Brett R. Parkinson
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Brett began his legal career as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. While there, Brett oversaw investigations, managed prosecutions and tried a wide variety of criminal matters, including but not limited to identity theft, narcotics, immigration and violent crimes. Brett also served as Section Chief of the Immigration Unit, International Coordinator, and Coordinator of Utah’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.

After leaving the United States Attorney’s Office in 2011, Brett joined a boutique law firm, the Law Offices of Robert W. Jackson, A.P.C., in San Diego County. In 2015, recognizing Brett’s contributions, the firm name was changed to Jackson & Parkinson, Trial Lawyers. During his time in San Diego, Brett broadened his legal practice by representing individuals harmed by the negligence of others. Initially his practice involved personal injury and other related matters, but, over time, it evolved into a niche area of wildfire litigation. Over the past eight years Brett has represented hundreds of individuals and business owners who lost homes and/or had property destroyed by wildfires started through the negligence of a third party. The following are representative wildfire cases in Utah and California:

2007 San Diego Fires
2012 Wood Hollow Fire
2015 Butte Fire
2016 Erskine Fire
2017 North Bay Fires
2017 Thomas Fire
2018 Camp Fire
2018 Woolsey Fire

Brett has tried numerous civil and criminal trials and also has expertise in pharmaceutical mass tort, disability and criminal defense litigation. Brett’s calm and aggressive approach in representing his clients inspires trust and makes him a remarkably effective advocate.

Brett was included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs and in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.  He was also selected for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers (2008) as a Rising Star.

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California Western School of Law, J.D., 2003

  • magna cum laude

Brigham Young University, B.S. Business Management (Finance Emphasis), 1999

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Utah Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • American Association for Justice
  • Graduate of Jerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College

Prior Professional Experience

  • Jackson & Parkinson, Trial Lawyers
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Utah
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Judge Dee Benson, United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Judge Monroe J. McKay, United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional and Civic Activity

  • Recognition for leadership related to the ICE National Gang Unit and Utah’s Operation Community Shield Transnational Threat Team and for helping to establish the nation’s inaugural ICE-led Gang Task Force in Utah (2010)
  • Recipient of the United States Attorney’s Award (2008)

Publications / Presentations

  • D. Russell Hymas & Brett R. Parkinson, Comment, Architectural Barriers Under the ADA: An Answer to the Judiciary's Struggle with Technical Non-Compliance, 39 CAL. W. L. REV. 349 (2003)
  • Brett Parkinson & Andrew Choate, Padilla v. Kentucky: A Threat to Uninformed Prosecutors, The Utah Prosecutor, Mar. 2011

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State of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals