James directs clients through life-altering and complicated family law, criminal, estate planning, and personal injury matters. He keeps his clients well informed on all facets of their case and is devoted to returning client’s calls and emails personally and promptly. 

Call the firm for a free consultation. (801) 784-8654.


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Attorney James P. McGarvey

What We Offer

The Law Office of James P. McGarvey, PLLC, strives to provide personal attention and responsive service to clients going through divorce, facing criminal charges, seeking estate planning services, and personal injury cases. It is important to us that you as a client feel taken care of throughout our relationship. Call our office today at 801-784-8654, email James directly, or contact us online (contact us above) to schedule a free 45-minute consultation to discuss your legal matter with a loyal, aggressive, and professional attorney.

We offer high-quality legal representation,

personal attention, and responsive service.

Background 

James P. McGarvey received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and an Honor's Program Certificate in Preparation for Legal Study from the University of Utah.  James then received his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska.

Prior to attending law school, James worked at the Utah Army National Guard for over eight years, developing robust discipline that is so significant in family and criminal law practice. During law school, James co-founded the Family Law Student Society and served on its board for three years. James also represented Creighton Law at the ABA Law School Division, Regional Negotiation Competition, earned a litigation concentration, completed a criminal law and procedure concentration, and successfully completed the requirements placed forth by the Supreme Court of Nebraska to mediate. Subsequently to law school, James serves as a board member of Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

James is fortunate to have been mentored by multiple outstanding legal minds, including, but not limited to:

Stuart Dornan, former FBI Agent who is also the former District Attorney of Douglas County and is now a criminal defense attorney.

Greg J. O'Meara, S.J., former prosecutor, prosecuted Jeffry Dahmer, and subsequently worked as a criminal defense attorney.

David R. Stickman, the current Federal Defender for the District of Nebraska.










James is extremely fortunate to currently be mentored by the Honorable Judge Sharon McCully, former President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, served on the bench for over 27 years, and currently teaches at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law.

Family Law Practitioner

As a family law Attorney with first-hand experience in divorce, James McGarvey appreciates how divorce and custody cases may become an emotional roller-coaster that tests the strongest of us. James empathizes with his clients and works tirelessly to shield their rights through the divorce and custody process.

Committed to directing clients through challenging family law matters, James' professional history includes working at Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. While there James assisted clients in family law matters regarding divorce, custody, parentage, visitation, support, property distribution, and successfully litigated a custody trial. James subsequently worked with clients’ family law issues at the Milton Abrahams Legal Clinic in Omaha, Nebraska where he guided clients through issues surrounding divorce, custody, wills, trusts, probate, protective orders, domestic violence, guardianship, parentage actions, name changes, visitation, support, property distribution, and appellate advocacy. Concurrently with the clinic, James researched family law for the former President of the Family Law portion of the Nebraska Bar, Kathleen M. Schmidt. Prior to founding the Law Office of James P. McGarvey, James worked as an associate family law attorney for Intermountain Legal, P.C. where he guided clients through divorce, custody, parent time, visitation, support, protective orders, property distribution, parentage, enforcement of decrees, order to show cause, settlement negotiation, and modification of decrees.  

Criminal Law Practitioner


​As a Criminal Defense Attorney, James McGarvey understands how fear of the unknown weighs heavily on those charged with criminal offenses.  James believes that everyone deserves a second chance, cares about his clients and their families, and works tirelessly to shield their rights.  Whether your case requires going to trial to defend your rights, or if taking your case to trial is not in your best interest, James, as a great negotiator, will negotiate on your behalf with the prosecution to get you the best deal available. Call the Law Office of James P. McGarvey today for a free consultation about your criminal defense case.

Estate Planning Practitioner


As an estate planning attorney, James understands what it takes to draft and execute your trust and estate plan that will ensure that your intent is carried out and that your rights are protected. James worked under a Judge Advocate General (JAG) for two years in the Utah Army National Guard, where he drafted wills and powers of attorney for deploying soldiers. Whether you would like a simple will or a more complicated trust, James will work hard to ensure that your intentions are carried through. As you may wish to update your estate plan James will work with you to update your will and trust, as needed.

Personal Injury Practitioner


As a Personal Injury Attorney with a strong negotiation background, James is concerned about your personal injury settlement. The vast majority of cases do not go to trial and are settled through negotiation with an insurance company and your attorney. Whether you have been in a car accident, bitten by a dog, or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, James will work tirelessly to ensure that the insurance company gives you the settlement that you deserve. Call the Law Office of James P. McGarvey for a free consultation for your personal injury case.

Law Office of James P. McGarvey​: Loyal, Aggressive, Professional.

The Law Office of James P. McGarvey strives to provide personal attention and responsive service to clients. James offers a unique form of representation that includes meticulous personal attention to your case, your needs, and your future.  James is committed to supplying his clients with outstanding legal representation. He directs clients through life-altering and complicated family law, criminal law, estate planning, and personal injury matters.  James keeps his clients well informed on all facets of their case and is devoted to returning client’s calls and emails personally and promptly.

Call today at (801) 784-8654 or email me at jmcgarvey@lawofficeofjpm.com or online (contact us above) to schedule a free 45-minute consultation to discuss your case with a loyal, aggressive, and professional attorney.

Admissions

​Utah
U.S. District Court of Utah

Education

J.D., Creighton University School of Law.