Corttany Brooks joined CoilLaw as an Associate Attorney in the summer of 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Corttany served as a Deputy Prosecutor in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a prosecutor, her practice focused on special victims’ cases, primarily crimes of domestic violence. She has experience as a trial attorney in both criminal and civil law matters.
Corttany was born and raised in Indiana. She graduated with her B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University. She then went on to obtain her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Corttany is licensed to practice in both Indiana and Utah. Out of the office, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors of Utah.
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2019
- Ohio University, B.S. Journalism, 2015
- Utah State Bar, 2020
- Indiana State Bar, 2019
Kris Brown is a Senior Paralegal with CoilLaw, joining the firm in July of 2018. Her experience and duties provide litigation support to the CoilLaw attorneys. She assists with preparation and filing of pleadings, correspondence with clients, preparation of discovery, organization of case files and trial preparation, scheduling and calendaring hearings and mediation and preparing financial declarations. Prior to joining CoilLaw, Kris served as a senior paralegal for two major law firms in Washington, D.C. and another in Portland, Oregon with the intellectual property practice group. She earned her paralegal certificate from the Washington Online Learning Institute, under graduate from the University of Utah and Associate Degree from College of Eastern Utah. She is a member of the National Paralegal Association (NALA).
In her spare time, Kris enjoys traveling, scrapbooking and quilting. Most of all she loves spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren as often as possible.
Jill L. Coil was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated with honors from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate in Houston Texas at Texas Southern University where she met and married her husband. She is dually licensed in both Texas and Utah where she has focused her practice on Family and Criminal Law. Jill founded CoilLaw in December of 2014 with the goal of empathizing, protecting, and advocating for families through legal representation. She has received many awards in Utah for her on-going work in family law cases and her advocation for her clients. She is actively engaged in her community through volunteer work and is a participant in the Family Bar Section in Utah and Texas. She is a mother of four and when not fighting for her clients, Jill loves to watch movies and travel with her family to Disneyland.
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
- Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Juris Doctorate in Houston Texas at Texas Southern University
- Utah State Bar (Family Bar Section)
- Texas State Bar (Family Bar Section)
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Sherri has always enjoyed being an Office Administrator, working primarily in the banking and publishing forums, until 10 years ago when she landed her first “Family Law Firm” job. She has been hooked ever since. Helping people navigate through one of the most difficult times of their lives with professionalism and understanding is something she takes great pride in.
Born in Texas, but Utah is the place she calls home. She loves curling up with a good book and long walks, but her greatest joy is spending time with her husband, 2 kids, and 4 amazing grandkids, the highlight of her life.
Since that time, Cameron has continued to serve his community in multiple political and community outreach roles. He is an avid fisherman, traveler, thrill-seeker, and overall motorcycle enthusiast. Cameron has one child, a daughter. He works hard to support and help grow any organization that is dictated to equal opportunities for all. He is passionate about improving the world for all people.
Utah Valley State College, B.S. Marketing and Communication
Gabrielle Jones was raised in neighboring Cottonwood Heights, Utah and completed her undergraduate education at Utah Valley University. During her undergrad, Gabi started UVU’s first anarchist club, interned for a Utah Senator, completed a study abroad program in Nice, France, and volunteered for the small claims court as a mediator. She also met her husband and got married at the tender age of twenty. After much convincing from her political science professors, Gabi decided to attend law school.
She recently graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, located in Eugene, Oregon. During law school, Gabi interned for the American Civil Liberties Association of Utah, externed for the Honorable Judge Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court of Oregon, and gave birth to her son, Atticus. After law school, Gabi moved back to Utah to be closer to family and to serve the people of her home state. She began her legal career providing low cost legal services to low income and at-risk populations all over the state of Utah.
Gabi was recently hired as an Associate Attorney for CoilLaw. She is an empathetic and passionate advocate for her clients. Gabi has a twin brother, loves Harry Potter and Jane Austen, and enjoys a weekly session of Dungeons and Dragons with her family and close friends every week.
Savanah Lawrence is a native of Utah, having grown up near Zions National Park. She went on to pursue her Bachelors degree at Brigham Young University, graduating in Construction Management and continued her education at BYU, where she graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2015.
