Bret W. Rawson

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.

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.

Bret grew up in a Marine Corps family and lived throughout the country before initially

coming to Utah in 1990. During his eight years in Virginia between 1998 and 2006 he

worked for the Federal Government and then as a public relations executive and sales

professional while attending law school. He eventually returned to Utah where he

eventually ran in a Special Election for Utah Attorney General in 2014. In the decade

prior to law school Bret’s experience included extensive work in the area of public

relations and marketing, at the executive level, in Utah’s robust consumable health

products industry.


The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (2006)

Juris Doctor

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.