Aaron Wilde, JD – Attorney
My interest in personal injury law began at a young age. My father, David A. Wilde, was a personal injury attorney. Every Sunday evening after visiting my grandparents, I would relentlessly pester my dad to stop at his law office to grab a soda. Occasionally Dad would give in. I loved exploring my dad’s office. Over the years I saw first-hand how many people my dad helped. I admired my dad’s service to others and I’m proud to have followed his footsteps into personal injury law.
I have worked with many wonderful people as an attorney. I worked for Utah’s first non-profit law firm to help bridge the justice gap by providing affordable legal services to low- and moderate-income people. Later I was fortunate enough to work under the guidance of Steve Sullivan at Robert J. DeBry & Associates as head of their Spanish Department.
I love my job. My clients and I have enjoyed working together as I helped them bring closure to difficult times in their lives. I fight for my clients when they are burdened with injuries and incoming bills. I make sure they receive fair compensation at the conclusion of their case. I understand the intricate details of personal injury law — statutes, regulations, case law, etc. — and I apply this knowledge to help ensure that my clients will win their case.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. I later graduated from University of Utah’s law school with honors. I received recognition with various academic awards including the Cali award, Utah’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and was a William H. Leary Scholar.
When I am not busy at work, I enjoy going to the movies with my wife, two daughters, and son. I pretend to be good at basketball and snowboarding. I learned to speak fluent Spanish from serving a two-year mission for my church in Argentina.
University of Utah, B.A. 2011
S.J. Quinney College of Law , J.D. 2015
Legislative Committee, Utah Association for Justice
Education Committee, Utah Association for Justice
Utah State Bar
Jace Knuteson, JD – Attorney
Jace received his bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Business Management with an emphasis in International Business and a minor in Spanish. Jace then graduated from the Executive JD program at Gonzaga University School of Law in 2021. He earned various merit-based scholarships and academic successes, such as the CALI award in his Sales Law class. Through hard work and dedication, he achieved his goal to successfully graduate debt free.
Jace enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Jace has been involved in Martial Arts since his youth and earned the rank of 3rd Dan Black Belt through the Omega Martial Arts system. He was able to represent Team USA at the World Congress of Martial Arts where he brought home the silver medal. Jace learned to speak Spanish from serving a two-year mission for his church in Argentina. He loved being adventurous and trying new things, if there is something he wants to do he finds a way to do it.
Samantha Meeker – Law Clerk
Samantha is a second-year law student at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law. She is the President of the Health Law Club, a Quinney Research Fellow, and when she is not clerking for Wilde Law, she also volunteers for the Pro-Bono Initiative, which provides free legal counseling to those in need. She was drawn to personal injury, because she has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over a decade prior to switching gears and pursuing law. Her experience on the medical side of personal injury made the transition into the legal side of personal injury very natural. As a massage therapist, she worked in chiropractic, spa, and chair massage settings. The last few years before law school she traveled with the World Series of Poker as a massage therapist for the Poker players during poker tournaments in Florida, North Carolina, and Nevada.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She looks forward to obtaining my Juris Doctorate from S.J. Quinney School of Law in 2023.
In her free time, she enjoys making stained glass art, traveling, and cooking/enjoying all types of good food.
Elizabeth Gutiérrez – Paralegal
Liz was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico and she is the youngest of 9 kids. She attended Tecnologico de Monterrey and obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Shortly after, she moved to Denver Colorado where she worked in different industries and focused on learning English as a second language and raising her son.
Her first exposure to the legal industry was when she worked at a small firm in Colorado translating for clients, filing personal and business taxes, and helping the attorneys with multiple tasks. After moving to Utah in 2007 Liz made a career in the Insurance Industry, learning all the aspects of it. For the last several years she worked as a recruiter and trainer for a large insurance corporation.
Liz enjoys camping, hiking, paddle boarding, kickboxing, and yoga.
Norma Ochoa-Paz – Legal Assistant
Norma was born and raised in California. Her parents who are from Mexico came to the states in the 1980’s. In 2012 Norma and her 3 boys picked up and moved to Utah and fell in love with its beautiful seasons and family customs. She received her AAS from San Joaquin Valley College in 2009. Norma is bi-literate in English and Spanish. Her interest in helping the public started in high school, when she worked in the school cafeteria during her elective period. She enjoys helping others and providing great customer service. Norma was a commercial sales specialist for 6 years in the automotive industry, she was in one of the highest volume stores in the country.
When she is not playing detective, Norma enjoys the outdoors with her 4 boys. They like to camp, hike, play sports, and discover different adventures together. When she is not outdoors you can find her dancing a good cumbia song or binge watching while crocheting in a cozy quiet setting.
Marcela Toledo – Paralegal Assistant
Marcela has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from BYU and an AAS degree in Paralegal Studies from Ensign College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, with five years of experience in consular affairs for the Mexican government. She is empathetic and good at customer service, interpersonal communication, and solving client problems. She likes to dance Latin music, such as salsa and bachata. During the summer, she likes to enjoy the natural landscapes that the Rocky Mountains and their surroundings provide us with and take off-road trails to discover and enjoy nature. She grew up in Mexico and is very fond of the region’s traditions, such as “Día de Muertos.”
David McNeill, PhD, MBA – Business Advisor
David McNeill is known for his disclaimer. “I am not an attorney.” Instead of a JD, he has a PhD in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Utah.
David served as the Assistant Director of Open Legal Services for three years and is now an independent researcher using data to measure and help solve problems in access to justice. David is an expert in legal industry market research, data analysis, and business strategy.
When he is not crunching numbers in spreadsheets, he enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking, and spending time with his family.