Some of the other things I have done include: Increasing the prosecution of individuals involved in drug production and distribution. I helped initiate Utah’s award-winning AMBER Alert plan, and helped in the capture of dangerous criminals throughout the state. I also led the mortgage fraud task force and received national recognition for protecting consumers and home buyers from mortgage fraud throughout the state.
As a fiscal conservative and social liberal, I understand that preserving our rights best allows Utahans’ to live safe and productive lives, as free as possible from government intrusions.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and my law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. I was also educated at the Naval Justice School (I served in the United States Navy), and the University of San Diego School of Law. In the Navy, I worked as a Judge Advocate General (military attorney) and I have also worked in private practice in both Utah and California.
After 6 years at VF, I’ve moved back into my old office at 4873 S. State Street, Murray, where I’m prosecuting civil rights claims and mediating personal injury cases, an area where I’ve got some experience. In 1994 I won my first jury trial. I’d been admitted to practice for two months. My Uncle Jack had a great case. Damien Greevy was 12 years old when a guy who had lost his license for drunk driving woke up one day, took his wife’s car without her permission, and later slammed it into the Greevy’s car, breaking Damien’s legs and face. There was only one problem with the case – the $10,000 insurance limits. So, Uncle Jack handed it off to me and I won my first jury trial – $340,000. In 1997 we won summary judgment on the “bad faith” and malpractice claims (waiver “no permissive use” defense). Uncle Jack collected every penny, stuffed a handful of them into my pocket, and I packed my car and moved to Park City, Utah. Since that first trial, I’ve prosecuted and defended hundreds of property and casualty claims. I’ve also won a broad range of civil cases including police brutality, medical malpractice, securities fraud, civil rights, construction defect, commercial contracts and insurance coverage. I’ve tried more than 50 jury trials in New York, Utah and Arizona.
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