Nelson Abbott

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Born: California.

Admitted to the Utah State Bar; U.S. District Court, District of Utah and to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.


B.A. in economics and a minor in philosophy from BYU.

M.B.A. from BYU.  Finished with a 3.93 GPA.

J.D. from BYU.  Author and Editor for the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law.

Trial Court Experience:

Nelson Abbott has tried over 100 cases to both juries and judges.  He also has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation.

Appellate Cases:

Timothy v. keetch, 2011 UT App. 104 — won this case.

N.M. v. Daniel E., 2008 UT 1 — won this case.

McKeon v. Crump, 2002 UT App. 258 — lost this case.

State ex rel. A.W, 2002 UT App 159 — won this case.

State v. Kohl, 999 P.2d 392, 2000 UT 35 — won this case.

Russ v. Woodside Homes, 905 P.2d 901 (Utah App. 1995) lost this case.


How to Form a Corporation in any State, Advocate Publishers, 1990.

The Complete Asset Protection Plan, Advocate Publishers, 1990.

Developing an Employee-Centered Electronic Monitoring System, Journal of Systems Management, August 1993.

United States v. Halper: Making Double Jeopardy Available in Civil Actions, 6 Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law 551, 1992.

Insurance: To Tell Or Not To Tell, That Is The Question, Utah Trial Lawyer’s Association Journal, Summer 2004, at 41.

An Enigmatic Degree of Medical Certainty, Utah Bar Journal, Aug 2008, at 20

Conferences, Symposia and other Presentations:

Teaches Business Law as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Brigham Young University.

Presented Utah Bar Association approved continuing legal education courses to fellow lawyers in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Spoke at the Utah Association for Justice Annual Convention in 2008 and 2010.

Boards of Directors and Committees (past and present)

Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the Utah State Bar.

Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee for the Utah State Bar.

Fee Arbitration Committee for the Utah State Bar.

Member of the Board of Directors for the Utah County Chapter of the BYU Management Society.

Member of the Board of Directors for a non-profit corporation with an annual budget exceeding $2,000,000.

Moot Court Coach for a Utah Junior High School.

Languages: French.

Famiy: Married with four children.