Laura Cabanilla started study at Brigham Young University in 1980. In 1986, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. As a college student, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve for the purpose of funding her school bills and out of loyalty to serve her country.
Laura was the only female cadet enlisted in BYU’s ROTC program during that period. She was also the second woman who successfully completed the program. She was deployed to the Middle East to help in the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign in 2010.
At this period, Chelsea was based in Kuwait. She also travelled alot to Iraq and Bahrain. In 1994, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. She also served as a prosecutor with the Utah County Attorney’s Office. During her time there, she prosecuted numerous high profile criminal cases.
Laura Cabanilla is a partner with the firm. She also has ownership shares in the historic building where the firm is situated. Her legal practice is mainly focused on family law cases, appointment on children’s advocacy cases and criminal defense.
Currently she serves on the Provo City Council in a four year term. She is a former council chair in the council, and presently the only woman serving on the council.