After law school, Savanah spent two years in Washington, D.C. as a human rights attorney, advocating for victims of sex trafficking. In 2017, Savanah returned to Utah to pursue a career in family law. Savanah is dedicated to assisting families and individuals in all areas of the law. She is a strong advocate for justice and understands the sensitive needs of her clients.
Savanah also has many interests outside of the legal profession. She is newly married and is enjoying all the sappy splendor of being a newlywed. She’s also an avid world traveler, having lived in Jerusalem, Uganda, and South Korea. She loves to stay physically active: playing soccer, hiking, and running marathons. Savanah also loves learning languages and speaks Korean.
- 2016-2017: Legal Fellow at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation
- 2018-2020: Attorney at the Law Offices of Kristin K. Woods
- Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 2015
- Brigham Young University, B.S. Construction Management, 2009
- Utah, 2018
- United States District Court for the District of Utah, 2018
- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
Stephen J. Oliphant joined Coil Law, LLC after managing his own criminal defense practice in Salt Lake City. Stephen has broad experience working with clients on criminal, family, and domestic issues and consistently gets favorable results in court. A native of North Carolina, Stephen came to Utah for his education and the outdoors.
Before law school, Stephen had a knack for politics—working in Congress, managing a Senate race in Utah, and lobbying for small businesses. During law school, Stephen pursued many experiences such as teaching high school civics classes, working with displaced refugees through the citizenship process, interning for a Utah judge, and participated in Moot Court in which he was awarded Best Brief.
Since being with CoilLaw, LLC, Stephen receives consistently favorable settlement and trial results for our clients. Stephen is experienced and aggressive in court but understands that crafting solutions for clients often gets the best results and reduces ongoing family conflict.
Stephen recently married his wife Nysse who is a farm manager at a local farming high school. The two are outdoor and weekender enthusiasts who enjoy climbing, biking, and skiing throughout the Mountain West.
Erin Rosado is a Paralegal at CoilLaw. Among other tasks, Erin helps keep track of deadlines, keeps documents and files organized, schedules meetings, mediations, and court dates, finalizes and files documents with the court, produces discovery, and ensures that clients have complete and accurate records of filings with the court. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah and has worked in litigation for over 12 years. She is a hard worker, and as a single mom herself, brings empathy and dedication to helping clients through the turbulence of domestic litigation.
Utah County Managing Attorney
Luke A. Shaw was raised in an Air Force family, but primarily raised in Spokane, WA. After serving an LDS mission in upstate New York, he pursued an undergraduate degree in Business Management. After some time working with his brother’s family law practice in Grand Rapids, MI, he obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from Michigan State University College of Law. After graduation, he found himself in Arizona where he joined the Arizona State Bar and married his wife.
Luke Shaw joined the Utah State Bar in 2015 and joined COIL LAW shortly thereafter. Since that time, he has been an active member of the Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar. He has dedicated his efforts to ensure the best interests of his clients are served in and out of the courtroom. When he is not advocating for his clients, Luke spends his time with his wife, son, and two dogs travelling and supporting Michigan State University Athletics.
- Utah State Bar
- U.S. District Court, District of Utah
- Arizona State Bar (Inactive)
- Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013)
- Brigham Young University-Idaho (B.S., 2008)
- Anderson v. Anderson, 414 P.3d 1069 (Utah App. 2018)
After graduating from law school, Sterling made the trip back to Utah and joined the Utah State Bar in 2019 and then CoilLaw as an Associate Attorney shortly after. Prior to becoming a part of the CoilLaw team, Sterling worked in the Drake Legal Clinic providing legal services for criminal defense clients and to young people facing juvenile delinquency charges.
Sterling has a passion for the legal system and ensuring the best outcomes for his clients and their families. In his off-time Sterling loves spending time outdoors camping, hiking, or taking a scenic ride on his motorcycle.
Certified, Utah County Paralegal
He has been able to use his litigation skills and experience to help clients with wide-ranging needs in various fields, including family law, medical malpractice, wrongful death, aviation disasters, and personal injury cases. His abilities have been honed through assisting with multiple jury trials taken through to verdict as well as positioning cases for settlement – some for multiple millions of dollars.
Michael has never lost sight of his enthusiasm for helping people. His varied experience helps him to empathize with and offer emotional support to people whom he frequently meets during the worst times of their lives. Whether they are dealing with significant and permanent injuries from a serious crash, a child with a birth injury, a life-altering instance of medical malpractice, or a divorce with children, he has the understanding and tools to help people move forward with their lives.
