November 2018 480.632.7373 jensenlawaz.com
Meet Brandon Yost! Our Office’s Motivated History Buff and Family Man
I guess I was bound to be a lawyer, because if you ask my mom, I’ve been good at arguing since I was a little kid. I’ve always been analytically minded, and learning the “why” behind things has constantly fascinated me. It’s no surprise that I went on to study history at Brigham Young University (BYU). After my undergraduate tenure, I considered a career in law. Luckily, my sister had married Kevin Jensen. That’s right — the Kevin Jensen of this law firm. So I came to work for Kevin for a year to see if law was something I’d want to pursue as a career. I loved working here, and that helped solidify my decision. If I had to offer one piece of advice to the aspiring lawyer, it would be to not attend law school if you have a pregnant wife and a young daughter at home. I feel like there are gaps in my memory regarding my two eldest children’s early lives — small milestones that I wasn’t present for. But I know I was working to create better lives for all of us. I know I made the right decision, but it’s hard not to feel like I missed out. While I’m glad we’re done with that part of our lives, we still have pleasant
memories of working and persevering as a young family.
I now have a great relationship with my three daughters, ages 12, 5, and 3, and my son, age 9. He was born just as my first semester of law school ended. I remember my wife being in labor at the hospital, and I was religiously checking for my final grades. My wife had to finally remind me that we were at the hospital to welcome a new child into the world, and grades could wait. When we’re not raising a family, my wife and I love to travel. We recently took a trip to Switzerland and made a stop in Bulgaria, where I did my mission work. Touring Europe was amazing, and we soaked up the history like we did when we lived on the East Coast during my law school years. On the days I’m not traveling or learning more about history, I also cheer on my BYU Cougars. Though it’s sometimes heartbreaking, I’ll stick with them until the end. Once I graduated law school, I landed a job with a tax law firm. Tax law is something I always liked, but I wanted to do more litigating.
So I joined Kevin back at his firm, this time as a lawyer with some practice under his belt.
Divorces aren’t the easiest to work with, especially when you’re married. It can be a bit discouraging to see families work through some of the most trying times of their lives, and I often see people right when they are at their lowest. But even after that first hour with them, when I see some of the weight of the world come off their shoulders, I feel proud to know that we have helped them. Being a divorce lawyer motivates me to be a better husband. I already love spending time with my wife, but being a divorce lawyer makes me see how much of a toll divorce can take on people, especially if they don’t have the proper resources. Thank you to all of you who have put your trust in me and our office. It’s why I sacrificed as a young family man and why I keep doing what I do. 1 -Brandon Yost 480.632.7373
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