Jack Helgesen likes people and has devoted his life to helping them fight bullies and get justice.
He received a Juris Doctor law degree from BYU Law School. He grew up in Ogden, but started his career in 1980 in Phoenix. He later moved to Kaysville, Utah. Jack became a trial lawyer in hundreds of civil and criminal trials.
• As an injury trial lawyer for severely injured Utahns, Mr. Helgesen has won some of the largest settlements in Utah. He and his partners have successfully resolved hundreds of injury cases in the last twenty-five years.
• As a medical malpractice lawyer, Mr. Helgesen won one of the first million dollar awards in a Utah medical trial. He and his partners have won settlements and awards in hundreds of medical malpractice cases.
• As a consumer trial lawyer, Mr. Helgesen filed and won (at trial and through multiple appeals) one of the largest class action judgments in the history of Utah – more than $70 million – for more than 21,000 Utah tax payers in Brumley v. Tax Commission, 868 P.2d 796 (Utah 1993). He has filed and settled class actions against Utah car dealers for deceptive and illegal practices. He and his partners have been winning consumer cases for more than twenty-five years.
• As a criminal defense lawyer earlier in his practice, Mr. Helgesen became one of only a handful of Utah lawyers to win acquittals from juries in murder, rape and kidnapping trials. As a juvenile court defense lawyer, Mr. Helgesen represented young Utahns in hundreds of trials and hearings. His firm has continued this tradition for more than twenty-five years.
Mr. Helgesen has been a leader among American lawyers. He is a former President of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association, and was a Governor (for more than ten years) of the Association of American Trial Lawyers in Washington, D.C., the nation’s largest trial lawyer organization. He is currently a Governor of the American Association of Justice (Washington, D.C.), a Master with the American Inns of Court, and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Jack and the law firm he started handle a broad range of legal matters for Utahns and their families. Jack has an Av rating from Martindale-Hubbell, America’s oldest lawyer rating service. This high honor puts him in the top 5% of American lawyers for legal ability and ethics.
He and his wife Koy have eight children and twenty grandchildren. They spend all the time they can with their family. They like sports and are fans of BYU, Utah and Weber State University athletics (their children graduated from the University of Utah and Weber State.) They also cheer for the San Francisco Giants baseball team.
Hourly ($185-300/hour), contingent (20-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Distinguished Service Award||Utah Trial Lawyers Association||2006|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2004|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2003|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2002|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2001|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2000|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2000|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1999|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1998|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1997|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1996|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1995|
|Lifetime Service Award||Utah Trial Lawyers Association Association||N/A|
|Attorney||Helgesen, Houtz & Jones||1982 - Present|
|Instructor||Brigham Young University (CES)||1994 - 2010|
|Attorney||Bethancourt & Fuller||1980 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Utah Association for Justice||Advisory Board||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2008 - Present|
|Utah Association for Justice||Board of Governors||2008 - 2010|
|American Association of Justice||Board of Governors||2006 - 2010|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Governor||1996 - 2005|
|American Inns of Court||Master||1996 - Present|
|Utah Trial Lawyers Association||President||1994 - 1996|
|Utah Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Governors||1987 - 2007|
|Simply seniors Magazine||Utah Elder Law - monthly column||2013|
|Simply Seniors Magazine||Utah Elder Law - monthly column||2012|
|Simply Seniors Magazine||Utah Elder Law - monthly column||2011|
|Simply Seniors Magazine||Utah Elder Law - monthly column||2010|
|Simply Seniors Magazine||Utah Elder Law - monthly column||2009|
|Simply Seniors Magazine||Utah Elder Law - monthly column||2008|
|Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Weber State University||Finance||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Utah Seniors Meeting||“Choosing the person who will manage your affairs after death”||2013|
|Utah Seniors Conference||Current legal issues in Utah law for Utah Seniors||2012|
|American Inns of Court chapter||Tips to avoid malpractice: confession error rules||2011|