Helgesen, Houtz & Jones

Helgesen, Houtz & Jones

Helping Clients like you since 1982

Firm Overview

Helgesen, Houtz &Jones (HH&J) began in 1982 when two BYU law school friends and lawyers, Jack Helgesen and Scott Waterfall, became law partners in Ogden. The firm has grown to ten lawyers, six paralegals and other bright, capable employees. HH&J is a law firm consisting of strong family values and a reputation for winning difficult cases. HH&J has now helped more than 35,000 clients solve their difficult legal problems. In the course of helping people, our lawyers have won some of the largest cases in Utah and have earned a national reputation for excellence. We know how to win large and complex cases, but also how to win small ones. Our attorneys are well trained to quickly unravel small complicated disputes to avoid unnecessary long, expensive legal fights. Most importantly, we know how important the outcome of a case is to our clients. The outcome of your case is equally important to us. We listen, we care, we give you our best work and we will tell you the truth.

Our law firm has full time offices in Ogden and in the Layton - Clearfield area. Because of our broad knowledge of legal experience, we are able to advise you on most legal issues. In addition, our longevity in the Utah legal community allows us to maintain a network of lawyers and experts in every practice area so you can be assured you will receive top-notch assistance. We are gratified that our service to clients has earned us an AV rating from other lawyers and judges, the highest rating achievable for legal ability and ethics. This honor puts Helgesen, Houtz &Jones in the top 5% of all law firms in America.

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Layton Office
1513 N Hill Field Rd #3
Layton  UT  84041
  • (801) 544-5306
  • (801) 682-8328


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Helgesen, Houtz & Jones
5732 S. 1475 E.
Suite 200
Ogden,  UT  84403
Helgesen, Houtz & Jones can help relieve you from your financial debt.
We have lawyers that specialize in all areas of bankruptcy. Contact us and we can get your bankruptcy started today.
It doesn't matter whether you just started your own company or have been a business owner for many years, we can help you.
Our firm specializes in many areas of business law. We will work hard to protect your rights and investments. Don't hesitate to contact us and get professional help immediately.
Child Custody
Many of our lawyers specialize in family law. We know how important family relationships are, and we care about your happiness.
We work hard to help get the outcomes that you desire. Please contact us and get our professional help today.
Divorce can be a long complicated process, we work to ensure that divorce is as short and simple as a process as it can be for our clients.
Lawyers at Helgesen, Houtz & Jones have handled many divorce cases. We have experience and can help you today.
Criminal Defense
Our firm cares about protecting the rights of all citizens. We specialize in Criminal Law and help to ensure the justice that you deserve.
We have experience with all types of criminal charges. We can help to protect your rights. Get in touch with one of our expert lawyers today.
Estate Planning
Estate planning can be very complicated. He have various attorneys that are specialized in all areas of estate planning and can help you feel secure about your future.
Many areas of Estate Planning can be completed in a short amount of time, but are put off because it requires a visit an attorney. We know how busy your schedules are and can help make an appointment when it is convenient for you. Contact one of our offices today and set up an appointment.
Our lawyers here at HH&J care about your families. They have a great understanding of the legal process and can help you with all areas of family law.
Our lawyers can help you get the outcome that you desire. We know how important family law can be, and we work long hours to make sure our clients are happy with the results.
Many of our lawyers here at HH&J specialize in probate. We help get everything straightened out with as little complication to our clients as possible.
Your concerns are important to our lawyers. They are happy to assist you, please contact them today for their professional help.

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

Helgesen, Houtz & Jones specializes in almost all aspects of the law. Our firm has been around for over thirty years. Each lawyer has hand-picked the areas of the law that they understand best to ensure that our clients are getting the best professional help available. With the various number of lawyers working at the firm, we can help you with almost all legal matters.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Our lawyers have experience in all areas of the law. They have learned from highly experienced lawyers that have been around for over thirty years. They have all graduated from law school having a widespread knowledge of the legal process and have become specialists in a few areas to make sure they can help you to the best of their ability.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our law firm has been around for over thirty years. We have gained a reputation of winning cases and taking care of each client. We have established a business on family values that has led to our success. Helgesen, Houtz & Jones has received an AV rating from other attorneys and judges which is the highest achievable rating for legal ability and ethics. This rating puts the law firm in the top 5% of law firms across the country.

