About Frances M. Palacios


Law Office of Frances M. Palacios, Salt Lake City, Utah
Principal Attorney
1996 to Present

  • Represent clients in diverse areas of the law, including criminal and family law cases in numerous courts throughout the State of Utah
  • Counselor in juvenile law cases both for child and in-state proceedings against parents
  • Handle family law cases including divorce, custody issues, adoptions and guardianships
  • Extensive experience drove a high success rate, particularly in family law and custody cases

State of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Third District Commissioner, Salt Lake County, City of Salt Lake
1992 to 1995

  • Magistrate position in criminal and family law
  • Held preliminary hearings, ruled on motions, arraigned criminal defendants
  • Conducted trials in misdemeanor cases, including sentencing in misdemeanor cases
  • Managed high case loads
  • Heard protective orders in family law disputes
  • Conducted mental health hearings on civil commitments

Salt Lake Legal Defender Association
1980 – 1992

Misdemeanor Attorney, 1980 – 1981
Felony Attorney, 1981 – 1987
Criminal Defense Attorney, 1987 – 1992

  • In a high caseload environment, represented indigent clients through the entire legal process
  • Provided counsel on motions, bail hearings, interlocutory appeals, court trials, investigation, and post trial motions in often difficult client situations
  • Successfully argued before the Utah Supreme Court.


  • Juris DoctorUniversity of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, Police Science and Political Science – magna cum laudeWeber State University, Ogden, Utah


  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar
  • Former Board Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights

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