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E. Barney Gesas

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Trial Law


  • University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • J.D. - 1972
  • University of Idaho
    • B.S. - 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 1972

Representative Cases

  • First Security Bank v. Banberry Crossing, 780 P.2d 1253 (Utah 1989)
  • Olympus Hills Shopping Center Ltd. v. Smith's Food & Drug, 889 P.2d 445 (Utah Ct. App. 1994)
  • Robert Winn, et al. v. University of Utah, et al., Third District Ct., Summit County, Utah, Civ., No. 0600105 (2000)

Professional Associations

  • Utah State Bar Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
  • Utah State Bar Examinations Committee
  • Utah State Bar Judges and Courts Committee
  • Utah State Bar Long Range Planning Committee

Past Positions

  • Utah Legal Services, Inc., Staff Attorney and Director of Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo, Utah Offices, 1972 to 1975
  • Norton Gesas & Taylor, Founding Partner, 1975 to 1977
  • Watkiss & Campbell, Associate Attorney and Equity Partner, 1977 to 1989
  • Campbell Maack & Sessions, Founding Senior Partner & Litigator, 1989 to 1998
  • Clyde Snow & Sessions, Equity Member, Partner and Senior Litigator, 1998 to 2011
  • Anderson & Karrenberg, Of Counsel, 2011 to 2013
  • Larsen Christensen & Rico, PLLC, Equity Member, 2013 to 2013
  • Winder & Counsel PC, Of Counsel, 2014 to 2015

Current Employment Position

  • Member and Managing Lawyer


  • Ranked with U.S. News and The Best Lawyers in America®, Best Law Firms: Tier 1 Ranking in Commercial Litigation and Tier 2 Rankings in Litigation - Land Use & Zoning and Litigation - Real Estate, 2014-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Land Use & Zoning and Litigation-Real Estate, 2012-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2011
  • Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer Designation® - Top 3% of United States Lawyers, 2016-2017
  • AV Rating*, Martindale-Hubbell® (Thirty-years)
  • Utah State Bar Award and Certificate of Merit for serving as Special Counsel on ethics and disciplinary matters
  • Utah Business Magazine Legal Elite, Business Litigation (several editions)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.