Jack Helgesen

Jack Helgesen has had an extraordinary legal career.

He graduated cum laude with a degree in finance from WSU, and received a Juris Doctor law degree from BYU Law School where he was an Editor of the Utah Journal of Family Law. He started his career in 1980 creating trusts and estate plans for wealthy retirees in Phoenix. He later moved home to Ogden and became a trial lawyer in hundreds of civil and criminal trials.

•   As a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Helgesen became one of only a handful of Utah lawyers to win acquittals from juries in murder, rape and kidnaping trials.

•  As a juvenile court lawyer, Mr. Helgesen represented young Utahns in hundreds of trials and hearings. His firm has continued this tradition for more than twenty-five years.

•  As a medical malpractice lawyer, Mr. Helgesen won one of the first million dollar awards in a Utah medical trial. He and his partners have won settlements and awards in hundreds of medical malpractice cases since 1982.

• As an injury trial lawyer for severely injured Utahns, Mr. Helgesen has won some of the largest settlements in Utah. He and his partners have successfully resolved hundreds of injury cases in the last twenty-five years.

• As a consumer trial lawyer, Mr. Helgesen filed and won (at trial and through multiple appeals) one of the largest class action judgments in the history of Utah – more than $70 million – for more than 21,000 Utah tax payers in Brumley v. Tax Commission, 868 P.2d 796 (Utah 1993).    He and his partners have been winning consumer cases for more than twenty-five years.

Mr. Helgesen has been a leader among American lawyers. He is a former President of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association, and was a Governor (for more than ten years) of the Association of American Trial Lawyers in Washington, D.C., the nation’s largest trial lawyer organization. He is currently a Governor of the American Association of Justice (Washington, D.C.), a Master with the American Inns of Court, and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Jack and the law firm he started handle a broad range of legal matters for Utahns and their families. Jack has an Av rating from Martindale-Hubbell, America’s oldest lawyer rating service. This high honor puts him in the top 5% of American lawyers for legal ability and ethics.

Jack and his wife Koy have eight children and eighteen grandchildren.

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1980

Craig Helgesen

Craig graduated as a top student from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School located in Michigan. After graduating, Craig returned to Utah and started his career as an attorney. He primarily focuses on Bankruptcy, Divorce, Criminal Defense and Child Custody.

After excelling in law school and graduating near the top of his class, Craig has quickly developed a similar reputation as an attorney. His clients are impressed with the amount of effort he puts toward each case. He is very dedicated and does all in his power to provide his clients with a favorable outcome.

Apart from being an attorney, he is also a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He enjoys fighting for the rights of consumers, by being part of this association he helps influence the bankruptcy laws on behalf of consumers.
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Juris Doctor , 2009

Jason Yancey

Jason has received many different awards over the course of his career and is now recognized as one of the top lawyers in the state of Utah. He was not given this reputation, but he earned it for himself after helping many clients achieve the outcomes they desired. He is known for having a winners attitude and does everything in his power to make sure his clients are satisfied with his work.

He graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. Soon after graduating, he was presented a Medal of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy Institute recognizing him as one of the top law students around the country. After graduating, he served as a Co-Chair for the needs of children committee. He then accepted the position as treasurer for the Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division.

With his successful background, it made it easy for Jason to excel as an attorney. Mountain States Super Lawyers presented him with the Rising Star Award back-to-back years, an honor that less than 2.5% of attorneys in the country receive.
  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
    Juris Doctor , 2007

Kurt Helgesen

Kurt is a very dedicated attorney who enjoys helping people on a daily basis. He treats his clients as if they were part of his own family and does all he can to assure they are satisfied with the outcome of their case. He has helped many clients over his career and specializes in the areas of family law with an emphasis on matters involving child custody, criminal law and contract litigation.

He was born and raised in Davis County. He attended Washburn Law School in Kansas, where he acquired a broad understanding of the legal process. After graduating, he returned to Davis County to help contribute to the society that raised him.

