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Nate Bonney Photography Attending school by day, managing a bar at night, and being a full-time mom, Lazaro sardonically adds, “And, occasionally I got some sleep.” “Today, my son and I are very close, and he has a very strong work ethic and a healthy respect for women, so I think it all worked out pretty well.” FINDING THE COURTROOM Graduating early from law school in December 2008, Lazaro had passed the bar by February of the following year. Almost immediately, she was approached by a fellow attorney in the process of leaving a large fi rm to strike out on his own, and invited Lazaro to partner with him. “I was working on my MBA when I started law school, I had always envisioned myself working in corporate law,” she says. “But then working with Paul, whose focus was personal injury and criminal defense, I discovered I just loved being in a courtroom. I love trial work, the judges, the prosecutors, everything about the experience. It just fi ts my personality.” Aft er meeting and marrying her husband, a coach at the University of Montana, the family moved to Utah when he was off ered a coaching position with the University of Utah basketball team. It wasn’t long before she was ready to launch Lazaro Law Group, and the rest, as they say, is history. “I love Salt Lake,” she says. “People have been really good to me and there have been so many wonderful opportunities here.” A popular guest speaker and presenter, Lazaro shares her insights, experience and inspiration with a variety of audiences, including students of the law school, the Utah Bar young lawyers division, and as an enthusiastic participant in the “shadowing” program and career fairs of the Canyons School District. “Th ese are all extremely important to me,” says Lazaro. “I feel a very strong calling to give back to both the legal profession and the community by trying to inspire and encourage kids and young adults to follow their dreams and not be afraid to work hard to achieve them.” Lazaro’s self-described, “big personality” serves her well both in the courtroom and as invisible armor against the aspersions criminal defenders frequently endure. “I don’t let negative comments bother me,” she says. “Actually, I try to make it a point not to read most of what’s out there. I’ve received some pretty cruel and vicious Tweets and emails just for doing my job. “People frequently ask me, ’How can you represent that criminal?’ It’s probably the thing I get questioned about most oft en,” she adds. “I just turn the question around and ask, ’What would you want if you were charged with a crime?’” Assuming guilt just because a person has been arrested or charged is a common human frailty. But, Lazaro focuses on the rewarding aspects of her work. Helping people is her forte, especially those caught in a maze of legalese, facing the possibility of a frightening outcome and trying to decipher a system that is completely foreign. “When people fi nd themselves in the system, they don’t understand how it works or even what their rights are,” Lazaro explains. “Th ey need someone they can trust, someone who is knowledgeable and can fi ght for them, and help them understand they have one very positive thing going for them, the best judicial system in the world.” AT A GLANCE 405 S. Main Street, Suite 930 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 559-0055 www.lazarolegal.com LAZARO LAW GROUP PRACTICE AREAS Sports Law Criminal Law Personal Injury ASSUMING GUILT Juris Doctor, Th e University of Montana School of Law, 2008 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government, Th e University of Montana, 2005 AJPHA Reserve World Champion Reining, 1997 AJPHA Top Ten Reining, 1998 Member of the National Scholars Honor Society, 2005 Phi Delta Phi National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Women Lawyers of Utah Utah Bar Association Montana Bar Association Salt Lake County Bar Association David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court Montana Bar Association American Bar Association National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Corporate Sponsor of Brighton High Hockey Pro Bono Work for Patrons of Homeless Youth Center Canyons School District Mentor, Career Fairs Speaker & Presenter EDUCATION HONORS PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Vol. 5 No. 1 Attorney at Law Magazine ® Greater Salt Lake City | 15

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