Rob Parrish began his legal career with the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 1980.  Through many years of work as an appellate and trial attorney, he gravitated to the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, becoming a nationally recognized expert in prosecuting cases involving physical abuse and murder of children.  After spending 20 years with the Attorney General’s Office, Rob took a 2- year sabbatical as the Deputy Director of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.  In 2002, Rob returned to government law practice as a Guardian ad Litem, representing abused and neglected children in juvenile court between 2002 and 2007.  He is now prosecuting criminal cases again as a Deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney assigned to the Homicide and Special Victim Teams.


Rob presents training for all professionals on a wide range of child maltreatment issues.  Rob completed a 6 ½ year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.   He co-edited the book Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children with Drs. Lori Frasier, Kay Rauth-Farley and Randell Alexander, published in 2006 and has contributed chapters in many other texts.  He is a member of the Utah Coalition for Protecting Childhood and the Utah Culture of Health Working Group.  Rob is conducting a one-year mentoring program for prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office to learn the key points of prosecuting child physical abuse and homicide cases.



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