Kurt is a very capable attorney with an even brighter future. His clients appreciate the work that he puts toward their individual cases. He enjoys taking on the distinct challenges presented by each case. He looks forward to getting to know each client personally and helping them the best he can.
  • Washburn Law School
    Juris Doctor , 2011
  • Washburn University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2011

Erik Helgesen

Erik graduated law school from Michigan State. He has been around legal matters his entire life since his father is also an attorney. Between his personal experience and official school, he has acquired an excellent understanding of how the legal process functions. This understand helps him to offer the help that his clients desire.

He specializes in the areas of estate planning, guardianship and probate. He is a very capable and intelligent attorney. He is known for his friendliness he offers toward each client. He gets to know each client personally but also uses his time very efficiently to help them avoid long unnecessary legal processes. He will defend his clients' rights and freedoms as long as it takes until they are satisfied with the outcome of their case.
  • Michigan State University Law School
    Juris Doctor , 2011

Rich Jones

Rich Jones received both his B.A. Degree in Economics and J.D. Law degree from Brigham Young University. After graduating the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982, Richard W. Jones began working as an attorney in Ogden for Helgesen, Houtz & Jones law firm, formerly known as Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones. He continues to work for this same firm today.

He focuses his practice on Real Estate Law, Homeowner Associations and Condominium Associations. He enjoys this type of work and tries to settle disputes outside the courtroom whenever possible.

Richard Jones resides in Davis County with his wife and family. They are the parents of 5 children. His oldest son is following in his footsteps and is graduating from Law School at BYU in 2013. After his graduation, he will be joining Helgesen, Houtz & Jones as an attorney. He and his wife have participated in many different humanitarian projects, many of which have been in different countries all across the world.
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU
    Juris Doctor , 1982

Michael Houtz

Michael Houtz earned a Masters Degree in French Studies from New York University in 1984, and returned to Utah to attend Law School at BYU. In 1989 he graduated with his J.D. Law Degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. He began working as an attorney in 1991 for the law firm Helgesen, Houtz & Jones after serving as clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals. He became a partner in the law firm in 1996.

He has earned a reputation for being one of the best Social Security Disability Attorneys in the State of Utah. He wins almost all of his cases. He also specializes as a Personal Injury Attorney, Medical Malpractice Attorney, Trust Attorney and Contracts Attorney. He has worked with many different criminal cases over his career as both an Attorney and a prosecutor.

When Michael isn't working, he is usually spending time with his wife and their five children. Their favorite thing to do is travel the country together. They are avid New York Yankee fans and have traveled to the Yankees Stadium many times to see their games.
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU
    Juris Doctor , 1989

Keith Backman

Keith Backman graduated with a J.D. Law Degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1993. He started his career working as an attorney with Helgesen, Houtz & Jones law firm in Ogden. He is now a parter of the law firm.

He focuses his practice on Business Law, Real Estate Law, Family Law, General Counsel Servcies and Estate Planning. He has appeared on behalf of his clients in almost every court along the Wasatch Front, including the Utah Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

His practice is focused on Business Law, Contracts, Family Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and General Counsel Services. He has represented clients in almost every court along the Wasatch Front and has appeared in the Utah Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court.

He recently appeared in the Utah Supreme Court for the case Investment V. Comcast of Utah II, INC. Based on his case, the Supreme Court went a new direction with their ruling on liquidated damages.

He met his wife as an undergraduate student at BYU, and they have been married ever since. They now have four children. His oldest daughter decided to follow in her parents footsteps by attending BYU.

Keith Backman loves to stay busy. When he isn't working, he's coming up with a project to keep him busy. He loves to read, ride his motorcycle around the city and hike with his family. He has always wanted to create a computer out of scratch and organize his book collection into a catalog for his children to use.
  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1993

Scott Nickle

After teaching English at Weber State University for four years, Scott Nickle decided he wanted to attend law school and become an attorney. He graduated from the Gonzaga School of Law in 2006. He began interning for Helgesen, Houtz & Jones in 2005 and returned as an attorney after received his J.D. Law Degree.

He focuses his law practice on Family Law and Estate Planning. He is one of the only Family Law Attorneys to deal with Surrogacy. He has experiences in all types of family law, which helps him to provide his clients with the professional help they are looking for in an attorney. He has represented clients in the Adult and Juvenile Court that are faced with criminal charges.

Scott lives in Kaysville together with his wife and their four children. Unless it's time for his children to do their homework, Scott loves being at home. He loves to spend time with his family and are always finding fun things to keep them busy.