Sophisticated Trial And Appellate Advocacy
At The Law Office of E. Barney Gesas PLLC, I provide experienced trial representation. I have decades of experience with civil litigation and appeals, focused in the areas of complex business litigation, real property law and land use, including condemnations and takings.
My more than 45 years of experience enable me to get to the heart of the conflict and develop effective litigation strategies that place my clients in the best position for a favorable resolution. Wherever possible, the goal is to resolve conflicts out of court to save time and expense, but I approach every case as if I will be arguing before a judge or jury.
Civil Litigation In Utah And The Western U.S.
Based in Salt Lake City, I have litigated cases across the Intermountain West, representing individuals, businesses and government entities. I have served in various capacities including lead plaintiff counsel, defense co-counsel, outside regional counsel, court-appointed special counsel and special assistant attorney general.
With decades of courtroom experience, I have litigated many matters from both sides, a valuable perspective that works to your advantage.
I welcome complex, arcane, difficult and high-stakes cases. My resume as a civil litigator includes:
- Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
- Regulatory violations
- Real estate litigation
- Commercial landlord-tenant
- Land use and zoning (commercial, industrial, agricultural)
- Construction and development law
- Business litigation
- Public utilities disputes
- Estate litigation
- Product liability and mass torts defense
- Civil fraud lawsuits
The Complex Analysis Necessary For An Appeal
You may have legal remedies if you experienced an unfavorable result at trial. Nonetheless, determining whether an appeal is appropriate or cost-effective is a complex process involving myriad factors. An appeal requires evidence that you were denied a fair trial or due process in a civil trial or regulatory proceeding.
An appellate attorney needs to review the record from the trial court, examine if errors were properly preserved for appeal, and determine if an appeal is viable. If you believe the judge made errors or your prior attorney was ineffective, I can examine the trial record to gauge whether you have viable grounds for appeal.
I have the depth of experience in state and federal appellate representation, including arguments before the Utah Court of Appeals. I understand how these courts function, the personalities of the judges and the types of arguments that succeed.
Sound Advice And Experienced Representation
For an appeal, you need to decide whether to appeal within the narrow filing deadline after the trial decision. I can help you make this determination. I believe in close communication and consultation with my clients so that they can make informed decisions about the costs and risks of litigation.
I provide a free one-hour consultation to discuss your legal matter and how I might be of service. I offer flat fee, hourly or blended rates, with flexible payment plans, so that you take prompt action to protect your legal and financial interests.