Brett L. Tolman

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Mr. Tolman is a shareholder and Chair of the Firm’s White Collar, Corporate Compliance, and Government Investigations Section. Mr. Tolman is the former United States Attorney for the District of Utah, and his practice involves assisting large and small companies and individuals in complying with state and federal criminal and civil laws. These matters include investigations alleging simple and complex financial fraud, corporate immigration violations, and other administrative and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Tolman also serves as outside general counsel to numerous clients by providing guidance on legal issues confronting businesses and non-profit organizations ranging from contracts and agreements to the structuring of corporate transactions and business formations.

Prior to serving as US Attorney, Mr. Tolman served as Legal Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. Mr. Tolman has extensive experience navigating complex issues from drafting to enactment into law through Congress. Mr. Tolman is uniquely qualified having worked at the highest levels in both the Executive and Legislative branches of government to assist clients with government relation and lobbying issues at both the state and federal level.

Mr. Tolman maintains an AV Preeminent (4.7) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.  He has also been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation. He has also been selected for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers (2014-2018) in the category of Criminal Defense: White Collar and has been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2011, 2014-2018).

Twitter: @tolmanbrett


  • Selected by the Vera Institute of Justice as one of the most influential people in the criminal justice movement (2018).
  • In 2012, represented client charged with four second degree felonies in a criminal securities fraud case and obtained a dismissal of all charges in the Third Judicial District Court, State of Utah. Such a result is very rare in the criminal system.

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J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D., 1998

  • cum laude
  • BYU Law Review Board, Lead Note and Comment Editor (1997-1998)
  • BYU Law Review Editor (1996-1997)

Brigham Young University, B.A., English, 1994

Affiliations / Memberships

  • National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys (NAFUSA)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Utah State Bar, Constitutional Law Section
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (2008-2009)

Prior Professional Experience

  • United States Attorney, District of Utah. Appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on July 23, 2006 (2006-2009)
  • Chief Counsel for Crime and Terrorism, United States Senate, Judiciary Committee, Chairman Arlen Specter (2005-2006)
  • Counsel, United States Senate, Judiciary Committee, Chairman Orrin Hatch (2004-2005)
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Utah, US Department of Justice (2000-2004)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Chief Judge Dee Benson, United States District Court, Utah (1998-2000)

Professional and Civic Activity

  • Co-Chair, 2015 Interlaw Corporate Compliance, Fraud & Asset Recovery Special Business Team
  • Co-Chair, Utah Unites for Marriage
  • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law, SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (2010-2011)

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United States Supreme Court
Utah State Bar
Arizona State Bar
United States District Court, District of Utah
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit