The Advocates

The Advocates

Established in 1992, The Advocates are personal injury and accident attorneys serving Utah with the mission of protecting individual rights for people who have been injured or involved in an accident.

Firm Overview

Our goal at The Advocates is to protect our clients' rights, ensure they are adequately compensated, and facilitate and aid in their recovery. From car accidents to defective drug lawsuits, our firm has the experience you need. We are skilled and experienced enough to handle large cases against corporations and insurance companies, yet small enough to offer the personal, hands-on approach clients want from their law firm.
Main Office
Salt Lake City Office
331 South. 600 East
Salt Lake City  UT  84102
Phone
  • (801) 326-0809
Fax
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Payment is on contingency -- 33%-40%.
Hourly Rates
N/A

Office Information

Office Hours
8-5
Office Manager
Amber Southern
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Other Offices

American Fork Office
388 W Main St
American Fork,  UT  84003
St George Office
321 North Mall Drive H101
St George,  UT  84790
Ogden Office
2351 Grant Ave
Ogden,  UT  84401
Seattle Office
2125 Western Ave #500
Seattle,  WA  98121
Billings Office
303 North Broadway #302
Billings,  MT  59101
Missoula Office
140 N Higgins St
Missoula,  MT  59802
Lewistown Office
505 West Main Street #212
Lewistown,  MT  59457
Auto Accident
We specialize in personal injury law. Our cases include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, slip and fall accidents, animal and dog bites, and personal injury.
In December of 1991, the founding partner of the law firm, Matthew Driggs, completed law school at the University of Utah. Matt began practice as a solo practitioner. For the next four years, he practiced in the Salt Lake City area with a primary focus on injury law and estate planning.

In January of 1996, Matt purchased the office building located at 331 South 600 East, Salt Lake City, Utah and formed the law firm Driggs, Osborn, and Huang PC.

In the next few years, many changes were to come. In 1998, the law firm hired attorney Kenneth Bills, and later in 2000, the firm hired Steven Day. Shortly thereafter, the law firm changed its name to Driggs, Bills, and Day PC. During the first several years, the attorneys at Driggs, Bills, and Day practiced general litigation including personal injury law and product liability.

In 2002, the lawyers began advertising to acquire clients injured by the drug Fen-Phen. This was a major product liability case at the time. Over the next 2 years, the law firm grew as it represented thousands of clients injured by Fen-Phen. During that time, offices were opened throughout the northwest including offices in Boise, Billings, Helena, Missoula, Spokane, Seattle, and Portland. The attorneys wanted to be available in other cities for their clients who needed help. These smaller offices allowed a personal touch to clients in other states. Over the next few years, Driggs, Bills, and Day recovered over 100 million dollars for their clients. Driggs, Bills, and Day has continued to represent many clients who have been injured by defective and dangerous medical products and drugs including: Vioxx, Yazz/Yasmin, Xarelto, and IVC filters.

As Fen-Phen litigation began to slow, the firm started to take on other injury cases and focus its practice on personal injury law including selected product liability cases, committing to become the premier injury law firm in Utah.

Driggs, Bills, and Day began taking referrals from other law firms and lawyers who couldn't help the clients. From 2005 until 2009 the majority of the clients had been referred by other law firms. In 2009, Driggs, Bills, and Day rebranded and began advertising. At this time they chose the name, "The Advocates." Matt Driggs wanted a brand and firm name that meant something to the clients, and truly reflected the firm's values and commitment to its clients.

Throughout the years, the attorneys at The Advocates Driggs, Bills, & Day have consistently represented their clients in a professional and caring way. Several of the attorneys have been awarded prestigious awards including an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, recognition from Super Lawyers, and awards from Utah Business magazine.

The Advocates continue to focus efforts on bettering their system and firm so each and every client is served well, and all expectations are exceeded.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

In December of 1991, the founding partner of the law firm, Matthew Driggs, completed law school at the University of Utah. Matt began practice as a solo practitioner. For the next four years, he practiced in the Salt Lake City area with a primary focus on injury law and estate planning.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

The Advocates are dedicated to giving back to the communities we live and work in. From joining existing charitable organizations in Utah, to starting new events that help bring people together, we are committed to being a strong and positive force in the community. We have an annual charitable motorcycle ride where the proceeds are donated to charities across Utah. We participate in a number of holiday events collecting food and supplies for those in need, particularly at Halloween and Thanksgiving, though we like to help out year-round. We have also started a scholarship for college students in Utah to help with tuition costs. Being a positive influence in the community is a large part of who we are at The Advocates.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

The assembly line model of production increases output and lowers marginal cost. The Advocates uses the idea of an assembly line to more quickly serve our clients at a lower cost. Each member of our team, whether a lawyer or a secretary, has specific job duties that have been chosen to maximize efficiency and provide our clients with the fastest, most effective service possible.

Matthew Driggs

Over the course of my injury attorney career, I have seen far too many instances of individuals who are unfamiliar with their rights and who are taken advantage of by the insurance companies as a result. These experiences push me to fight harder for you and get what you deserve. You are my top priority and I will see to it that you get a settlement and the treatment you deserve!
License
  • Bar Number: 6085
    Utah , 1992
Education
  • University of Utah
    J.D. , 1991
  • University of Utah
    B.A. , 1988

Steven Day

Steven is a Partner at The Advocates, Driggs Bills & Day. He has been with the firm since 1999 and has been handling personal injury cases for over 20 years. Steve was recently named as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Steve focuses his law practice on personal injury cases throughout Utah, including wrongful death cases, car accidents, motorcycle, boat, and slip-and-fall accidents, dog bite claims, and bad drug and medical device cases exclusively for plaintiffs. He offers aggressive representation on behalf of his clients. In fact, he has settled thousands of cases in excess of 100 million dollars over the last several years. Steve makes a point to build a relationship with his clients. He wants each client to feel comfortable with him and with his representation.

After completing his bachelor's degree in Economics at Brigham Young University, Steve attended the Gonzaga Law School, where he was an Editor of the Gonzaga Law Review, and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1996.

Steve is very involved in his community. He is passionate about education and helping disadvantaged kids. To further this cause, Steven helped develop and implement a program for the Provo School District to help struggling high school and elementary school students and their parents. Through this program, Steven volunteered as a Truancy Court Judge for over 4 years. He is actively involved in his own kids' school and sports activities. He also has worked many years as a Boy Scout adviser. Steven enjoys spending time outdoors boating, hiking, camping, hunting, and riding four-wheelers.
License
  • Bar Number: 7503
    Utah , 1996
Education
  • Gonzaga Law School
    J.D. , 1996
  • Brigham Young University
    B.A. , 1993

Steve Linton

Steve Linton has been with the Advocates for over ten years. In that time, Steve has assisted hundreds of people who were injured here in Utah and in other states as a result of accidents caused by someone else's negligence. Steve has assisted his clients in recovering more than $30 million as compensation for their injuries. Steve has experience with all kinds of injury cases including car accidents, semi-truck accidents, auto-pedestrian accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, wrongful death and mass tort litigation.

Prior to joining our firm, Steve began his career working for a well-respected insurance defense firm here in Salt Lake City where he advised and assisted insurance companies and their clients in auto accidents, slip-and-falls, construction defect litigation and mass tort defense. Having worked both sides of the aisle, Steve has a unique understanding of personal injury cases and how cases are handled from the claims stage all the way through trial and appeal.

For his efforts as a personal injury attorney, Steve has been recognized by his peers as one of the legal elite in Utah Business Magazine and as a Rising Star by the Mountain States Super Lawyers.

When not at work, Steve loves spending time with his wife and two children. Steve enjoys the outdoors, open-water swimming, golfing, traveling, cooking and finding new restaurants.
License
  • Bar Number: 9306
    Utah , 2002
Education
  • University of Utah
    J.D. , 2001
  • Brigham Young University
    B.A. , 1997

David Tullis

David Tullis is an attorney that represents clients throughout Utah for cases involving auto accident injury, insurance coverage disputes, motorcycle and bike accidents, health insurance & Workers compensation subrogation claims, and business litigation. David has significant experience and knowledge of insurance law. David has participated in over 200 mediations, arbitrations, and jury trials.

David has been recognized for several years in Utah Business Magazine as "Utah Legal Elite". David has also been recognized for several years in the Mountain States Super Lawyers magazine as a "Rising Star". This award is determined by peer review and professional achievement and is given to less than 5% of attorneys.

David and his wife Katie live in the Holladay area and have four children. He enjoys coaching his kids' various sports teams. David is a sports fan, and when he has time, enjoys golf, basketball, and waterskiing.
License
  • Bar Number: 10665
    Utah , 2005
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    J.D. , 2005
  • Brigham Young University
    B.S. , 1999

Damian Kidd

Damian has been an attorney with The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day since Nov. 2007. He primarily handles personal injury cases such as automobile accidents, dog attacks, and premises and product liability cases. He has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries.

Damian graduated from law school at the University of Idaho in 2005. Following graduation, he opened his own practice, primarily working family law cases, and was in-house counsel for ClearPlay, Inc. From there, he was a deputy prosecuting attorney for Bingham County, Idaho, pursuing civil and criminal caseloads. He left the prosecutor's office to join The Advocates in 2007.

Damian is married with 3 children. He loves all things Disney, and in his spare time enjoys reading about history, running and spending his time outdoors. Damian also volunteers his time as a truancy court judge for the Provo School District.Damian is a candidate for US Congress in Utah's 3rd Congressional District
License
  • Bar Number: 11160
    Utah , 2006
Education
  • University of Idaho College of Law
    J.D. , 2005
  • Brigham Young University
    B.A. , 2001

Mark Stewart

Mark has been a member of The Advocates since July 2013 and has settled thousands of cases related to personal injury. Mark started his educational background by attaining his undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, and minor in Economics, in 2007. He then was accepted to Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA., and graduated with his Juris Doctorate degree in 2012.

While Mark was studying for his J.D., he worked as a law clerk for the Public Defenders Office of San Diego. Following graduation, he stated his legal career at Seal & Kennedy P.C. as an estate planning attorney in 2012. A year later, he started his career in personal injury with The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day.

Mark and his wife have a growing family including one son and one dog. Mark is passionate about his family and running. He has participated in the Boston Marathon two times in 2008 and 2012. When Mark isn't winning cases for The Advocates or out running marathons, he spends his time as a member of the Holladay City Council. He also donates his time to the Holladay Rotary Club and has been a member of the club since 2015.
License
  • Bar Number: 14340
    Utah , 2012
Education
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    J.D. , 2012
  • University of Utah
    B.A. , 2007

Karolina Kulesza

In 2008, Kara graduated magna cum laude from the University of Denver in Public Policy and International Studies. She then obtained a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Denver in 2009 and moved to Spokane, WA to pursue her law degree. Kara graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2012.

Kara began her legal career in Denver, CO specializing in mass tort litigation and worked on the Yaz/Yasmin birth control litigation. Kara met her husband in Denver and the two of them relocated to Salt Lake City, UT where Kara joined the Advocates in April 2015. While at the Advocates, she has continued her career in mass tort litigation involving defective pharmaceutical and medical products. Her current litigation includes transvaginal mesh, Xarelto/Pradaxa, and inferior vena cava filters.
In her spare time Kara enjoys sharing meals with friends, the sounds of a great country music playlist, spending time with her two Shiba Inus and spunky Border Collie, traveling to Europe to visit family, and seeking adventure in the great outdoors with her husband.
License
  • Bar Number: 15504
    Utah , 2015
Education
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    J.D. , 2012
  • University of Denver
    M.A. , 2009
  • University of Denver
    B.A. , 2008

Kenneth Bills

Ken is licensed in two states to practice law, both Utah and Washington. He started his practice in 1994 with Matt Driggs, opening Driggs, Bills & Day in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ken worked on mass tort claims as well as personal injury cases. In his career, Ken has settled thousands of injury claims and helped tens of thousands of clients get back on their feet.

In 1991, Ken graduated from The University of Utah with a degree in Finance, and went on to continue schooling at The University of Utah to get a Master's degree in business administration. He graduated law school in 1994 with his juries doctorate degree and joined Matt Driggs in creating The Advocates.

After years working in Utah, Ken moved with his family to Seattle, Washington. He loves the Pacific Northwest area, and decided to open a branch of The Advocates in Seattle, known as The Washington Advocates.