After a break from his legal career to work at the headquarters of his church (which is what brought him from California to Salt Lake City) and a too-short time as a businessman with his own retail store, he has been able to spend the past few years working with some of the most respected attorneys in Utah’s legal community at both plaintiff and defense firms. He realizes that the legal community is a small one and he enjoys good working relationships with opposing staff and attorneys as well as court clerks, interpreters, court reporters, and experts in various fields. He was once honored by a nomination to the Utah State Bar as Paralegal of the Year.
Michael is married with 4 children and a grandson, and lives in Pleasant Grove with a dachshund and a chihuahua. He speaks fluent Spanish and has professional experience as a translator and interpreter
Chief Operating Officer
Family Law Attorney
Maelle (mai ⧫ el) Dieffenbach was born and raised in Arles, France. Wanting to see the world, when the opportunity to move to the United States after high school presented itself, she did not hesitate and embarked on her immigration journey. She first went to Pennsylvania to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Lycoming College. While there she had the opportunity to intern with Lycoming County Public Defender, and to start taking legal writing classes. All these experiences helped confirm her long-held desire to become an attorney.
In 2018, she moved to Illinois to attend law school at the University of Illinois. During law school she participated in Moot Court in which she was awarded Best Respondent Brief, and eventually became one of the coaches for the competition. She also spent most of her law school time volunteering and interning with a non-profit organization providing legal services to low-income immigrants. Maelle took the Utah Bar Exam in July 2021 and joined CoilLaw a few months later.
In her free time, she loves to travel and explore the outdoors with her husband and dog. If not outside, she can usually be found cooking and baking some authentic French meals.
Lycoming College (B.A, magna cum laude, 2018)
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2021)
Megan Sanford is ardent about defending families and children. As a recovered addict and birth mom of 2 daughters that were placed for adoption, she is personally passionate about fighting for the best interests of children. Additionally, her undergrad background in social work, and work experience as a caseworker at DCFS—combined now with her law school education—has uniquely qualified her to represent children and parents with empathy and compassion and be a powerful advocate.
Born and raised in Utah, she then got her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has worked with many recovering addicts, birth moms, fostered and adopted kids, and others going through traumatic events. Wanting to further contribute to this community, she then decided to go to law school, and will shortly graduate with her Juris doctorate from the U of U’s S. J. Quinney College of Law.
When she’s not studying or working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Taylor, and their son, Phoenix, and daughter, Brooklyn. They have 2 dogs, 3 bunnies, a cat, and a bearded dragon, and they live in Lehi. She is proud of being sober and for cultivating incredibly open and connected relationships with her 2 birth daughters.
Family Law Attorney
Alex Maynez was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, but was raised in Burbank, California. He attended the University of Southern California and majored in Public Administration, graduating cum laude. He worked for the City of Los Angeles and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Leaving the big city he moved his small family to attend the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He interned with the Colorado Rural Legal Services providing legal assistance to numerous migrant farmworkers in Southeastern Colorado. Shortly after graduation he worked with migrant farmworkers in Utah, specifically assisting them in ensuring quality education for their kids while they were in the fields and providing legal assistance and representation in labor disputes, landlord tenant issues, criminal matters, and almost anything else they brought through the door whether municipal, administrative, state, or federal forums.
Alex has over 25 years of representing clients in every aspect of family law, including annulment, separation, paternity, modification, enforcement, or dissolution of marriage. Alex is committed to ensuring that children enjoy their childhood, and he diligently works toward assisting his clients in this life-changing transition by protecting their and their child’s future.
Alex and his wife are committed to raising hardy, happy, well-adjusted kids and grandkids. He currently has five grandchildren, which are the highlight of his existence. Alex raised his family in Utah County, and they have enjoyed Utah’s famous snow by being members of the ski team. All his kids are accomplished swimmers and water polo players. Alex and his wife enjoy traveling, barbecuing outside in the winter, cycling, scootering, and raising Hawai’ian plumerias. Alex served as a proselyting missionary in Idaho. His kids tease him because they say he did not serve a “real” mission. His kids have served in Brazil, Ecuador, and Honduras.