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Robert R. Wallace

Key Bank Tower
36 S. State Street
Suite 1900
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Wallace is a member of the firm's Insurance industry section. His practice concentrates on major litigation in both federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, professional malpractice, fraud, insurance, commercial, and employment law. He is a long-standing member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Mr. Wallace has been a trial lawyer for 35 years, including eight years as Chief Trial Counsel with the Utah Attorney General's Office. In addition, he was outside counsel for the Utah Attorney General's Office for post-trial work to completion of a notorious, capital homicide case.

Mr. Wallace is recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite for business litigation and insurance and as a Mountain State Super Lawyer for civil litigation defense. He has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.


  • Witness before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, along with the Attorney General of California and others, on habeas corpus reform.
  • Almost exclusive civil litigation practice, 1984 to present, including significant appellate work Former Chief Trial.
  • Former Chief Trial Counsel for the Utah Attorney Generals Office for eight years: handled major trials involving the State of Utah, its agencies and employees.
  • Former Chief Criminal Deputy, Utah Attorney General's Office, supervised investigations and prosecution of major, multi-county and interstate frauds and other white-collar crime. Wrote and supervised the writing of all criminal appellate briefs to the Utah Supreme Court.
  • Former Special Assistant United States Attorney for prosecution of a major fraud case investigated jointly by the FBI and the Utah Attorney General's Office Former County/District Prosecutor for all types of crimes from capital homicide to misdemeanors.
  • Outside contract attorney for the state of Utah, through the Attorney Generals office, to complete the post trial work which resulted in the execution of William Andrews, who had been found guilty of the notorious Hi Fi Shop murders, also assisted at the trial level.
  • Former trial prosecutor at the county/district attorney level, handling trials involving most major types of crimes, including capital and other homicide, manslaughter, robbery, rape, drug dealing, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, and practicing medicine without a license.
  • State Procurement Appeals Board, appointed by the governor as one of two regular members, 1994-2000.
  • Alden J. Anderson Inn of Court - United States District Court for the District of Utah: Former President, 2001-2002, appointed by federal Judge Tena Campbell; Former Secretary/treasurer, 1997-2001, appointed by federal Judge J. Thomas Green; current Master of the Bench.

Reported Cases

Capital homicide case (All relating to the notorious Hi Fi Shop murders in Ogden, Utah; assisted in the month-long trial and handled the following appellate work or, in a few instances, supervised the handling):

  • Andrews v. Utah, 505 U.S. 1233 (1992)
  • Andrews v. Barnes, 493 U.S. 945 (1989)
  • Andrews v. Deland, 943 F.2d 2062 (10th Cir. 1991)
  • Andrews v. Deland, 745 F.2d 606 (10th Cir. 1984)
  • State v. Andrews, 843 P.2d 1027 (Utah 1992)
  • Andrews v. Board of Pardons, 836 P.2d 790 (Utah 1992)
  • Andrews v. Haun, 779 P.2d 229 (Utah 1989)
  • Andrews v. Barnes, 779 P.2d 228 (Utah 1989)
  • Andrews v. Morris, 677 P.2d 81 (Utah 1983)

Civil rights cases:

  • Singer v. Wadman, Gov. Matheson, 745 P.2d 606 (10th Cir. 1984): Successfully represented the governor and other state officials in the civil rights case brought by the widow of slain polygamist John Singer.
  • Murphy v. Gov. Matheson, 742 F.2d 564 (10th Cir. 1984)
  • Seamons v. Snow, 206 F.3d 1021 (10th Cir. 2000): Successfully represented Skyview High School student dismissed from the football team for reporting assaults on him.
  • Seamons v. Snow, 84 F.3d 1226 (10th Cir. 1996): Same case as above
  • Taylor v. Sheriff Meacham, Uintah County, 82 F.3d 1556 (10th Cir. 1996): Successfully defended civil rights suit brought by an accused who served seven weeks of pre-trial detention, for an alleged vicious rape and homicide, before the prosecutor dismissed the case.
  • Kahn v. Weber County, unpubl. Opinion, Lexis No. 1819 (10th Cir. 2002): Successfully represented the county in claims of failure to protect and prosecute.
  • Molina v. Sheriff Spanos, Wasatch County, unpubl. Opinion, Lexis No. 22370 (10th Cir. 1999): Successfully represented county officials in civil rights suit alleging illegal forfeiture of alleged drug users home.
  • Eddy v. Weber County, unpubl. Opinion, Lexis No. 1819 (10th Cir. Feb 27, 1996): Successfully represented county in civil rights suit.
  • Brown v. Millard County, unpubl. Opinion, Lexis No. 19745 (10th Cir. Sept. 20, 2002): Successfully represented county officials in civil rights case involving alleged illegal conspiracy to allow illegal entry into a home and take private property.

Other civil cases (Cases were handled at both the trial and appellate levels):

  • Gerbich v. Numed, Inc., 977 P.2d 1205 (Utah 1999): Successfully defended personal injury case.
  • Interwest v. Palmer, 923 P.2d 1350 (Utah 1996): Successfully represented contractor against Thiokol Chemical Corp. after collapse of large waste water storage tanks.
  • Walker v. Brigham City, 856 P.2d 347 (Utah 1993)
  • Gaw v. State and Lingle, 798 P.2d 1130 (Utah 1990): Represented trucking company and driver in wrongful death verdict of no cause in favor of the trucking company.
  • Asay v. Watkins, 751 P.2d 1135 (Utah 1988)
  • KUTV, Inc. v. Judge Conder, 668 P.2d 513 (Utah 1983)

Major fraud cases (Cases prosecuted at the trial level and defended on appeal):

  • State v. Musselman, 667 P.2d 1061 (Utah 1983): Lawyer forged name of client on settlement check and told client the case had been dismissed.
  • State v. Jones, 657 P.2d 1263 (Utah 1982): Lawyer involved in an invention development/marketing scheme.
  • State v. Forsythe, 641 P.2d 1172 (Utah 1982): Fraud involving investments in a proposed health spa and club.
  • State v. Kerekas, 622 P.2d 1161 (Utah 1980): Fraud involving a fruit juice vending machine purchase and business opportunity scheme in which one of the witnesses was in the federal witness protection program.
  • State v. Jiminez, 588 P.2d 707 (Utah 1978): Fraud involving the purchase of the Utah Pioneers soccer team.

Practice areas



University of Utah School of Law, J.D., 1972

Weber State University, Minors completed in Mathematics, Philosophy and German (accepted to law school prior to a degree)

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 1972
Other Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court, 1992
  • United States Claims Court, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1989
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah, 1972
  • Utah Supreme Court, 1972

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers national: Civil Litigation Defense (2013)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer: Civil Litigation Defense (2012 - 2016)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Civil Litigation (2014), Business Litigation (2009 -2011)
  • Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV


American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Litigation Counsel of America

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Federal Bar Association

Utah State Bar Association

Aldon J. Anderson Federal Inn of Court , Former President and Current Master