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David E. Leta


Current Position

Of Counsel (retired)
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Salt Lake City, UT

Class: XIV (2003)Circuit: Tenth


Binghamton University, fka SUNY Binghamton, fka Harpur College, B.A., Economics, Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa (1973)
University of Utah College of Law (nka, S.J. Quinney College of Law), J.D., University of Utah Law Review (1975-76); Comment Editor (1976); Order of the Coif (1976)
Admitted to Utah State Bar and Utah Supreme Court (1976); U.S. District Court-Utah (1976); U.S. Court of Appeals-10th Circuit (1977); U.S. Court of Appeals-9th Circuit (1978); U.S. Supreme Court (1981); U.S. Tax Court (1984)

Professional Career

Of Counsel since 2019, formerly a Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (1992-)
Partner, Hansen Jones & Leta, aka Hansen Jones Maycock & Leta (1982-86); Hansen & Anderson (1986-89); (1982-92)
Associate (1976-80); Partner (1980-82), Roe & Fowler
Adjunct Professor, University of Utah College of Law (1978-82; 2012-)
Visiting Professor, University of Miskolc Law Department, Miskolc, Hungary (Fall 2006)


American College of Bankruptcy (2003-)
American Bankruptcy Institute (1985-)
American Bar Association (1976-)
Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers' Forum, Founding Member (Inception-)
Utah State Bar, First Chair and Organizer, Bankruptcy Section (Inception-)


"Practical Guidelines for Efficient Chapter 7 Filings," Inside the Minds, Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Strategies, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2010 ed. Chapter author
Trigild, 2009 Deskbook, Guide to Receivership & Foreclosure, author of Chapter on Utah, 1st ed. 2009
Jonathan P. Friedland, et al., Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses, chapter author on Utah Alternatives, Thomson Reuters/West 2008-09 ed.
"Valuing Intangible Assets in Bankruptcy Cases," Utah Bar Journal Mar/Apr 2005 Author
"My Evolution from Paper-Pusher to Key-Clicker," Utah Bar Journal Jun/Jul 2004 Author
"Do the Ends Justify the Means Test?" The National Law Journal Sept. 28, 1998 Author
"Highlights of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994-Parts I and II," Utah State Bar Journal Mar/Apr1995 Author
"New Real Estate Issues Under the 1984 Bankruptcy Amendments," The Practical Real Estate Lawyer 13 1985 Co-author
"Selected Bankruptcy Considerations in Drafting Real Estate Documents," Utah Law Review 227 1984 Co-author
"Clegg v. Conk: The Ghost of Scienter Haunts the Tenth Circuit," Utah Law Review 246 1975 Author
numerous seminar presentations and related materials 1976- Author


The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation (1995-13)
Lawdragon, Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-11)
SuperLawyers, Bankruptcy - Business Edition (2011); Bankruptcy - Corporate Counsel Edition (2009-10)
Mountain States SuperLawyers, Bankruptcy (2007-12); Top 100 (2012); Top 25 (2012)
Utah Business magazine, Utah Legal Elite: Bankruptcy/Workout (2005-06; 09-13); Utah 100 Elite (2004-06)
The Best Lawyers in America, The Best of the U.S. (2008)
Who's Who Legal USA (2006)
Who's Who in the West (2006)