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Clay A. Alger, Esq.


Clay A. Alger is a junior partner at our law firm who practices primarily in the immigration and litigation departments. Mr. Alger graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s of arts in Economics. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he graduated with high honors. During law school, Mr. Alger served on the Utah Law Review as a senior staff member and published an article in that same journal discussing Utah’s highway dedication doctrine and matters relating to public prescriptive easements. Mr. Alger also earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Administrative Law and the College of Law Outstanding Achievement Award in Property Law.

Prior to joining Shumway Van, Mr. Alger gained significant experience as a law clerk for the Utah Attorney General’s Office Litigation Division. Upon admittance to the Utah State Bar, Mr. Alger began a solo practice in Salt Lake City where he practiced primarily criminal defense and family law. He also has experience in public employment law and has represented several clients on appeal to the Utah Court of Appeals and Utah Supreme Court.

Mr. Alger is fluent in Portuguese. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, running, and spending time with his family.

Representative Cases:

  • State v. Maxwell, 2011 UT 81, 275 P.3d 220: briefed and argued before the Utah Supreme Court a Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure case of first impression.
  • Winward v. State, 2012 UT 85, 293 P.3d 259: Drafted an appellate brief before the Utah Supreme Court that resulted in a favorable determination on client’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim.
  • Briefed multiple cases on appeal to the Utah Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully defended several criminal defendants, including securing dismissals in DUI, drug, and domestic violence matters.
  • Defended the rights of a professional athlete.
  • Represented a major lender in a high profile collection matter against local athlete.
  • Represented and advised multiple police officers in various civil matters.
  • Successfully represented business through Chapter 11 bankruptcy and had reorganization plans confirmed.
  • Obtained a high collection rate on behalf of a large home owner’s association for unpaid assessments.
  • Successfully settled multi-million dollar fraud litigation for a number of victims.
  • Represented local business in high-profile multi-million dollar FTC litigation.
  • Successfully represented a number of parents in DCFS child custody matters.
  • Represented several large creditors in multi-million dollar fraud litigation.
  • Represented lenders in multiple high dollar real estate litigation cases involving, among other things: eminent domain, commercial foreclosure, asset foreclosure, bankruptcy, fraud, and breach of contract.
  • Prevailed on the merits and obtained large attorney fee award in hotly contested boundary dispute.
  • Sued multiple government agencies for civil rights violations.
  • Successfully defended consumers against lawsuit filed by large bank.

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