MARK SHURTLEFF BIOGRAPHY
Education: University of Utah SJ Quinney School of Law, Legal, 1985, J.D.
BYU, Undergraduate, 1971, B.S. in political science and international relations
Courts: U.S. District Court for the District of Utah; U.S. District Court, Central District of
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
State Bars: Utah, 1985; California, 1999 Admitted only in Utah and California.
Employment: Senior Partner, Shurtleff Law Firm, 2013 - Present
Principal, The Shurtleff Group, 2013 - Present
Executive VP & General Counsel, MicromistNOW, 2014 - Present
Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2013
Utah Attorney General, 2000-2013
Deputy County Attorney for Salt Lake County, 1997-1998
Assistant Utah Attorney General, 1994 -1997
Associate, Law Offices of R.Q. Shupe, 1992 - 1994
Associate, Smith, Smith & Kring, 1990 - 1992
U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corp, 1985-1990
Associations: Former Chairman, Conference of Western Attorney General (CWAG)
Executive Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)
Board of Directors: Jason Foundation; National Immigration Forum; America-Israel Friendship League, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids: Washington Legal Foundation; Utah Prosecution Council; Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice; Constitutional
Defense Council; Governor’s Child & Family Cabinet; Utah Citizens Against
Affiliations: Boy Scout leader for 22 years and was honored with the Silver Beaver.
Awards: 2004 “Champion of Children” Award; 2005 Utah “Protector of Children” Award; 2005 “Guardian of the Light” Award; 2006 Internet Safety Person of the Year by the Boys
and Girls Clubs; 2006 “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Conference for Community and
Justice; 2007 “Statesman of the Year”;
Distinctions: In 2006 Mark received the highest award given by Mexico to a non-Mexican, The Order of the Aztec Eagle, presented to him by President Vicente Fox and the Mexican Senate.
Presentations: Keynote: "Major State and Local Trends Issues,” Mortgage Bankers Association’s Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference, Boca Raton, FL, May 21, 2013.
Panelist, “The Relationship between the CFPB and the States: Data Sharing,
Confidentiality, and Protocols,” AGEP Third Annual Public Policy Institute on Financial
Services, George Mason University School of Law, Law & Economics Center, Arlington,
Virginia, May 3, 2013.
Moderator, “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mortgage
Lending Initiatives,” AGEP Third Annual Public Policy Institute on Financial Services,
George Mason University School of Law, Law & Economics Center, Arlington, Virginia,
May 2, 2013.
Speaker, Pennsylvania Law School, “Policing Immigrant Communities: State and Loca
Immigration Enforcement Trends and Challenges,” Philadelphia, PA, March 15, 2013.
Speaker, “Understanding the CFPB and State Attorneys General Regulatory Issues
Relating to Debt Collection,” Credit and Collection News Webinar, March 7, 2013.
Presenter, “The Role of State Attorneys General in Enforcing Federal
Law,” Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy, January 25, 2013.
Publications: Profiled, “Decision Maker,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 28, 2013.
Author, “A Dream of Youthful Hopes,” First Focus, September 27, 2012.
Profiled, “The Quiet Ones,12 Leaders Who Get Things Done,” Rolling Stone, 1/19/12.
Author, "Am I Not A Man? The Dred Scott Story." A 550 page historical novel about the
man behind the landmark Supreme Court case which led directly to the election of
Abraham Lincoln, emancipation and freedom.
Main Biography: Mark Shurtleff resigned as a partner in the Washington, DC, office of International Law Firm of Troutman Sanders where he was a member of the State Attorneys General team, in order to start his own law firm, regulatory and legal consulting firm, and several business ventures. Mark retired from public office as the only three term Attorney General in the history of the State of Utah. He is recognized as an expert in numerous cutting edge legal skills and issues including litigation, business law, criminal law, constitutional law, finance, entertainment, and energy-related matters. Working with his colleagues on both sides of the political aisle, Mark won praise for fashioning workable solutions to a variety of problems.
Notable achievements during his tenure as the Utah Attorney General include: Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has received national recognition, while in office, over 500 internet predators and child pornographers were arrested and convicted (with a 99% conviction rate.) The number of sex offenders in Utah prisons increased by more than 50%. Set up Utah’s AMBER Alert, which became a model for the nation and has received national awards, and he led the development of the first statewide Child Abduction Response Team. He developed the first statewide identity theft database, the Identity Theft Reporting and Information System or IRIS. The website is a one stop resource for victims to file online complaints with law enforcement, clear their credit and learn how to better protect their identities.