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.

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.

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.

Mary Dewey, Attorney at Law
Staff Attorney

Mary Dewey graduated with honors from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2014. During law school, Mary represented prisoners in federal civil rights cases and litigated criminal appeals before the Colorado Supreme Court. After graduating she clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals for two years before moving to Salt Lake City and joining Open Legal Services. Mary believes strongly that income shouldn’t determine outcome in court, and effective legal advocacy should be available to everyone who needs it.  
 
When she isn’t practicing law, Mary enjoys pub trivia and climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Mary is licensed to practice in Utah (active status) and Colorado (inactive status). 

Jane Watts, J.D.
Law Clerk

Jane graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in Spring 2017. She took the Bar exam in summer 2017 and is working as a law clerk for OLS until she is licensed as an attorney. Jane speaks fluent Spanish and lived in Spain for 3 years both studying and teaching English.

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.

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.