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FOURTH DISTRICT COURT JUDGES



PRESIDING JUDGE DAROLD J. MCDADE

PRESIDING JUDGE DAROLD J. MCDADEJudge Darold J. McDade was appointed to the Fourth District Court in July 2007 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. He graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1990. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a section chief in the Provo section of the Utah Attorney General's Office, Child and Family Support Division, representing the Office of Recovery Services. He served as a volunteer judge pro tem in the Fourth District Court-Small Claims Division-from 2004 to 2007. Judge McDade was also an elected member of the Pleasant Grove City Council from 2000 to 2007 and is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. 7/07


ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE JAMES BRADY

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE JAMES BRADYJudge M. James Brady was appointed to the Fourth District Court in May 2010 by Gov. Gary Herbert. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Brady graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1982. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Brady was in private practice as a trial attorney with the firm of Bradford & Brady for 26 years. He served as a Deputy City Attorney for Provo (1982-1984) as City Attorney for Mapleton (1990-2003), and later served as on the Mapleton City Council (2005-2006) and as Mayor of Mapleton (2006-2007). He served on the Utah County Board of Adjustment for many years, and as chairman of the Board of Adjustment for a few of those years. He currently serves as judge in Juab and Millard counties, and also hears matters in specialty courts in Juab, Millard and Utah counties. 3/11


JUDGE JENNIFER A. BROWN

JUDGE JENNIFER A. BROWNJudge Jennifer A. Brown was appointed to the Fourth District Court in December 2014 by Governor Gary Herbert. She serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Brown was a partner with Tesch Law Offices in Park City. She also practiced law as both corporate in-house counsel and associate at various law firms in Salt Lake City. Judge Brown received a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School. 5/15


JUDGE LYNN W. DAVIS

JUDGE LYNN W. DAVISJudge Lynn W. Davis was appointed to the Fourth Circuit Court in April 1987 and the Fourth District Court in June 1992 by Governor Norman H. Bangerter. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah and Wasatch counties. He received a law degree from J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1976. From 1976 to 1979, Judge Davis was in private practice and served as a deputy Utah County Attorney from 1979 to 1987. He is a past chair of the Board of Circuit Court Judges and is chair of the Board of District Court Judges. Judge Davis has received the Utah State Bar Judge of the Year Award, the Excellence in Public Service Award, the Utah State Bar Distinguished Service Award, the Freedom of Information Award, and was recently named a 2007 Honored Alumnus at BYU. He is the chair of the Utah State Court Interpreter and Translation Panel and also serves on a national Advisory Committee on Court Interpretation. 05/08


JUDGE ROGER GRIFFIN

JUDGE ROGER GRIFFINJudge Roger W. Griffin was appointed to the Fourth District Court in June 2014, by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah and Wasatch counties. Judge Griffin obtained his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1993. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Utah State University in 1989. Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Griffin was the chief litigation officer for a multi-state law firm. While in private practice, Judge Griffin was selected as a Legal Elite by the Utah Business Magazine four separate times. He has also served as a mentor for the Utah State Bar Association's New Lawyer Training Program. In 2008, Judge Griffin was appointed chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Fork Library and served for six years in that capacity. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Community Service Award from American Fork City. 5/17


JUDGE ANTHONY HOWELL

 


JUDGE CHRISTINE S. JOHNSON

JUDGE CHRISTINE S. JOHNSONJudge Christine S. Johnson was appointed to the Fourth District Court in October 2008 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. She serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Johnson received her Juris Doctor in 1996 from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. She worked as a judicial clerk in the Fourth Judicial District before beginning her practice as a criminal defense attorney at the Utah County Public Defenders Association in 1997. Judge Johnson was ultimately designated as that office's deputy director and served in that capacity from 1999 through 2003. She was employed as the assistant city attorney and city prosecutor at Spanish Fork City from 2003 until her appointment to the bench. From 2009 through 2015, Judge Johnson served on the Standing Committee on Judicial Branch Education, which oversees the continuing education of judges and court staff in Utah. Judge Johnson presently serves as a member of the Board of District Court Judges and as Chair of the Criminal Justice Roundtable. 5/17


JUDGE THOMAS LOW

JUDGE THOMAS LOW Judge Thomas Low was appointed to the Fourth District Court in December 2009 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Low received a juris doctorate, with honors, from Brigham Young University, where he was admitted into the Order of the Barristers. He also received a bachelor of arts degree from Brigham Young University. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Low served six years as the Wasatch County Attorney. He was named County Attorney of the Year in November 2008, and was identified as a member of the 2009 Utah Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine. Prior to his service as a county attorney, he served as a deputy Wasatch County attorney, where he prosecuted felony cases, and as an attorney in private practice in Provo. Judge Low is a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission and of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. 10/13


JUDGE ROBERT C. LUNNEN

JUDGE ROBERT C. LUNNENJudge Robert C. Lunnen was appointed to the Fourth District Court in December 2016 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves in Utah, Wasatch, Juab, and Millard counties. Judge Lunnen received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University in 1982. He obtained his law degree in 1985 from Loyola University, School of Law, New Orleans. Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Lunnen served as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice for 21 years. He was the Criminal Chief of the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Utah when he retired. During his career with the Department of Justice, he served two details as the Judicial Attaché in Bogota, Colombia and in Kabul, Afghanistan. Judge Lunnen speaks fluent Spanish and has taught judicial advocacy for prosecutors throughout Central and South America and at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. During his legal career, Judge Lunnen also served as a city attorney, assistant attorney general and as a private practitioner. Judge Lunnen is currently assigned to the American Fork Department of the Fourth District Court. 1/17


COMMISSIONER THOMAS PATTON

 


JUDGE KRAIG POWELL

 


JUDGE DEREK P. PULLAN

JUDGE DEREK P. PULLANJudge Derek P. Pullan was appointed to the Fourth District Court in September 2003 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. He received a law degree from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1993, graduating cum laude. Judge Pullan worked as a law clerk at the Utah Supreme Court from 1993 to 1994. He served as a deputy county attorney in Washington and Wasatch counties from 1994 to 1999. Judge Pullan was appointed and subsequently elected to serve as the Wasatch County Attorney from 1999 to 2003. As county attorney, he acted as the elected felony prosecutor and as legal counsel to the county legislative body and executive branch. Judge Pullan was elected presiding judge in 2007 and served two terms. He is an adjunct professor at J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University where he teaches the law of evidence. Judge Pullan has been a member of the Utah Supreme Court Committee on the Civil Rules of Procedure since 2008. During the past three years, that committee has proposed substantial revisions to the civil rules aimed at reducing the cost of litigation and providing increased access to the courts. 7/11


JUDGE JAMES R. TAYLOR

JUDGE JAMES R. TAYLORJudge James R. Taylor was appointed to the Fourth District Court in February 1999 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Taylor has presided over an adult Drug Court in Utah County since 2002. He was named Adjunct Professor of the Year for the School of Business at UVSC in 2006. Judge Taylor was previously the presiding judge for the Fourth District Court and presently serves on the Board of District Court Judges. Judge Taylor was a Joseph Fielding Smith Scholar at Brigham Young University in 1973. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1980. He was in general private practice and served as Spanish Fork City Attorney before becoming a Deputy Utah County Attorney in 1987. 10/13

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