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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.



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    34 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Elder Law: 25%
    27 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
    36 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    32 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Hourly ($185-300/hour), contingent (20-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Keith Backman

    Really knows his stuff on medical malpractice.


    Keith Backman Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kurt M. Helgesen

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Kurt Helgesen Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact info

Helgesen, Houtz & Jones

1513 N. Hill Field Road
Layton, UT, 84041

Helgesen, Houtz & Jones

5732 S. 1475 E. Suite 200
South Ogden, UT, 84403



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Distinguished Service AwardUtah Trial Lawyers Association2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Lifetime Service AwardUtah Trial Lawyers Association AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHelgesen, Houtz & Jones1982 - Present
InstructorBrigham Young University (CES)1994 - 2010
AttorneyBethancourt & Fuller1980 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Utah Association for JusticeAdvisory Board2010 - Present
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember2008 - Present
American Inns of CourtMaster1996 - Present
Utah Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2008 - 2010
American Association of JusticeBoard of Governors2006 - 2010
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaGovernor1996 - 2005
Utah Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1994 - 1996
Utah Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1987 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Simply seniors MagazineUtah Elder Law - monthly column2013
Simply Seniors MagazineUtah Elder Law - monthly column2012
Simply Seniors MagazineUtah Elder Law - monthly column2011
Simply Seniors MagazineUtah Elder Law - monthly column2010
Simply Seniors MagazineUtah Elder Law - monthly column2009
Simply Seniors MagazineUtah Elder Law - monthly column2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Weber State UniversityFinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Utah Seniors Meeting“Choosing the person who will manage your affairs after death”2013
Utah Seniors ConferenceCurrent legal issues in Utah law for Utah Seniors2012
American Inns of Court chapterTips to avoid malpractice: confession error rules2011