Austin joined the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association in 2020. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in December 2012. After law school, Austin spent six years as an attorney for the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. He began his public defender career in Wausau, Wisconsin, representing adults and juveniles in a variety of misdemeanor and felony matters. Most recently, he spent three years in the Milwaukee Trial office, where he primarily fought on behalf of clients accused of violent felonies and drug crimes. Prior to law school, Austin studied political science and played soccer at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.