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FIRST DISTRICT COURT JUDGES


Judges' Biographies

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE THOMAS L. WILLMORE

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE THOMAS L. WILLMOREJudge Thomas L. Willmore was appointed to First District Court in January 1999 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. Judge Willmore graduated from Utah State University and received his law degree from the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law. At the time of his appointment to the bench, he was an attorney/shareholder with the law firm of Olson & Hoggan. Judge Willmore's service in the judiciary includes the following: presiding judge from 2006 to present; chair and member of the Board of District Court Judges from 2001-2006; Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure; and member of the Utah Access to Justice Council. Judge Willmore established and presides over Drug Court for Cache County and Box Elder County. 05/08


JUDGE KEVIN K. ALLEN

JUDGE KEVIN K. ALLENJudge Kevin K. Allen was appointed to the First District Court in March 2008 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. He serves Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties. Judge Allen grew up in Cache County, graduated from Brigham Young University, and received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. While in law school, Judge Allen was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and after graduation, served in the JAG Corp where he eventually became the lead prosecutor for the Northeast Command and the Tax Officer for the European and Southwest Asia Command. Upon leaving active duty as a Lieutenant Commander, Judge Allen returned to Logan and practiced law primarily in civil matters. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Allen served as president of the Cache County Bar Association. He was also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American and Utah Bar Association's Litigation, Real Property and Estate Planning sections. Judge Allen established and presides over the First District Mental Health Court and presides over the Box Elder County Drug Court. Additionally, Judge Allen was instrumental in establishing the Intermountain Mental Health Court Conference held at Utah State University annually. Judge Allen also serves as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission and is presently serving on the Board of District Court Judges. 3/12


JUDGE BRIAN G. CANNELL

 Judge Brian G. Cannell was appointed to the First District Court in August 2013 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves in Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. Judge Cannell graduated from Utah State University and received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, both with honors. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Cannell was a practicing attorney and managing shareholder with the law firm of Hillyard, Anderson and Olsen, P.C., where his practice focused primarily on civil matters. Judge Cannell is a former adjunct professor at Utah State University where he taught Mass Media Law focusing on first amendment rights. Judge Cannell has been active with the local bar having served as the Northern Utah Representative of the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah Bar Association, president of the Cache County Bar Association, and president of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Utah. Judge Cannell's community involvement in local nonprofit entities includes the Utah Festival Opera Company, the Bridgerland Applied Technology College Foundation, the Sunshine Terrace Foundation, the Willow Park Zoo Foundation, and the Logan Rotary Club. Judge Cannell currently serves on the First District Court pro-bono committee helping provide access to the courts and legal services for the indigent. 9/14


JUDGE BRANDON J. MAYNARD

 



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