Meet our Team of Talented, Respected Attorneys

Legal team

To meet our clients' needs, we feature a diverse team of personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC in Salt Lake City, UT. With backgrounds in medical malpractice, defective products, premises liability, catastrophic injury, and auto accidents, the lawyers who comprise our team can handle cases ranging from out-of-court claims to those involving complex litigation and corporate defendants. Our group also has a vast network of expert witnesses and analysts available to help us build strong cases. These resources provide us with an unparalleled ability to pursue premium settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

Ashton J. Hyde

Ashton HydeAshton J. Hyde practices in the area of tort litigation, where he assists individuals in obtaining fair and adequate compensation for their injuries. He focuses on complex medical malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death actions. He is well-versed in all aspects of tort litigation, including preliminary investigation, pre-litigation administrative review, pleading and motion practice, discovery, mediation, arbitration, and trial.

Ashton graduated with highest honors from the University of Utah College of Law, where he was associate editor of the Utah Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif, a William H. Leary Scholar and winner of several achievement awards. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Weber State University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Ashton is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of both Utah and Nevada. 

John Macfarlane

John MacfarlaneJohn Macfarlane specializes in the areas of medical malpractice and other personal injury cases.  He works with Younker Hyde Macfarlane's team to represent injured patients at pre-litigation hearings, depositions, drafts motions, and other pleadings to prosecute each case. He also works closely with Younker Hyde Macfarlane's network of expert physicians to evaluate each case and determine the cause of each client's injuries. John heads the firm's automobile accident and general personal injury team.  

John graduated second in his class from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he served as Note and Comment Editor on Law Review. He earned the CALI Award for highest course grade in several classes, was president of the Litigation Society, and was a scholarship recipient. He also did an internship with a federal district court judge as well as a bankruptcy court judge.  John received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Utah State University where he was on the Dean’s List and earned multiple scholarships. John is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is licensed to practice in Idaho and Utah’s state and federal courts.

Norman J. Younker, Of Counsel

Norm YounkerNorman J. Younker worked exclusively in the area of plaintiff’s tort law, where he represented individuals in medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death actions, including claims involving brain damage and spinal cord injury. Prior to joining Younker Hyde Macfarlane, he represented Intermountain Health Care and other defendants in medical malpractice actions.

Norm has served as president of the Utah Association for Justice (formerly the Utah Trial Lawyer’s Association) and is currently on the organization’s board of governors.

In cases involving complex litigation, Norm has proven expertise in the firm’s areas of core competency. He received his law degree from Brigham Young University, where he graduated cum laude. He later completed post-doctoral studies in law at Cambridge University, England. Norm earned his bachelor’s degree at Utah State University where he graduated magna cum laude. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Utah and Arizona as well as the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

McKay CorbettMcKay Corbett

McKay Corbett is an Associate Attorney at Younker Hyde Macfarlane and has spent his whole career representing injured people and their families. McKay’s practice is focused on complex medical malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death. McKay zealously represents injured patients in prelitigation hearings, depositions, and in motions and pleadings. McKay is a fervent believer in justice no matter what someone’s background or economic standing may be and relishes the opportunity to give his clients access to justice. 

McKay earned his Juris Doctor degree at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Before that, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in International Relations and specialized in Latin American Studies. At the College of Law, McKay participated in a number of student organizations including as an Executive Text Editor on the Utah Law Review and as a Fellow for the Pro Bono Initiative. McKay also won academic awards, including the CALI award for Appellate Practice.

McKay is fluent in Spanish and French and is able to communicate in Portuguese.

Matthew Purcell Matthew Purcell 

Matt Purcell has devoted his career to medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining YHM, Matt spent eight years representing hospitals and health care providers in malpractice cases. He was mentored by some of the brightest and most respected defense attorneys in the state. Through that experience, Matt learned how elite defense lawyers think and operate, how they assess and value cases, and how they build a defense for a health care provider accused of malpractice. During his time as a defense lawyer, Matt had a front-row seat to the uphill battle injured persons fight when suing a health care provider in Utah. He eventually decided to switch sides and join YHM because he finds great satisfaction and purpose fighting for the “little guy” who has suffered a life-altering injury or loss of a loved one due to negligence of a trusted health care provider.

When Matt is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his children, playing/watching sports, traveling, painting, and doing almost anything outdoors.

Contact Our Attorneys

To arrange a consultation with our medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys, please send our office a message, or give us a call at (801)335-6467. We serve clients throughout mountain west, including Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming. We commit ourselves fully to our clients' cases and you can trust us to provide you with unwavering representation should you have a claim.

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, our attorneys have decades of combined experience in complex cases. We represent clients in all types of personal injury cases, with a special focus on medical malpractice claims. Our firm is associated with the following professional organizations:

  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (801) 335-6467.

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