Former U.S. Attorney Brett L. Tolman Joins RQ&N
December 23, 2009
Ray Quinney & Nebeker is pleased to announce that Brett L. Tolman has joined the firm as a Shareholder. Mr. Tolman will focus his practice on corporate compliance, lobbying & government relations, white collar criminal defense and general litigation.
John Adams, RQ&N Managing Director, said: “We are excited to welcome former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman to Ray Quinney & Nebeker. Brett brings energy, impressive skills and a broad range of experience to his new role as a shareholder of our firm. He will enhance our firm’s reputation for, and commitment to, providing our clients with a full range of high quality legal services. We are confident that Brett will excel in private legal practice and continue to make his mark in service to the community.”
“We’re thrilled to have Brett as a partner. His prosecutorial experience brings added depth to our Litigation Section and continues our tradition of providing the finest caliber legal services in Utah,” said Justin Toth, Chair of RQ&N’s Litigation Section.
Prior to joining RQ&N, Mr. Tolman served as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah, a position for which he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2006. As the state’s chief federal law enforcement officer, Mr. Tolman supervised all federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, as well as all civil litigation involving the federal government in Utah.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Mr. Tolman served as Chief Counsel for Crime and Terrorism for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and its Chairman, Senator Arlen Specter, from 2004 to July 2006 and Counsel for Crime and Terrorism for Chairman Orrin Hatch of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 2003 to 2004. During his tenure with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Tolman was responsible for drafting and negotiating passage of several significant pieces of legislation, including the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and additions to the Violence Against Women Act. He also assisted in the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justices and nominees for the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General of the United States.He was honored in the April 9, 2005, issue of the National Journal as one of the most influential staffers on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Tolman served several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Utah. In addition to working in the Violent Crime Section where he prosecuted a variety of felony cases in federal court, including homicide, illegal gun manufacturing, carjacking, robbery, money laundering and bank robbery, Mr. Tolman coordinated Utah Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal anti-gun violence reduction program. As Utah’s PSN Coordinator, Mr. Tolman worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors, community partners, and others to develop one of the nation’s most successful PSN programs. More than 1,000 federal firearms cases were developed and prosecuted under Mr. Tolman’s leadership.
Mr. Tolman received his B.A. in English from Brigham Young University in 1994. He received his J.D., cum laude, in 1998, from Brigham Young University Law School, where he served as Law Review Board Lead Note and Comment Editor. He is admitted to practice in both Utah and Arizona, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court, District of Utah, and the Utah and Arizona Courts of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
“I’ve always said I look forward to each new adventure. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time as U.S. Attorney, I could not be more pleased with the opportunities that await me as a partner at Ray Quinney & Nebeker. I have been more than impressed with the lawyers, professionalism, and vision of this firm. I look forward to adding my name to their ranks and hope to continue to be able to make a difference in our community,” said Tolman.