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Legal Heat was purchased by National Training Solutions Inc. in 2014. Thus, I no longer own the company or mark, and am currently happily retained to work in a formal advisory capacity
02 PUBLISHED WORKS
AUTHOR OF LEGAL HEAT: 50 STATE GUIDE TO FIREARM LAWS.
AVAILABLE IN TRADITIONAL & APP FORMAT. OVER 400,000 COPIES SOLD. REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR TO VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart since 2004 and we have 3 children. We live in Northern Utah and very much enjoy living below the Wasatch Mountains. I enjoy traveling and have seen many sunrises over the Great Karoo in Africa and many sunsets over the Amazon River in Brazil (though not in the same day). I have lived in several countries and speak Portuguese fluently and Spanish conversationally. I paid my way through college by working as a professional hunting guide, guiding big game hunts throughout the Western United States. This experience instilled in me a passion for the outdoors and
wildlife conservation. In my free time you will find me coaching my children's teams, spending time with the family and participating in as many outdoor activities for which I can find time.
In 2008 I co-founded and grew an educational training firm from a single Utah based location to over 50 locations in 17 states by 2015. My firm was tasked with generating curriculum for, and instructing, specialty certification training courses for workforce certificates, as well as various state and federal licenses. Working in conjunction with trade schools, state entities and private businesses, we were able to establish ourselves as the premier provider in our industry. By 2015 our firm was enrolling over 20,000 students in our courses each year and growing at a rapid pace. In late 2014, I was approached by a group of Ohio based investors who purchased my company and are currently expanding on the model. The purchase of my company has given me the freedom to pursue other career paths for which I have a passion.
In 2009 I wrote and published a 50 state firearm law guide book that has since sold tens of thousands of copies in traditional format, and is currently in its 6th edition. I also created and published a firearm law mobile phone application (available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices) that has over 300,000 users and has been a top 20 selling app in Apple & Android's "reference" categories since 2012.
I began my legal career as a prosecuting attorney in the state of Washington and have been an associate attorney at Nelsen Law Offices, P.C. since 2012. Our firm practices primarily in the areas of business, contract, firearm, regulatory compliance and estate planning law. I have experience representing clients in a wide variety of legal issues including complex contract disputes, National Firearm Act compliance matters, real estate development projects, criminal and civil litigation, among others. I am routinely retained by large corporations and other firms nationwide to help with firearm law compliance matters, and recently completed an extensive project involving one of the largest privately owned firearm estates in America.
Through my company, North Wasatch Consulting, I offer a variety of consulting services including being on a continuous retainer by nationwide firearm industry brands, retailers and private firms. I also routinely speak at law and entrepreneurship conferences, as well as teach Continuing Legal Education seminars. Recent speaking engagements include speaking at the Firearms Industry Compliance Conference and the Business Leader's Forum, among others.
In 2015 I was offered, and accepted, a tenure track Assistant Professor position with Salt Lake Community College teaching business law, entrepreneurship, contract law and other business courses. I serve as Chair Elect of the General Education Committee and have been tasked with renovating the course curriculum for several courses, including MGT. 2020 - Entrepreneurship, BUS. 1010- Introduction to Business, MGT 1100 - Small Business Management, and MGT. 2050 - The Legal Environment of Business.