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Michael Holje

Since 2003, Mike has worked on a variety of misdemeanor and felony offenses, including DUIs, drug charges, domestic violence, theft, pardons, and expungements.


S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah


The State Bar of Utah
The Tenth Circuit of Appeals

Michael Holje has been an attorney at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP since 2003. His practice includes criminal defense, related administrative and professional licensing matters, and actions before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. He regularly defends both felony and misdemeanor charges, including sex offenses, assault, domestic violence, theft, DUI, and drug and alcohol offenses.

Michael graduated as a William H. Leary Scholar from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. While in law school, he was an editor of the school's Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law. Prior to graduation, he worked as a law clerk at the United States Attorney's Office in the criminal division and later at the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association in the appellate division.

Michael joined Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP after graduating from law school.Michael is a member of the Utah State Bar and is licensed to practice before all Utah state and federal courts, as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Michael has served four times as a mentor for the Utah State Bar's New Lawyer Training Program and has been recognized for being on the "Pro Bono Honor Roll" for participating in Tuesday Night Bar, a free legal clinic offered in Salt Lake City. Michael has been selected multiple times for Utah’s Legal Elite and was also designated as a "Mountain States Rising Star" in 2009 and 2013 by Super Lawyers.

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2008 New Lawyer CLE: "A Day in the Life of a Peon: What You Should Expect & What You Shouldn't Stand For As An Associate" (May 22, 2008) (co-presenter)

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I researched attorneys with expertise in pardons. I found Mike Holje. I told Mike I was prepared to go in front of the board and present my case. After reviewing my case, Mike suggested there might be a better way. His approach was to reach out to each court. Ask them to reduce these offenses to infractions. If enough of them agreed, we could then expunge everything. This is the route we took...

It worked! Several of the courts agreed to reduce the infractions. That brought my 10 misdemeanors to less than 4. I filed for expungement and about 6 months later received expungement certificates for every single case. One final step. The courts have accept them. Mike's team issued the expungements certificates to each court . All but one court accepted the expungement. Protocol for that court was a hearing. Mike and I stood before the judge. Mike gave an AMAZING speech. The judge granted the expungement! It was a magical moment. It meant that my last case was expunged.

A few weeks after appearing in court, I went to BCI in Taylorsville. I ordered my criminal background report. It was clean. Another magical moment. My criminal history report now reads "NO CRIMINAL RECORD FOUND".

Without Mike Holje, this dream would not have been realized. Words cannot express my gratitude.

- Anonymous

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