Jonathan Felt, Family Attorney, Mediator & PGAL
Prior to law school, Jonathan served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 2002 to 2005 and in the Air Force Reserves from 2005 to 2008. He served as a Lieutenant and Section Commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base, MT, and as a Captain and Chief of Military Equal Opportunity for the 939th Air Refueling Wing in Portland, OR.
From 2007 to 2011, Jonathan worked as a middle and high school Choir Teacher for the Siuslaw School District in Florence, OR. Due to the recession and tight school budgets, Jonathan also taught remedial Math and 11th-Grade Health.
Jonathan’s experience as a teacher and his love for children help him deeply understand children’s best interests and the effects of family legal issues on both children and their parents. Jonathan works hard to represent their best interests in court.
Jonathan worked from 2015 to 2016 as General Counsel for UST Manufacturing in Layton, UT. Jonathan formed the Felt Family Law Firm in late 2016, and in 2017 joined Open Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm in Salt Lake City, UT. In early 2018, Jonathan returned to Ogden and focusing his expertise on serving family legal needs
Professional Recognition and Awards
In 2017, Jonathan was named Utah’s Young Lawyer Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for his many volunteer efforts helping Utah families, and Jonathan completed training as a Utah Mediator in business and family matters.
In 2018, Jonathan was named a RISING STAR in the field of Family Law by the American Institute of Legal Advocates. When Open Legal Services disbanded, later in 2018, Jonathan returned full time to Ogden and to continue serving Utah families, primarily in Weber and Davis Counties.
Jonathan’s passion for serving families has earned him many awards. He received recognition not only as a lawyer but also as a member of the Air Force and as a school teacher, including:
- 2004 341st Operations Group personnel Manager of the Year
- 2010 Clause Nobel teacher of Excellence Award
- 2017 Utah Pro Bono Publico Young Lawyer of the Year
- 2018 Rising Star in the Field of Family Law
Jonathan excels not only as an Attorney but also as a Mediator. Jonathan was first trained to mediate in 2005 by the U.S. Department of Defense. Specializing in settling employment and discrimination complaints. In 2013, he traveled to Budapest, Hungary, where he completed additional mediation training focused on resolving international and cross-cultural disputes.
In 2017, Jonathan completed 80 additional hours of mediation training to join the Utah Court Roster of Domestic Mediators. Jonathan’s experience as a teacher, attorney, and cross-cultural mediator make him ideal for custody disputes once again.
- Brigham Young University, B.A. Music (1999)
- Montana State University-Northern, M.S. Education, Learning Development (2004)
- Western Oregon University, M.A. Teaching (2006)
- Hamline University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude (2014)
Jonathan received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2014 with High Honors (magna cum laude) from Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Jonathan a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Hamline’s prestigious Dispute Resolution Institute (ranked #2 in the nation).
Jonathan is constantly involved in the professional community, where he can learn, grow and contribute. Jonathan’s professional affiliations include:
- UTAH Bar (Since 2015)
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Weber County Bar Association
- Davis County Bar Association
- Utah Bar & ABA Family Law Sections
- Utah Bar & ABA Young Lawyers Divisions
- Utah Bar & ABA Dispute Resolution Sections
- Utah Bar Litigation Section
- American Inns of Court, Northern Utah Chapter
- Reuben Clark Law Society, Ogden Chapter
Jonathan currently serves as President Elect of the Weber County Bar, Treasurer for the Utah Bar Dispute Resolution Section, and Northern Utah Liaison for the Utah Bar Young Lawyer’s Division.
Private Guardian Ad Litem
Jonathan is specially trained as a Private Guardian ad Litem (PGAL) to work directly with children in divorce, protective order, and custody proceedings. Since children are normally not allowed to testify in court, a PGAL may be appointed to get to know and speak for the child in court. PGALs are called on when custody, protective order and divorce proceedings include allegations of abuse or neglect of one or more of the minor children involved.