George T. Waddoups
Founder and President
George T. Waddoups has practiced law since 1982. Born and raised in Brigham City, Utah, George has enjoyed practicing law in the state of Utah because of the deep sense of community he feels for Utahans. George has always been involved with the community, whether teaching high school seminary or coaching baseball, basketball or soccer. He is motivated by his sense of civic and community responsibility. George has often spoken to high school civics and history classes. After graduating from the Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Pre-law, as well as a minor in Economics, he pursued a Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University. George has always felt that education is a high priority and has instilled that in his five children. Two of his five children, Riley and Michelle Waddoups, both practice law.
George has represented many people over the years, recovering over $300 million dollars for his clients in settlements and verdicts, and has reached numerous seven and eight-figure settlements.
One of George’s most notable cases involved a trucking accident, which resulted in a wrongful death. George’s client was traveling on the highway, when a semi-truck made a left turn in front of him. He had little time to react, and the impact of the incident killed him. The jury reached a verdict in the case and awarded George’s client and gave his family $58.5 million dollars. This was a major relief to the victim’s family to help for future expenses that would come as a result of losing their father.
George is a member of numerous legal organizations. George is rated by his peers and has been nominated a Super Lawyer for ten years, and Legal Elite for many years. Over his thirty-nine years of practice, George has been recognized nationally for his work. George has also been recognized as one of the The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, an award that recognizes an attorney’s success in preserving justice for all. George is also part of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1%. George has worked tirelessly in advocating for his clients’ relief through getting justice and obtaining fair compensation from insurance companies. Through donating his time and money, George has shown a devoted sense of community. He has regularly contributed to numerous charities. George enjoys spending time with his five children at Bear Lake, where they like to boat and spend time outdoors. George also enjoys cruising around on his Harley motorcycle, exploring the Midwest.
- Utah State University, B.S., 1978
- Memphis State University, J.D., 1982
- Licensed in Utah and Idaho
MEMBERSHIPS (Current and Past)
- American Association for Justice
- Utah Association for Justice
- Utah State Bar Advertising Committee Litigation Section (Prior)
- Idaho and U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1982
- Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 1983
- Super Lawyer for at least 10 years
- Utah Legal Elite
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- The American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent
- Utah Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Top 100 Attorneys of Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming
- Member of the Eight Figure Club
Michelle K. Waddoups
Michelle is dedicated to each case she takes on, and, as an active member of the Utah State Bar, she can ensure that clients receive help repairing their lives.
Helping others has always been important in Michelle’s life. Before she pursued a law degree, she successfully managed a childcare center in addition to teaching preschool and school-aged children.
Working as a dispute specialist contributed to Michelle pursuing a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
While in law school, she served as Secretary of the Student Bar Association. Michelle also worked at the Public Sector Law Project Clinic and was a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Federal Bar Association.
Michelle received several recognitions while in law school, including the Student Bar Association Leadership and Service Recognition Award as well as the Public Sector Law Project Service Award.
Before law school, Michelle studied as an undergraduate at the University of Utah, where she was on the Dean’s List and double majored. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Human Development and Family Studies.
Michelle cares about each client and giving them excellent representation, which is why she has served as the Utah Association for Justice Women’s Caucus Chair, serves on the UAJ Board, and has been a part of the American Bar Association, UAJ, UAJWC, American Association for Justice, The National Trial Lawyers, and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best. Michelle thinks that membership in these organizations are important because they are about fighting for individual rights and fair justice for people who have been injured by someone else’s negligence or strict liability conduct. She was honored that her peers awarded her Legal Elite in Utah Business 2020 Legal Elite and has also been nominated to be part of Super Lawyers.
Michelle has focused her practice on injuries from car accidents, wrongful death claims, product liability, and some medical malpractice – successfully settling many cases.
When Michelle is not at work, she enjoys exercising, playing with her doodles, planning events, and spending time with family and friends. During the summer, she frequently visits the lake with her family and friends.
Geri C. Kelley
Allow us to introduce you to your attorney. Geri started her professional career in healthcare as Nurse L.P.N at McKay-Dee Hospital. As a surgical floor nurse, she saw firsthand the needs of patients and what it takes to help them at their most vulnerable times.
From there, she moved to education at Viewmont High and Clearfield High for a decade as a teacher of English and humanities. The time spent with her students provided invaluable experiences in the community while leading our youth and providing a safe environment to foster learning.
All this brings us to the law. For over 20 years, she's been fighting for the rights of the injured and wronged in Utah.
After graduating from Quinnipiac University Law, she started as a personal injury attorney bringing you the unique expertise of decades of experience, knowledge, and compassion. She has the broad understanding you need to help you through the legal and medical system.