Ken still lives in Seattle, Washington and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.
License
  • Bar Number: 39111
    Washington , 2007
Education
  • University of Utah
    J.D. , 1994
  • University of Utah
    MBA , 1994
  • University of Utah
    B.S. , 1991

Alan Tucker

Alan Tucker is a personal injury attorney specializing in the litigation portion of cases for The Advocates. He will be working with medical device, bad drug, slip-and-fall, dog bites, wrongful death and car, motorcycle and boating accident cases for plaintiffs at The Advocates. Alan dynamically assists in achieving the biggest compensation possible for his clientele.

Alan graduated in May 2012 from the University of Utah with two bachelor's degrees in Spanish and International Studies. Three years later, he graduated from law school at the University of Notre Dame. Since graduating from Notre Dame, he has worked as a clerk in the Federal District Court for the District of Utah underneath Judge Clark Waddoups and Judge David Nuffer.

Alan is passionate about his family; including his wife and their two beautiful children. In addition to spending quality time with his family, Alan loves sports and food specifically steak. He is a die-hard Utes and Notre Dame basketball and football fan, but also enjoys cheering on the Utah Jazz. He claims to be "a Ute from birth, and an Irish by adoption."
License
  • Bar Number: 15755
    Utah , 2015
Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
    J.D. , 2015
  • University of Utah
    B.A. , 2012

Christopher Thresher

As an attorney, Chris has extensive professional knowledge with legal litigation, and has been working since the day he graduated law school in 2014. He was admitted to practice in Oregon in 2014 and in Utah since 2015. His professional devotion with personal injury cases stems from life experiences.

In Dec. 2008, Chris graduated with honors from the University of Utah in Political Science and Economics. He then moved to Salem, OR to pursue his law degree. He graduated from law school with his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University in 2014.

Outside of the office, Chris is passionate about his family and the outdoors. He met his wife Joanna in Utah, and they have been happily married since 2008. Together, the Threshers have two children. The family of four love running and doing CrossFit together. Chris and Joanna will be partaking in the Boston Marathon in 2017.

Chris is involved with the Boy Scouts of America, and is an avid participant in his church.
Education
  • Willamette University
    J.D. , 2014
  • University of Utah
    B.S. , 2008

Cleve Burns

In 2015, Cleve graduated from law school at West Virginia University College of Law. Following graduation, he worked at the Cache County Attorney's Office, prosecuting the Logan City Justice Court cases. From there, Cleve worked for the Administrative Office of the Courts as a Juvenile Court Law Clerk for all of the Juvenile Court Judges. He Left the AOC to join the Advocates in November of 2016.
Cleve is married and has one daughter. He loves spending time with his little family, and in his spare time enjoys fishing, hunting, trying new foods, and watching sports.

Cleve handles case from St. George to Beaver and the surrounding areas. Cleve appreciates the Advocates' emphasis on being friendly, innovative, and dedicated to their profession. The Advocates truly care for their clients.
License
  • Bar Number: 16008
    Utah , 2016
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    J.D. , 2014
  • University of North Texas
    B.A. , 2011

Amy Jones

Amy Jones earned her Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University located in Macon, Georgia. She was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November 2005. After receiving her law degree, Amy represented injured workers in their on-the-job injuries. In addition, she served as a Special Attorney General representing the Georgia Department of Human Resources Child Support Division. Amy moved to the Northwest in 2008 and obtained her Bar Licenses in Oregon and Washington.

Prior to joining The Advocates she worked for several years in insurance defense.

Amy's past experience representing insurance companies has provided her with the legal skills needed to aggressively represent individuals in their personal injury claims.

Amy's current practice focuses on representing individuals in all types of personal injury matters, including dog bite accidents, slip and fall personal injuries, and motor vehicle accidents, including bicyclists and pedestrians in Washington and Oregon.
License
  • Bar Number: 42259
    Washington , 2010
  • Bar Number: 091191
    Oregon , 2009
Education
  • Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University
    J.D. , 2009
  • George State University
    B.S. , 2006

Jamal Amirzade

Jamal Amirzade is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and Seattle University School of Law. His prior experience includes prosecuting misdemeanor crimes at the Seattle city prosecutor's office, where he tried more than half a dozen jury trials to verdict. This trial experience enables him to take your case to trial if the insurance companies do not make reasonable settlement offers.

Jamal works hard to make sure that the average citizen can get a fair shake in the courtroom when taking on the powerful insurance companies. In cases where insurance companies unreasonably refuse to meet their obligations, the last resort for individuals is to hold them accountable is in our courts. Jamal is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is a proud member of the Washington State Association for Justice.

