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Russell Y Minas

Russell Y Minas

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Adoption

About Me

I established a private practice in 1995 after having previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. in March 2014, after 18 years of solo practice I joined the Salt Lake City Law firm of Van Cott, Bagley Cornwall & McCarthy. My practice is dedicated to cases involving family issues, with an emphasis upon alternative dispute resolution. I am a fully trained collaborative family lawyer and member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Having handled thousands of cases in the courts, my philosophy has evolved to a firm belief that the courts should be used only as a place of last resort - that the best outcomes are agreed upon by the parties themselves, rather than imposed by a judge. I litigate when necessary, but I prefer private dispute resolution processes that build community and and peaceful outcomes. I make a true effort to treat all I encounter with dignity and respect. At the same time I must function as a reality check for clients. I will tell you what I think and level with you, as opposed to telling what I think you want to hear. I try to be direct, to the point, provide good value, make the best use of client resources, and to be accessible. I am A/V rated by Martindale-Hubbell and serve on various judical boards and bar committees in my field of practice.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Divorce & Separation: 95%
    26 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Adoption: 5%
    26 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($300/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • David C Blum

    Russ is a great attorney who really knows the law. His easy-going demeanor makes it easy to resolve issues with him without incurring unnecessary expenses for our clients.


    David Blum Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Russell. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy

36 S State St Ste 1900
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-1478



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Family Law Attorney of the YearUtah State Bar2013
A/V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselVan Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy2014 - Present
Sole PractitionerRussell Y. Minas, PC1995 - 2014
Executive DirectorLegal Aid Society of Salt Lake1993 - 1994
Domestic Violence Program DirectorLegal Aid Society of Salt Lake1990 - 1993
Staff AttorneyLegal Aid Society of Salt Lake1989 - 1990

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Utah Child Support Guidelines Advisory CommitteeCo-chair2013 - Present
Executive Committee, Utah State Bar Family Law SectionMember2003 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Matter of Adoption of B.O, 927 P.2d 202 (Utah App. 1996)Affirmed
Smith v. Smith., Utah Ct. App Case No, 971619-CAAffirmed
Montague v. Montague, 2001 UT App 126, 20000155-CAAffirmed

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Modest Means CLEBasic Family Law Training2014
Mil Law Section CLEDeployment Effects on Cust & Parent-Time2013
Utah State Bar Fall ForumMediation-Based Custody Consultations2011