I grew up in Salt Lake City, the oldest of seven kids. My parents divorced when I was 11, an experience that shaped my life in many ways. After graduating from Cottonwood High in 1991, I served a mission in southern Spain and north Africa. When I returned home I enrolled at Salt Lake Community College and soon married Lori Middleton, a friend from high school. After doing as much of my undergrad education as possible at SLCC, I transferred to the University of Utah and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Sociology. After Lori finished her Master’s program we moved to Concord, Massachusetts, so I could attend Harvard Law School. Upon graduation I took a position at a large law firm in Washington DC and we moved to the Maryland suburb of Rockville (Derwood, actually). In 2003 my wife and I were pioneers in the nascent fetal imaging industry, an industry we recognized would shape public knowledge and attitudes about the human person before birth, and were featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and many other media outlets. The industry is especially helpful to pro-lifers for chipping away at the conventional mindset that people begin at birth.
After 8 years on the east coast we returned to Utah (Draper, precisely) in 2006 so our kids could grow up near their extended family. We have six wonderful kids: Jefferson, Madeline, Elizabeth, twins Chloe and Clara, and baby Whitt.
After spending several years working from home doing legal and consulting work and entrepreneurial pursuits, in 2008 I took a position as General Counsel and VP of Business Strategy for a trio of software companies owned by the NCAA. I’m also on the adjunct faculty of Salt Lake Community College, where I teach sociology.