Shane is a skilled advocate and legal counselor for families in all of their forms. His background in mental health and social services gives him a unique perspective when dealing with opposing parties, witnesses, his clients, and the court. He provides his clients strategic, intelligent, and forceful advocacy with an appropriate balance of gentle reassurance throughout the legal process.  Shane has significant skill and experience in legal matters involving:

  • Divorce, division of marital estate, and alimony
  • Custody, parent-time, and child support
  • Pre/post-marital agreements
  • Protective orders
  • Child abuse, neglect, and dependency
  • Paternity and parentage
  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy and gestational agreements, donor agreements, and assisted reproductive technology
  • Same-sex relationship recognition/dissolution and parental rights, LGBT Family Law
  • Alternative family forms

Shane completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Justice Ronald E. Nehring of the Utah Supreme Court in 2011. He speaks Spanish fluently and regularly.  He provides pro bono legal advice to members of the LGBT community at the Utah Pride Center’s Rainbow Law Clinic.  Shane was named as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star in the Mountain States for family law in 2015 and again in 2016.

Awards, Activities & Publications

  • SuperLawyers® Rising Star in the Mountain States for Family Law
  • A Founding Board Member of LGBT & Allied Lawyers of Utah Bar Association
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Family Law published by the Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar Association
  • Note and Comment Editor of the University of Utah College of Law Journal of Law and Family Studies
  • Shane A. Marx, Case Note, A Best-Interest Inquiry: The Missing Ingredient in Utah Family Law For Children of Alternative Families—Jones v. Barlow, 11 J.L. & Fam. Stud. 157 (2008)
 

Past Professional Experience

  • Attorney, Dolowitz Hunnicutt, PLLC
  • Attorney, Lauren R. Barros, P.C.
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Justice Ronald E. Nehring, Utah Supreme Court
  • Research and Drafting Clerk, Questar Corp. General Counsel (2009 and Tomsic & Peck, LLC (2008)
  • Social Service Worker, health clinic serving LGBT and Latino populations
  • Case Worker / Extern, Utah Division of Child and Family Services
 

Education

Juris Doctor – University of Utah

  • William H. Leary Scholar
  • Stephen Pierre Traynor Outstanding Legal Writing Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Top Achievement Awards:
    • Legal Methods & Writing;
    • Land Use & Control;
    • Estate Planning; and
    • Equality, Liberty & Civil Rights
  • College of Law Outstanding Performance Awards:
    • Legal Methods & Writing;
    • Trusts & Estates; and
    • Estate Planning

Dual Bachelors of Arts, Valedictorian – Utah State University

  • Family and Human Development
  • Spanish – credits domesticated from studies at Universidad de La Rioja, Spain
 

Personal

Shane was born and raised in Cache Valley, Utah. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and his rescue dogs. Shane resides with his husband and dogs in the mountains adjacent to Salt Lake City, Utah