I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978 with a B.A. in business and from Pepperdine University with a J.D. in 1981. I practiced law in California for a short time before returning home to Utah where, along with Ned Siegfried, we co-founded Siegfried and Jensen and together nurtured the firm’s growth to what is now one of the top personal injury law firms in the Intermountain West.
Working with and helping clients is the most rewarding aspect of my job. I enjoy coming to the office to work with great people on behalf of clients who are doing their best to overcome the greatest obstacles this life can place in their path and together fight with insurance companies and drug companies or other big business to restore the lives of our clients and their families. These clients are some of the most heroic and inspirational people I’ve known and they motivate me every day to do this difficult and frustrating work.
While I’m proud of our legal system and its ideals I have witnessed Injustice for many. Unfortunately the voice of the Insurance industry, the drug manufacturers and other big business is much louder in the legislative halls of the nation and our individual states than our combined individual voices. As a result laws have been passed and are presented each year which diminish our individual liberties for the benefit of profits to these global mega corporations.
For this reason, I’m passionate about defending our constitutional rights and preventing the passage of laws that compromise our guaranteed liberties of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For example, when we are injured the law prevents us from suing the insurance company responsible to the person that injured us. The law doesn’t even permit us to mention the word “insurance” to the jury let alone tell the jury that the insurance company is making all the decisions about resolving the case out of court. It is the insurance company that stands in the way of reconciliation and forgiveness between the wrongdoer and the victim by telling their insured not to apologize for the damage they have caused from their mistakes. It is the insurance company refusing to pay a fair amount for the injuries caused and it is the insurance company that stands to benefit the most if the case goes to court. I think our juries should know these things in order for them to render a fair verdict and in order to motivate insurance companies to treat people fairly rather than force them to court when all the people involved would prefer a fair resolution to expensive long term litigation.
I have been working with lawmakers in Utah for decades to prevent further erosion of our rights that are so fundamental to a free society such as the right to jury trial by informed jurors. It is fundamentally unfair to expect a jury to come to a fair resolution by blindfolding them or even worse by misleading them. I have a great amount of respect for our legislative system and appreciate the hardworking well intentioned people who sacrifice personal and family time to serve for considerable little compensation. I have observed that when they are well informed they make very good law and diligently protect the rights which are so essential to our freedoms.