Governor appoints Fonnesbeck to the First Judicial District

SALT LAKE CITY – (Oct. 20, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Angela Fonnesbeck to fill a judicial vacancy on the First District Juvenile Court.

“Angela Fonnesbeck’s tremendous experience and dedication will serve the First District Juvenile Court well,” said Gov. Herbert. “I am confident she will perform her new role with the utmost integrity.”

Fonnesbeck has been an attorney in private practice in Northern Utah (2009-2014) focusing on family law issues.  As part of her practice she also served as a public defender for Cache County and the cities of Providence, Richmond, Nibley, North Logan and Hyde Park. Prior to her time in private practice, she was a shareholder and attorney at Hillyard, Anderson & Olsen, P.C. (2002-2009) where she focused on family law matters, criminal defense, juvenile court, and general civil litigation and mediation. She also worked as an associate attorney for Perry, Malmberg and Perry in Logan (2000-2002) focusing on insurance defense.

“I am honored by Governor Herbert’s selection of me to serve in this important position in the Juvenile Court,” said Fonnesbeck. ” I am humbled by the support I have received throughout this process and look forward to serving the families and children of the First District.”

Fonnesbeck was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from The National Trial Lawyers (2013, 2014), named Top 40 under 40 from the The National Trial Lawyers (2012, 2013, 2014), and selected as a Utah Legal Elite Top Lawyer from Utah Business magazine (2011, 2014). Fonnesbeck has also served as the president of the Cache County Bar Association (2009-2010).

Subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate, Fonnesbeck will fill the vacancy that will result from the retirement of Judge Larry Jones on Dec. 31, 2014.