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Nathan Evershed is a former prosecutor and is now a defense attorney with the law firm Nelson Jones, PLLC. He is familiar with both sides of the criminal justice system and is well equipped to defend you from criminal charges.

What is a Prosecutor?

A prosecutor represents the government and files criminal charges against individuals. The prosecutor needs to present enough evidence to prove his or her case beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas a defense attorney needs to present the best possible defense to assist his or her client.

Experience is Essential

An important factor in considering choosing a criminal defense attorney is the experience one has in conducting jury trials. Nathan has tried every kind of case, so be assured that you will have the experience necessary representing you. For over 11 years, Nathan was a Deputy District Attorney inside the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office (DA’s Office). During his time inside the DA’s Office, he became very familiar with the entire criminal process. Nathan screened cases presented by law enforcement, charged cases in court, filed and argued motions, presented evidence at all stages of the criminal process and went to jury trial dozens of times.  Many of his jury trials were some of Utah’s most high profile these past 11 years

With over a decade of experience in the DA’s Office, Nathan went to court many times a week and developed the skills to become a very effective litigator and one of the most respected criminal attorneys in Utah. With his courtroom skills, he is well equipped to defend your case.

The Criminal Justice System Is Complex - Use A Skilled Lawyer

The criminal justice system is complex and multi-leveled. Nathan has experience with each step. From the investigation stage to screening charges, to filing, to pretrial hearings, preliminary hearings, motion hearings, jury trials, and post-conviction matters.


A jury trial is complicated by itself. It includes:

  • Strategy sessions

  • Pretrial Motions

  • Jury selection

  • Presenting a quality opening statement

  • Cross-examining prosecution witnesses

  • Establishing a defense and determining the witnesses and evidence to present to create the best defense

  • Determining if the client should testify and ensuring he’s prepared

  • Arguing jury instructions

  • Presenting a compelling closing argument

Nathan has years of experience with all of these aspects of the criminal justice system and could help you through it to better defend your case.

Years Of Experience With Prosecutors And Judges – For Your Benefit

With his years of experience as a prosecutor, Nathan has experience with many prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers. That experience gives Nathan a unique insight into how specific prosecutors view cases and how judges have ruled. These insights and relationships are useful in negotiating a case or knowing whether to take a case to trial, which Nathan has done dozens of times.


Nathan earned his law degree in 2006 from the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he graduated with distinction.  

Nathan graduated with Academic Honors in 2002 from the University of Utah with a Major in History and a Minor in English.




Nathan lives in the Salt Lake Valley with his wife and four children. He enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and traveling.

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