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PRESIDING JUDGE ANGELA F. FONNESBECKJudge Angela F. Fonnesbeck was appointed to the First District Juvenile Court in October 2014 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. She serves Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. Prior to this, Judge Fonnesbeck worked in private practice in northern Utah from 2009 to 2014, focusing on family law issues. As part of her practice, she also served as a public defender for Cache County and the cities of Providence, Richmond, Nibley, North Logan, and Hyde Park. Prior to private practice, Judge Fonnesbeck was a shareholder at Hillyard, Anderson & Olsen, P.C. from 2002 to 2009, where she focused on family law matters, criminal defense, juvenile court, and general civil litigation and mediation. She also worked as an associate attorney for Perry, Malmberg and Perry in Logan from 2000 to 2002, where she focused on insurance defense. 12/14


 Judge Kevin K. Allen was appointed to the First District Court in March 2008 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. He serves Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties. Judge Allen grew up in Cache County, graduated from Brigham Young University, and received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. While in law school, Judge Allen was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and after graduation, served in the JAG Corp where he eventually became the lead prosecutor for the Northeast Command and the Tax Officer for the European and Southwest Asia Command. Upon leaving active duty as a Lieutenant Commander, Judge Allen returned to Logan and practiced law primarily in civil matters. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Allen served as president of the Cache County Bar Association. He was also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American and Utah Bar Association's Litigation, Real Property and Estate Planning sections. Judge Allen established and presides over the First District Mental Health Court and presides over the Box Elder County Drug Court. Additionally, Judge Allen was instrumental in establishing the Intermountain Mental Health Court Conference held at Utah State University annually. Judge Allen also serves as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission and is presently serving on the Board of District Court Judges. 3/12


JUDGE BRIAN G. CANNELLJudge Brian G. Cannell was appointed to the First District Court in August 2013 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves in Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. Judge Cannell graduated from Utah State University and received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, both with honors. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Cannell was a practicing attorney and managing shareholder with the law firm of Hillyard, Anderson and Olsen, P.C., where his practice focused primarily on civil matters. Judge Cannell is a former adjunct professor at Utah State University where he taught Mass Media Law focusing on first amendment rights. Judge Cannell has been active with the local bar having served as the Northern Utah Representative of the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah Bar Association, president of the Cache County Bar Association, and president of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Utah. Judge Cannell's community involvement in local nonprofit entities includes the Utah Festival Opera Company, the Bridgerland Applied Technology College Foundation, the Sunshine Terrace Foundation, the Willow Park Zoo Foundation, and the Logan Rotary Club. Judge Cannell currently serves on the First District Court pro-bono committee helping provide access to the courts and legal services for the indigent. 9/14


JUDGE BRANDON J. MAYNARD Judge Brandon J. Maynard was appointed to the First District Court in June 2014 by Governor Gary Herbert. He serves Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Maynard served as the chief criminal deputy county attorney in Box Elder County. Prior to this, Judge Maynard was an associate attorney at Gridley, Ward & Shaw where he handled civil and criminal defense cases. Judge Maynard received a law degree from Creighton University School of Law. 11/14

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Page Last Modified: 1/19/2017
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