40 Under 40: Michael K. McKell


Company: McKell Christiansen Wise, PLLC + Utah House of Representatives
Title: Founding Partner + Politician
Age: 39
City: Spanish Fork

Law of the Land Michael McKell puts community first. From his law offices in Spanish Fork to his work in the U.S. House of Representatives, his top priority is the people he serves. Over the years, McKell has received numerous recognitions — from Legislator of the Year for the Utah Tech Council, to an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is only given to the top 10% of all attorneys.   

Childhood Vision “Professional fisherman. I also wanted to be really tall.”

Growing Up “I grew up dirty. I enjoyed being outside all day with my neighborhood buddies riding bikes, working on the farm, finding trouble and shooting guns.”

Eye On The Prize “I am most proud of our ability as a law office to engage our local community. My law partner and office public relations director have also served on the local Chamber of Commerce board. We support our community through sponsorships, donations and local fundraisers. Making a positive impact and being part of the solution in our community has been extremely rewarding.”

Clearing The Mind “Spending time at the farm and walking through my alfalfa fields with a couple hunting dogs. And shoveling manure.”

A Visionary Is “Being consistent and having the inner strength to achieve long-term goals.”

Out Of Sight! “Craziest thing I’ve done? Run for public office and race quarter horses.”

Ultimate Vision “To leave a legacy of service and improve the lives of our clients, our employees and their families.”


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