Wendy Vawdrey joined Howard Lewis & Petersen, P.C. as an associate in 2022. Prior to this she served as a pro-bono attorney working with victims of domestic violence, while concurrently teaching university courses in her undergraduate field.
Wendy received a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences from Brigham Young University, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law. During Law School she received several honors including the Barbara S. Dickey YAA scholarship, Best Overall Brief in Moot Court, the Distinguished Pro Bono Award from the Utah State Bar, and OAA in Lawyering Skills. She also served as the Student Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
Wendy’s primary focus is family law, including divorce, and custody. She also has extensive experience working with legal teams tackling difficult cases involving employment law, land use, medical malpractice, immigration, and criminal defense.
Wendy is passionate about providing access to justice for Utah’s underserved population. Of the 200+ hours she donated through the SJ Quinney School of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative, she divided her time between Rainbow Law at the Utah Pride Center, the American Indian Legal Clinic, community law clinics for immigration, expungement, and family law, as well as a military veteran’s clinic. In a parenting partnership with her husband, Wendy has worked extensively with case managers and guardians ad litem as a foster parent, as well as a proctor parent trainer within the Utah foster care system. Currently, Wendy and her husband volunteer for My Hometown Initiative providing legal referrals for Utah’s refugee and immigrant populations.
Wendy continues to teach as an adjunct professor for the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University.