Laina B. Arras was born in Anaheim, California, but primarily raised in Davis County, Utah. Laina attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1999. She also earned a second degree in Honor’s Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2000. After college Laina worked in Juvenile Justice Services a Youth Counselor. Laina obtained her Juris Doctor from J. Rueben Clark Law school, Brigham Young University, in 2005, where she also obtained mediation training and certification in Domestic and Victim Offender Mediation.
Laina began her legal career with the Office of the Guardian ad litem, advocating for children in cases of abuse, neglect and dependency practicing in Weber, Davis and Salt Lake Counties. In 2010 Laina transitioned into criminal law prosecuting for South Salt Lake and then Washington County. In 2016 Laina joined the defense with Davis County Public Defender’s Office. In 2018 Laina accepted a position in the Office of the Territorial Public Defender’s Office in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she zealously advocated for her clients.
Laina joined Coillaw in 2019. Since that time she has dedicated her efforts to the best interests of her clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. Having advocated every position in the courtroom: child welfare/DCFS cases, both a child’s advocate -GAL and a parent’s advocate; criminal cases, both as Prosecutor and Defense Counsel; and private family law cases, Laina brings a diverse perspective and experience to Coillaw.
When Laina is not advocating for her clients, Laina spends time with her husband, daughters and her daughter’s rescue-dog, (St Thomas, Virgin Islands, Humane Society). Laina enjoys traveling with family and friends, especially in the Caribbean, where she has many friends who are like family.
Utah State Bar
U.S. District Court, District of Utah
U.S. Virgin Islands
University of Utah (B.A. 1999)
University of Utah (B.A. 2000)
Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (J.D. 2005)