Named the 2013 Trial Attorney of the Year by the Parental Defense Alliance of Utah, Vernon Jolley has nearly 30 years experience as a legal professional. He is an accomplished trial attorney who is admitted to practice in Utah and California and before various federal district courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C.
Vernon has helped thousands of clients in many areas of the law, including civil/business litigation, contract law, personal injury and family law. He is deeply committed to the cause of Fathers Rights and to helping fathers in all areas of the law.
In addition to logging more hours in the courtroom than most attorneys in the legal profession, Vernon also logs many hours on the racetrack where he pushes the limits of his Factory Five AC Cobra that he built from the ground up.
Alexander Jolley received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he began Law School at Marquette University School of Law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and later received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law in Northern California. During his three years of law school, Alexander received several prestigious awards in research, writing, civil rights/public remedies, and public interest practice.
After law school, Alexander accepted a position with the United States Small Business Administration helping hurricane victims recover from their tragedies. His responsibilities included drafting real estate loan contracts, reviewing documents for state and federal compliance of regulations and leading large teams of Attorneys and Paralegals.
Alexander is a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Texas Young Lawyers, and the American Bar Association. He is fluent in Spanish.
In his spare time, Alexander enjoys traveling with his family, playing sports, and riding his Can Am Commander Side by Side in the Utah back country.
Mark is a Senior Family Law Attorney at Jolley & Jolley. Mark handles all types of domestic and family law matters including, but not limited to, custody, divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, termination of parental rights, paternity, and modifications. In addition, he defends clients charged with issues of domestic violence and abuse resulting in protective orders and criminal charges. Mark also handles matters involving land use and zoning.
Currently, Mark is a Small Claims Court Judge and has presided over hundreds of cases in the Third District Court and the Salt Lake City Justice Court. He also is a member of the West Valley City Board of Adjustments and a Board Member for OCTheory.org, Inc. Since the end of January 2011, Mark is a certified mediator for all legal matters, including Utah Family Law.
Prior to Jolley & Jolley, Mark was the Assistant Attorney General of American Samoa for a year and a half. He has worked as corporate counsel for several businesses and has provided legal work for Utah Legal Aid Society of Provo and the Utah County Attorney’s Office.Mark is interested in sports. While a law student, he published the first article on the antitrust issues of NCAA’s Bowl Championship Series. He is also an executive committee member for two groups that attempted to establish a playoff for all college football teams.
Prior to becoming law school, Mark worked in zone enforcement and land use and transportation planning for Utah County’s Community Development Office (Utah), Yakima County’s Planning Department (Washington), and Mountain Land Association of Governments (Utah).
Mark’s legal work and effort can best be summed up by United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton when he wrote, “[Counsel] Hales has gone above and beyond the call of duty” (Mahjor v. Kempthorne, 518 F.Supp.2d 221, 240 (2007).
Since 1995, John has helped hundreds of clients achieve their legal goals. He has represented people in all aspects of civil litigation, from emergency injunctive orders through published appeals.
John’s list of former clients includes small businesspeople from startups to over $50 million in annual revenues, entertainers including Oscar and Grammy nominees and winners, individuals with net worth over $100 million, and regular people who needed help in serious situations.
Family law has been John’s focus since he began practicing law in the mid-1990s. In 2001, he became one of the youngest attorneys (in terms of years of practice) to be recognized by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist.
John has been invited by the Superior Courts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to work as a Judge Pro Tempore, presiding over domestic violence, civil harassment, and peer court calendars.
Mark R. LaRocco grew up in Cache Valley, Utah, where he graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2004. He served a two-year LDS mission to Toronto, Canada, and became fluent in Canadian English.
Mark attended three law schools: His first year was at the University of Akron School of Law in Ohio, where he had a full scholarship. During the summer between his first and second year, he studied at St. Louis University’s Madrid Campus in Spain. That summer, he transferred to the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008.
During law school, Mark fulfilled an externship working in the field of immigration law at Holy Cross Ministries, as well as serving a judicial externship for Justice Jill N. Parrish of the Utah Supreme Court. Mark also worked during the summer of 2007 at Atkin Law Offices in downtown Salt Lake City, and he worked at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office as a law clerk in 2008.
After graduating from law school, Mark moved to Provo to work in the Fourth District Court of Utah. Mark served as a law clerk/bailiff for Judge Gary D. Stott until Judge Stott’s retirement in 2009, then worked for a year for Judge Lynn W. Davis. In September of 2010, Mark began working at Jolley & Jolley, and has enjoyed helping to protect fathers’ rights in divorce and custody cases ever since.
Mark enjoys basketball, golf, running, hiking, hunting, and fishing. He is an avid reader and a self-proclaimed film buff. In March of 2010, Mark married his sweetheart Holly, and they moved to Cottonwood Heights in August.
Seth A. Floyd was born and raised in the Southeastern United States. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2007, and afterwards received a scholarship to attend Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.
During law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board and the Mock Trial Team, and was awarded the privilege to compete in both the National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition in Chicago and the ABA Labor Law Mock Trial Competition in Miami. Seth was also awarded a Fellowship from the Florida Bar, which he chose to complete at the Office of the Public Defender Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville. He graduated from law school in December 2010, and became a member of the Utah State Bar in 2011.
He and his wife Rebecca are the proud parents of two young daughters, Clare and Emma. As a father himself, Seth is passionately believes in the necessity of ensuring that a father’s rights are protected and he is privileged to be a part of this mission at Jolley & Jolley.
In his personal life, Seth has always enjoyed athletic competition and played soccer at the collegiate level. He also enjoys the outdoors, reading, ancient history, and studying foreign languages and cultures. He speaks Spanish fluently, has tried recently to revive what little Russian he learned in college, and in the near future is planning to learn German!
Tineke van Dijk was born in the Netherland and immigrated to America when she was three. Tineke received her Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in Communications from the University of Utah. She attended the University Of Utah College Of Law, graduating in 1991. She received the Women Law Student of the Year Award and was selected as the best oralist in the Traynor Moot Court.
After law school Tineke went into private practice where she practiced law and had a mediation practice for seventeen years. Tineke has taken two family law cases up before the Court of Appeals and one before the Utah Supreme Court. Both of which were published opinions. During that time she was active in the family law, minority law and women lawyer’s associations of the Utah State Bar Association. Thereafter she was counsel for Valley Mental Health for three years before joining Jolley & Jolley.
Along with her extensive experience in family law, Tineke brings to Jolley & Jolley a deep commitment to ensuring that parents who are no longer together maintain a meaningful and equal relationships with their children.
Outside of law, Tineke’s love is the game of tennis – although she now considers herself more of a “sideline shouter” than a participant. Though she claims it didn’t help her game much, Tineke was once briefly coached by the tennis legend, Billy Jean King. Regardless how much Tineke downplays her tennis play, we say, who needs “game” when you have that on your resumé!