Attorneys and Staff

Who we are

Shantelle L. Argyle, Attorney at Law
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Shantelle Argyle finished law school with the intention of helping people like herself; people of modest means and without a lot of options for legal representation. Shantelle is passionate about serving those who really have no other options: those in the middle, who are working hard but can be easily crippled by a legal setback. When no such job existed, Shantelle started Open Legal Services, Utah’s first and only nonprofit modest means law firm, with Daniel Spencer in the hopes of serving that group and also building a life for herself and her family. So far, it’s working! It’s sustainable, growing rapidly, and helping so many people. Plus, it’s shaking things up and that is something Shantelle always tries to do.

Shantelle has worked for several private law firms and as a public defender. She co-founded Open Legal Services to bring truly affordable justice to those who really have no other options. She practices criminal and family law, and has worked on cases ranging from child custody to murder. She is passionate about the OLS mission, and will tell anyone she can about the Revolution in Affordable Legal Services. Shantelle attended law school at the University of Utah and graduated in 2013. She is admitted to practice law in Utah. Avvo - Rate your Lawyer. Get Free Legal Advice.

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A. Daniel Spencer, Attorney at Law
Co-Founder and Supervising Attorney

Adam Daniel Spencer graduated in 2013 from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney School of Law. During law school, Daniel participated with multiple criminal and civil law clinics. In 2011, he completed clinical internships at the Utah Crime Victim’s Legal Clinic, Utah Legal Aid Society, and the Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office. Daniel is comfortable in the courtroom. He represented his law school in a national trial advocacy competition. As a third year law student, he handled dozens of cases in both Utah’s 3rd District court and Salt Lake City’s Justice Court. During his first summer, he interned for the Hon. Judge Elizabeth Weishaupl in the 18th Colorado Judicial District. When he is not in court or meeting with clients, Daniel paints, reads, and spends time with his two children and two dogs.


Nathaniel Garrabrandt, Attorney at Law
Staff Attorney

Nathaniel graduated in 2014 from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney School of Law. As a law student he was a member of the family law society and completed two internships with Utah Legal Services in their elder law and housing law offices. Nathaniel has also worked as a law clerk for Wasatch Family Law and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, Civil Division. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Nathaniel completed a master’s degree in secondary education and taught high school English and speech in Hagerman, Idaho. In his spare time, Nathaniel enjoys backpacking in Southern Utah and perfecting Memphis and Carolina style barbecue. 


Nicholas Caine, Attorney at Law
Staff Attorney

Nicholas graduated with honors from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney School of Law in 2013. Before joining Open Legal Services, Nicholas practiced criminal and family law as an associate attorney at Hofland & Tomsheck in Las Vegas, Nevada and Utah Freedom Fighters in Bountiful, Utah. During law school, he worked for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Division and worked for the South Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office where he handled a variety of criminal matters. After graduation, Nicholas moved to Las Vegas where he interned with the Clark County Public Defender’s Office prior to joining Hofland & Tomsheck. Nicholas is committed to protecting defendant’s rights and is an active member of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. When he is not in the office or the courtroom, Nicholas enjoys playing sports, hiking, camping and spending time with his wife, son and his two dogs. Nicholas is admitted to practice law in Utah and Nevada.

Ariana Barusch, Attorney at Law
Staff Attorney

Ari is a Salt Lake native who graduated with honors from Vermont Law School in 2015. While in law school she was an Equal Justice Fellow, as well as an editor on the Vermont Law Review and a member of the moot court team. She spent her summers clerking for the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Vermont Attorney General’s office, and spent her final year of law school teaching legal writing and practicing as a student attorney. Before law school she received a bachelors in philosophy from Grinnell College. When she isn’t practicing law she enjoys playing her guitar for an audience of her cats, and was recently scuba certified, so she can spend even more time swimming with sharks.

Matthew Bell, Attorney at Law
Staff Attorney

Matthew is a Houston native who graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 2010. As a law student Matthew became certified as a mediator and worked in the Civil Litigation Clinic. As an undergraduate, Matthew served as the Vice President of the student body at the University of Houston while earning a dual major in Psychology and Philosophy. Before coming to OLS Matthew worked for an estate planning firm in Houston, handling business formations, wills, trusts, and probate matters.

Matthew is an avid musician who plays a variety of musical instruments. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two rescue dogs. Matthew is licensed to practice law in both Utah and Texas.

Gretchen Devine
Client Relationship Manager

Gretchen first discovered her passion for the non-profit sector while serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) with United Way of Utah County and their anti-poverty initiatives. Gretchen graduated with a BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University and is excited for any opportunity to practice her Spanish in her current role as client relationship manager. She is happy to be back in the non-profit world since returning to her hometown of Salt Lake City. When not at work, Gretchen loves discovering new music and exploring the Bonneville Shoreline trail.

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David McNeill, PhD, MBA
Assistant Director

David has a PhD in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Utah. He enjoys doing things that have never been done before, whether it’s understanding how the eye develops or figuring out how to provide affordable legal services.