Bret Rawson is a seasoned trial lawyer. He practices civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense and administrative law in state, federal and administrative courts. He is a partner at Nelson Jones, PLLC, a Utah law firm. In particular, Bret’s practice includes governmental entity defense and the defense of law enforcement officers in internal affairs matters, and before Utah’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), as well as civil rights actions, the defense of healthcare practitioners and other licensees before the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) and defense of
individuals accused of wiretapping, fraud, tax, securities violations and other white collar crimes. Bret is also a reserve police officer for a Utah municipality.
In December 2013, Bret participated as a candidate for Utah’s Attorney General in a Special Election before the Utah GOP’s State Central Committee, held after the early resignation of then AG John Swallow.
Just prior to attending the Marshall-Wythe School of Law (The College of William and Mary in Virginia), Bret worked in the pharmaceutical industry and in public relations for both private and governmental organizations on the East Coast, to include the United States Senate. Bret also has an advanced degree in Mass Communication from Brigham Young University where he studied corporate crisis communications defense strategies (corporate apologia), a topic in which he is published.
The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (2006)
Brigham Young University, College of Fine Arts and Communications (1998)
Master of Arts
Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
Utah State Bar
United States District Court for the District of Utah
Thomsen, Steven R., and Bret Rawson, ‘Purifying a Tainted Corporate Image:
Odwalla’s Response to an E. coli Poisoning,’ Public Relations Quarterly, Fall
1998, pp. 35–46.