Criminal defense experts open office |

Criminal defense experts open office

by Andrew Kirk , OF THE RECORD STAFF

The criminal defense firm Bugden & Isaacson has opened an office in Park City.

The two, most famous for representing FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, said they have enough clients in Summit and Wasatch counties to justify renting space in the Silver Mountain Building at Kimball Junction.

"We’ve always had cases in Park City," Wally Bugden explained. "There are not many offices with a specialty in criminal law."

Right now the office in Suite 203 is open by appointment only, but Bugden and partner Tara Isaacson said they’ll try to meet with people the same day they call. They don’t want to lose any clients because of the distance to their downtown-Salt Lake City offices.

Bugden & Isaacson have handled high-profile cases, but most commonly handle DUI, misdemeanor and felony charges.

There are two reasons to call them, Bugden said. The first is expertise.

"A specialist in wills and trusts isn’t going to know the first thing about getting your father or brother out of jail," he said. "We take a lot of cases to trial and few lawyers have the talent and skill to win acquittals for clients at trial."

And that’s the second reason, he said; they win. Bugden and Isaacson post their win-loss ratio on their website,

"I’ve won four out of my last five jury trials," Isaacson said.

The two have been practicing together for 15 years. Bugden has been practicing for 33 years and has been to trial 220 times, he said. The two also encourage people to call at the first sign of trouble. Law enforcement always makes it sound as if a suspect looks guilty if they ask for a lawyer. That just isn’t true, Bugden said.

"You need an attorney to walk you through that process," Isaacson said.

John Anderson also practices with the firm and does civil litigation, contracts, business law, construction litigation and property law in addition to criminal defense.

To reach the law firm, call 435-776-9600.

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