Mark is a Senior Family Law Attorney at Jolley & Jolley. Mark handles all types of domestic and family law matters including, but not limited to, custody, divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, termination of parental rights,paternity, and modifications. In addition, he defends clients charged with issues of domestic violence and abuse resulting in protective orders and criminal charges. Mark also handles matters involving land use and zoning.
Currently, Mark is a Small Claims Court Judge and has presided over hundreds of cases in the Third District Court and the Salt Lake City Justice Court. He also is a member of the West Valley City Board of Adjustments and a Board Member for OCTheory.org, Inc. Since the end of January 2011, Mark is a certified mediator for all legal matters, including Utah Family Law.
Prior to Jolley & Jolley, Mark was the Assistant Attorney General of American Samoa for a year and a half. He has worked as corporate counsel for several businesses and has provided legal work for Utah Legal Aid Society of Provo and the Utah County Attorney’s Office.
Mark is interested in sports. While a law student, he published the first article on the antitrust issues of NCAA’s Bowl Championship Series. He is also an executive committee member for two groups that attempted to establish a playoff for all college football teams.
Prior to becoming law school, Mark worked in zone enforcement and land use and transportation planning for Utah County’s Community Development Office (Utah), Yakima County’s Planning Department (Washington), and Mountain Land Association of Governments (Utah).
Mark’s legal work and effort can best be summed up by United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton when he wrote, “[Counsel] Hales has gone above and beyond the call of duty” (Mahjor v. Kempthorne, 518 F.Supp.2d 221, 240 (2007).