SALT LAKE CITY — May 11, 2023 Today, Parsons Behle & Latimer (Parsons) is pleased to announce that Nicole Salazar-Hall one of Parsons’ family law attorneys has been named one of “30 Women to Watch” by Utah Business Magazine. Salazar-Hall is a shareholder at Parsons and a major social justice advocate for people in the Utah community. The firm commends her for this well-deserved honor.
Salazar-Hall represents individuals in domestic cases, juvenile court child welfare cases and actions challenging the state of Utah depart department of child and Family Services agency findings. She has worked with hundreds of clients in juvenile court throughout the state of Utah both prosecuting and defending abuse and neglect petitions. She has appeared before multiple legislative committees and has worked with multiple legislators regarding child welfare and domestic legislation.
Parsons Behle & Latimer Litigation Shareholder Julianne P. Blanch says, “Nicole practices an area of law that can get extremely contentious—family law. She has gained the respect of judges and of lawyers in this field for always maintaining professionalism while keeping her clients’ best interests at the forefront. She is known as one of the top family law lawyers in the state, and deservedly so.”
Following the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020 and other events of excessive force by police against people of color, Salt Lake City government established the Salt Lake Commission on Racial Equity in Policing, which is directed by an advisory panel. Salazar-Hall was appointed as a core member of the panel as well as the only attorney on the panel and served as chair of the Commission. Nicole is also a Board of Trustee member for Centro de la Familia de Utah, an organization that holds Federal Head Start grants to provide Head Start services in rural Utah for the children of migrant farm workers. Centro de la Familia de Utah CEO Gonzalo Palza says, “Nicole Salazar has served Centro de la Familia (Centro) as a trustee for more than six years. During this term Nicole helped define and maintain the agency’s strategic goal of service for historically underserved communities. With ancestral wisdom, Nicole keeps hope and passion for service focused and alive on behalf of a future for many.”
Growing up as a person of color in Utah, Salazar-Hall says she was aware of racial disparities from an early age and has continually had a desire to work for social justice. She served as a commissioner of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, representing District 5, and successfully revised several rules of the Rules of Civil Procedure to improve family law access to justice.
Congratulations from everyone at Parsons on this well-deserved honor.