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Joshua J. Despain

Salt Lake City, Utah
801-594 9999
800-352-7034 (Toll-Free)

Joshua J. Despain


J.J. Despain is an associate attorney in Salt Lake City for W&O'. He is admitted to the Colorado State Bar, and practices family-based immigration law.

J.J. graduated from Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism. He spent two years as an opinions editor, sports editor, and web editor for the campus newspaper, The Daily Universe. J.J. also earned minors in both Spanish and political science. After his undergraduate studies, J.J. attended law school at the University of Iowa College of Law. In Iowa, J.J. was the president of the student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, a managing editor of the Iowa Law Review, a judicial clerk for the Honorable Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and was involved with the Latino Law Students Association and Sports Law Society.

J.J. previously worked with Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin, Texas, where he led the office's DACA renewal process for clients, and also assisted with U-visas and I-601A waivers. He also worked in Austin with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on cases involving housing disputes. Back in Iowa City, J.J. assisted with Cole & Vondra, PC, in putting on Know Your Rights seminars for the local immigrant community, and with the Iowa Legal Aid Pro Bono Project.

In his spare time, J.J. enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, exploring the Utah outdoors, drawing, watching sports (especially BYU), and watching movies. J.J. and his family live in the Saratoga Springs.


Areas of Practice

  • Family-based Immigration Law

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2016


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 2015
    • Honors: Boyd Service Award with Highest Honors
    • Honors: Pro Bono Society
    • Law Review: Iowa Law Review, Managing Editor, 2014 - 2015
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.A. - 2011
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • From Off the Bench: The Potential Role of the U.S. Department of Edu.., 100 Iowa L. Rev. 1285 (2015), Vol. 100, Issue 3, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Boyd Service Award with Highest Honors, 2015
  • Pro Bono Society, 2013 - 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association, 2016 - Present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Student Chapter President, 2013 - 2015
  • Latino Law Students Association, 2013 - 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Catholic Charities of Central Texas, Legal Intern, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Judicial Extern
  • University of Iowa College of Law, Research Assistant, 2013 - 2014
  • University of Iowa Athletics Department Compliance Office, Legal Intern, 2013
  • The Daily Herald, Reporter, 2012
  • The Daily Universe, Opinion Editor, Sports Editor, Web Editor, 2010 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, 2014
  • Iowa Legal Aid Pro Bono Project, 2012 - 2013


  • English
  • Spanish

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