Away from his legal work, he is an avid guitar and piano player. He has been residing in Washington State for the past 10 years and is a huge Seattle Seahawks and Sounders fan.
License
  • Bar Number: 45222
    Washington , 2012
Education
  • Seattle University School of Law
    J.D. , 2012
  • Eastern Washington University
    B.A. , 2008

Kyle Drinnon

Kyle Drinnon is a Seattle personal injury attorney. He represents individuals who have been injured through the negligence of others in car accidents, slip and falls, and other incidents. Kyle has represented injured clients throughout the Puget Sound region in jury trials, arbitrations, and mediations, and has successfully argued before the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court.

Kyle is a Puget Sound native and graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.
License
  • Bar Number: 45960
    Washington , 2013
Education
  • Seattle University School of Law
    J.D. , 2012
  • University of Washington
    B.A. , 2008

Anne Vankirk

Anne Vankirk is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington. While new to the Advocates, Anne has extensive experience aggressively representing clients in final-stage litigation for a broad range of personal injury claims. In addition, Anne's appellate experience includes: being an Extern for Justice Charles Wiggins of the Washington Supreme Court, briefing for the Washington Supreme Court that resulted in a unanimous win, and arguing to a unanimous win at the Washington Court of Appeals.

Anne has not only successfully represented personal injury clients; she has been one herself. She understands the frustrating and overwhelming nature of the system when you really just need to get on with your daily life. She also understands how pain and injury can affect every moment of your day to day life, and how important it is to repair your quality of life through compensation.

Anne lives in Tacoma with her husband and two daughters. In her off time, she is an avid runner and engages in all kinds of outdoor adventures with friends and family.
License
  • Bar Number: 47321
    Washington , 2014
Education
  • Seattle University School of Law
    J.D. , 2013
  • University of Washington
    B.A. , 2009

Douglas Day

Douglas Day has lived in Montana since 2001 when he and his family moved to Missoula to enter Law School at the University of Montana. Before that, Douglas completed a bachelor of science double major in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of California, San Diego. It did not take long to fall in love with Big Sky country. After law school, his family moved to Lewistown to clerk for the 10th Judicial District Court for a year. Douglas then joined the Office of Public Defender as a Regional Deputy. He has served as the Regional Deputy for the past 11 years, managing attorneys and clients for 11 counties in Central Montana.

During his time serving as the Regional Deputy, he completed advanced courses in Trial Advocacy and became certified to defend Capital Crimes. In 2007, he received the Governor's award for Excellence in Performance as well as the Montana Department of Administration's Team of the Year Award. In 2013, Douglas received the Excellence in Leadership Award for the Montana Office of Public Defender. He has also served as a Fellow for national review of public defense.

Douglas has based his career on serving others and helping them make the most out of their situation. He serves actively in his church and community. Douglas loves playing board games with his four children, reading young adult fiction, being outside, and running marathons with his wife. In 2007, his family created a nonprofit organization for youth fitness that serves children in Central Montana. The entire family enjoys coaching, managing, participating, and instructing fitness, as well as caring for their facility to promote fitness and fun. Douglas zealously represents his clients with compassion. He looks forward to continuing his service with Central Montana Families.
License
  • Bar Number: 8062
    Montana , 2005
Education
  • School of Law at the University of Montana
    J.D. , 2004
  • University of California San Diego
    B.S. , 2000

Josh Hotchkiss

Josh Hotchkiss is a skilled attorney with diverse experience. Josh completed an internship for the Office of the State Public Defender in Missoula, Montana. While there, he helped with criminal defense cases and legal research. He also interned for the Missoula County Attorney's Office helping with trials and legal writing. Josh graduated from the University of Montana's Alexander Blewett III School of Law in December of 2016.

Josh has been helping people for much of his life. Before working for the Advocates Law, Josh worked for ten years as a police officer in Colorado. Serving as the Sergeant Detective for the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Josh supervised other detectives and oversaw felony crime cases. During his time with the city of Arvada, Josh also helped with the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team.

Before serving the community as a police officer, Josh played professional football. He played middle linebacker, as well as special teams. In 2002, Josh won the Rookie Camp Top Condition award winner.
In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his family. He is a husband and father of two children. Josh is also an avid outdoorsman.

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