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Morley & Associates, P.C., proudly serves the State of Utah.We have built our client base through dedication and determination, something which has allowed us to become the law firm we are today. We take great pride in providing you with the finest representation, when choosing us for all of your legal needs.
C. Val Morley has been in practice since 1986. He graduated from Willamette Law School in 1986, and was managing editor for the Willamette Law Review, he had two articles published, he received two High Paper awards, he made the Dean's List, and he was special assistant in the United States Attorney's Office. Mr. Morley also obtained an undergraduate degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Morley spent nearly nine years as a prosecuting attorney in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Morley has prosecuted criminal cases in Utah and Salt Lake Counties and has represented clients in over 100 jury trials.
Taylor C. Hartley is an energetic, caring, and strategic attorney who is highly interested in solving people's problems that they cannot solve on their own, whether those problems are simple matters or complex cases, in almost any area of the law.

In the private sector before working at Morley & Associates, P.C., Mr. Hartley owned his own law firm with associate attorneys, interns, and legal assistants, focusing on state and federal criminal defense and juvenile law for over seven years. During this time, he achieved the rare distinction among lawyers of being admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the public sector, Mr. Hartley works weekly in Wasatch County District Court as one of the regular public defenders, helping those who qualify for indigent defense. At the beginning of his legal career, he worked for the honorable Judge Gary D. Stott in the Fourth District Court as his judicial law clerk and as his court's bailiff after receiving law enforcement training at P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training).

In academia, Mr. Hartley was an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University, teaching International Law with a focus on the United Nations and teaching Introduction to American Law, covering broadly the major different kinds of law practiced in the United States.

Mr. Hartley enjoys writing on legal, political, and religious topics and is a published author. He wrote a book on the morality of criminal defense from both a legal and religious perspective, titled, “Sinner's Advocate: An LDS Perspective on the Morality of Criminal Defense.”

Because he finds purpose in serving others meaningfully, Mr. Hartley founded a non-profit organization to help people with a life-threatening and severely disabling skin disorder become more self-reliant. For eight years, he served in various capacities, including Chief Legal Officer and President of the United Survivors with Epidermorlysis Bullosa (USeb).

For the community, Mr. Hartley is a Utah lobbyist and for about three years, he served as the Advocacy Committee Chair of the United Nations Association of Utah (UNAU) for about three years, working with legislators and others to make an impact for good in all the world by involving political leaders at the state and national levels to support the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations.

In his personal life, Mr. Hartley is an Eagle Scout and a Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin Ryu karate. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seoul, South Korea where he not only learned the spoken and written Korean language, but he also learned Korean Sign Language as a missionary responsible for teaching those who were deaf for about half of his mission.

Once his mission was honorably completed, he earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology in less than two academic years after studying at Ricks College, the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Brigham Young University. One of his favorite jobs during school was teaching new missionaries from all over the world at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah to serve effectively in their assigned missions within the United States.

Mr. Hartley pursued a Jurist Doctor degree at California Western School of Law in San Diego where he had one of the best scholarships the school offers. Because of his grades in the first year of law school, he was selected to be a “large group tutor” for seventy (70) incoming students and to be a notetaker for disabled and foreign students in many law school classes for the remaining two years of his studies. While in California, he gained work experiences in Family, Workers Compensation, Employment, Franchise, Contract, Construction, and Corporate law.

Shortly after finishing law school there, he moved home to Utah. With only self-study as preparation, Mr. Hartley took and passed the Utah Bar exam. His first legal job in Utah was as a law clerk with a criminal defense firm that inspired his strong interest in criminal and juvenile law.

To Mr. Hartley, working as a lawyer is more of a service for others with sophisticated adventures in helping them overcome challenging problems than it is anything else. He is an idealist who turns his dreams into practical realities that benefit as many people as he can in the best way possible.

Jennifer L. Northcott graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School. Ms. Northcott is a trained mediator and is court certified. She received her Bachelor of Science with a double major in psychology and political science from Brigham Young University. Ms. Northcott has experience in family law (including divorce, custody, child abuse and neglect, guardianship, paternity and adoption), wills and estates, contracts, personal injury and mediation (including small claims, housing, domestic and victim-offender). Ms. Northcott interned with the Washington D.C. Corporation Counsel in the Child Abuse and Neglect division. She also worked for the University of Alberta's Population Research Lab as a consultant to various agencies of the Alberta government. The articles and research that Ms. Northcott collaborated on, resulted in several publications and laid the foundation for some of Alberta's Public Policy in Health Care.