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       Jonathan T. Nish


          257 East 200 South, Suite 1100
          Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Jonathan has been practicing law since 2013 when he started as a solo practitioner in Woods Cross, Utah. He joined the team at Christensen and Jensen in April of 2020. Jonathan’s career has focused largely on the handling of complex criminal matters with his particular area of expertise lying in death penalty litigation. Jonathan has been very successful in the defense of people accused of the most serious crimes. In 2018, Jonathan was named Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL) Attorney of the Year for his work on death penalty cases, including a victory in a capital case in the early stages of litigation which was unprecedented. He was also recognized on the Criminal Defense "Rising Star" Super Lawyers list in 2023. In addition to his criminal practice, Jonathan also excels at family law, including divorce and custody matters, and also represents individuals who have been injured in vehicle and workplace accidents as well as wrongful death cases.

Jonathan believes in treating every client as if they were his only client. A key to his success is the attention to detail and thorough attention given to every matter. Jonathan has extensive trial experience and never hesitates to take a case to trial when it will serve the interests of his clients. The courtroom is his place of business.

Jonathan is licensed to practice in Idaho & Utah. 


Criminal Defense: 

Represents clients accused of both state and federal crimes. Expertise in all facets of criminal cases including murder cases, sex cases, crimes of violence, drug cases, white collar crimes and misdemeanors.
Won a capital preliminary hearing in 2017 sparing his client the death penalty
Won multiple criminal trials, including murder trials.
Successfully negotiated countless cases sparing clients jail or prison time
Regularly appointed by the State of Utah to defend death penalty cases

Family Law: 

Represents people in divorce cases, modifications of divorce decrees, and custody issues.

Personal Injury: 

  • Represents both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death.


  • 2019 - Present: Board of Directors for Utah Crime Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Serves as Conductor and Chairman of Board of Directors for Skyward Symphony in Davis County 
  • 2018 Attorney of the Year - Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  
  • 2018 - Present: Continuing Legal Education Director for Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Serves as Secretary for the Criminal Section of the Utah State Bar Association
  • Criminal Defense "Rising Star," Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2023


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • University of Phoenix, B.S. Business Administration, 2010
  • University of Utah, studied music, 2001-2004