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  Van Dam, R. Paul
NameR. Paul Van Dam
Address1587 South Main Street Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115, United States
Website [Link]
Born 00, 1939 (79 years)
Last ModifedMonsieur
Jan 09, 2005 11:59am
Tags Caucasian - Moderate -
InfoUtah Attorney General (1989 - 1993)

Salt Lake County Attorney (1975 - 1981)

12 years of substantial prosecution experience in all the Courts of Utah, including Justice of the Peace Courts, Juvenile Courts, Circuit and District Courts and appellant practice before the Supreme Court;
Trial and appellate experience in the Federal District and Circuit Courts;
Tried 200 civil and criminal cases, including 40 felony trials;
Judge Advocate General in the United States Army Reserves;
Successful private attorney representing many clients in civil and criminal litigation in such areas as anti-trust law, commercial law, domestic law and personal injury;
Former Salt Lake County District Attorney where he administered the largest law office in the state and was responsible for the first successful prosecution of Ted Bundy in the nation;
Successfully prosecuted Erval LaBarron and his followers for murder;
Hired by the National District Attorney Association to improve prosecution efficiency nationwide;
Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah Law School where he taught trial advocacy to young law students;
Former Utah Attorney General where he established the first Consumer Protection Unit in the office;
Selected the Chairman of the Attorneys General National Anti-Trust Committee and filed lawsuits against companies such as Sony and Panasonic;
Served on the Utah Statewide Air Quality and Hazardous Waste Boards;
Served on numerous national and state law and drug enforcement boards;
Served on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House that provides medical treatment for low income and disadvantaged children;
Hobbies include performing in a country western band, sailing, river running, bicycling, squash, owning and riding horses, motorcycling and reading;
Son of an ironworker and life-long resident of Utah.

Van Dam is one of only two Democrats to win a statewide election since Gov. Scott Matheson's victory in 1984. Van Dam was also elected Salt Lake County attorney. "Both offices I've run for I wasn't supposed to win but I did. So those were positive and reinforcing experiences," Van Dam said.
He lists as his accomplishments in public office the establishment of the first consumer fraud unit in Utah and his successful prosecution of murderer Ted Bundy.
After serving as the state's attorney general, Van Dam was an attorney in private practice. Then, in 1999, at the age of 61, he decided to retire, travel the world and ride his bike. In 2000, at the 45th reunion of the East High class of 1955, Van Dam re-met former classmate Mary Dawn Bailey. They plan to marry "by the end of the month," he said, and live in a condo in the Avenues. Next month, Van Dam will participate in the mountain bike competition in the Senior Olympics in St. George. In the meantime, he'll be meeting with Democratic Party leaders throughout the state.


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