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

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

Nathan Langston

Nathan Langston was raised in St. George, Utah and is happy to call southern Utah his home. He focuses his practice on a wide variety of personal injury cases and has significant courtroom experience fighting hard for the rights of his clients.

Following his graduation from Dixie High School and Dixie College, Nathan attended the University of Utah where he received his Bachelor's degree in Biological Chemistry. He used his chemistry degree working as a clinical laboratory scientist before beginning law school at the University of Utah's college of law. During law school, Nathan was introduced to personal injury litigation while clerking for a medical negligence law firm. There, he developed a passion for helping injured victims receive fair compensation for injuries they received through no fault of their own. Nathan graduated law school and was admitted to practice in 2011.

From there, he continued to develop his skills as a personal injury attorney in Salt Lake until returning home to St. George in 2013.

When outside the office, Nathan spends much of his time outdoors. He enjoys snowboarding in the winter and can be found skim boarding on the Virgin River during the warmer months. He even enjoys hand crafting his own custom-made skim boards.

Ashley Wilson

Ashley is passionate about fighting for her client's rights. She has helped many victims who have had their rights violated. Ashley continually strives to empathize with her clients and help them feel at peace with the entire legal process. She understands that for many clients, this is a traumatic time of their lives. Ashley exhibits excellence in everything she does. Prior to working as an attorney, Ashley attended Utah Valley University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Finance. She also received the Woodbury School of Business Achievement Award. Following her undergraduate education, she graduated from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. While there, she received the Glenn L. Farr Scholarship and was the Senior Editor for the Brigham Young University Law Review. Ashley was admitted to practice law by the Utah State Bar.

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