Education

Juris Doctor, University of Utah SJ. Quinney College of Law  (1969)
Bachelor of Science in Economics, University of Idaho (with honors) (1972)


Utah State Bar No. 1179 (1972 - present)

Bar


Legal Experience

E Barney Gesas Law Office PLL (January 2013 - present)
Member and Managing Lawyer

Anderson & Karrenberg (January 2011 - January 2013)
Of Counsel

Clyde Snow & Sessions (1998 - 2011)
Equity Member, Partner and Senior Litigator

Campbell Maack & Sessions (1989 - 1998)
Founding Senior Partner and Litigator

Watkiss & Campbell (1977 - 1989)
Associate Attorney and Equity Partner

Norton Gesas & Taylor (1975 - 1977)
Founding Partner

Utah Legal Services, Inc. (1972 - 1975)
Staff Attorney and Director of Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo, Utah Offices


Co-Lead counsel for eight years for plaintiffs in The Salt Lake Tribune litigation pending in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, representing the McCarthey Family in a high profile and complex case involving the ownership of Utah's largest general circulation newspaper; and The Deseret News.

Outside regional counsel for Honda North America and related entities; supervising and managing trial counsel and national products liability law firms in prosecution and defense of Honda's ATV product liability; and mass tort litigation in over one hundred active cases throughout the eleven western states.

Outside regional counsel for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and CBS Corporation supervising and managing trial counsel and national products liability law firms in a national coordinated joint defense of asbestos and mesothelioma class action actions involving thousands of mass tort claims throughout the United States.    

Joint defense counsel for Westinghouse Electric Corporation's credit and finance division in the matter of the United States District Court Bankruptcy Trustee for Bonneville Pacific Corporation, Deloitte Touche, et al., involving multiple individuals, local, regional and national law firms and corporate defendants in one of Utah's largest civil financial fraud, RICO and business torts cases involving claims in excess of $200,000,000.00.

Joint defense counsel for high-profile CEO of Utah publicly traded medical products company, medical doctor, engineer, Ph.D., inventor and patent holder of several cutting-edge medical and pharmaceutical products in multi-count federal grand jury indictment for securities fraud insider trading and income tax evasion. Trial defense resulted in acquittal of all criminal charges.

Special Assistant Attorney General on behalf of the Utah Department of Transportation in condemnation action involving highway right-of-way acquisition and severance damage issues involving claims in excess of $20,000,000.

Special counsel to the Utah State Bar in disciplinary proceedings.

Outside special legal counsel to the Town of Alta, Utah in various zoning, eminent domain, land use planning, building variances applications involving increases in private residential and commercial developments in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Represented public utility customer class action groups in challenging predatory and discriminatory rate practices and procedures of Utah's three major utilities including natural gas, telephone, and electrical. This representation included participating in lengthy evidentiary rate case hearings conducted before the Utah Public Service Commission and appeals to the Utah Supreme Court involving Utah's largest natural gas public utility.

Joint plaintiff's trial counsel against Suburban Propane, publicly traded company, for breach of commercial contract and several intentional tort claims resulting in multi-million dollar economic and punitive damages award by jury against Suburban.

Representation of University of Utah physicians in administrative and litigation proceedings involving termination of their faculty and practice privileges initiated by the University Office of General counsel; and outside legal counsel.

Specific Legal Experience