Governor makes judicial appointments to first and fourth judicial courts

SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Brandon J. Maynard to the 1st District Court and Roger W. Griffin to the 4th District Court.
“I am pleased to appoint Roger and Brandon, two very qualified individuals, to serve our state in the courts” said Gov. Herbert. “I am confident they will uphold the highest principles of justice and serve the people in their respective courts with integrity.”
Brandon J. Maynard – Maynard has served as the chief criminal deputy county attorney in Box Elder County since 2007. From 2000-2007, Maynard was an associate attorney at Gridley, Ward & Shaw handing civil and criminal defense cases and a deputy county attorney for Weber County. He has also served as a member of the Bear River Valley Hospital Health Care Foundation Board. Maynard received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 1999.
“I am grateful to Gov. Herbert for this appointment. I am humbled and honored with the opportunity to serve,” said Maynard. “I look forward to serving the people of the state of Utah in the First Judicial District with respect, fairness and dignity.”

Maynard will fill the vacancy left by Judge Ben H. Hadfield in August 2014.

Roger W. Griffin – Griffin has served as an attorney for Craig Swapp & Associate since 2005, and was made the Chief Litigation Officer in 2011. From 2001 to 2005, he served as an attorney for Gregory Barton & Swapp. There he handled victims’ rights, business litigation, transactions, domestic relations and criminal defense matters. Griffin has also worked as an attorney in several firms, including his own, since 1994 and has been selected as a Utah Legal Elite four times by the Utah Business Journal. Griffin received his Juris Doctor in 1993 from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.

“I am deeply honored by the confidence and trust Gov. Herbert has shown in appointing me to the Fourth District,” Griffin said. “I look forward to serving the citizens of the district and the entire state and will always strive to follow the law and serve with impartiality and fairness.”

Griffin will fill the vacancy left by Judge Steven L. Hansen in July 2014. The governor’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.