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Alan W. Mortensen joined Dewsnup, King & Olsen in 1993 and became a shareholder in 2001. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers to be in the Best Lawyers of American group. He is a member of the Mountain States Super Lawyers.  He is in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of The American Trial Lawyer Association, is a platinum member of The Verdict Club for Premier Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for having both verdicts and settlements in the eight figure range. For several years has been selected as one of Utah's Legal Elite. His practice is devoted exclusively to representing injured victims in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith cases. He is licensed in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Mr. Mortensen was the lead attorney in the Guatemalan Air Disaster where several service missionaries from Utah, Illinois and Guatemala were killed and injured. He has spent an extensive amount of time in Central American investigating and litigating other aviation disasters, including two cases in Honduras. He is currently litigating several aviation disasters in the Rocky Mountain Region. 

One of the lead attorneys in the Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster case, Mr. Mortensen has tried and litigated diverse plane, truck and motor vehicle accidents, mining accident, civil rights, workplace injury, product liability, medical negligence, construction defect, forfeiture, employment, and insurance bad faith cases in the state and federal courts of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Several of these cases have resulted in multi- million dollar settlements or verdicts. He has also successfully appealed cases to the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, the Wyoming Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Mortensen is a member of the Utah Association for Justice, where he sits on the Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He is a member of the Utah State Bar and the Salt Lake County Bar Associations. He is a Barrister in the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II American Inns of Court. Mr. Mortensen received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science from the University of Utah. He also holds an associate's degree in Philosophy and Spanish, which he speaks fluently. He attended the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he graduated with honors and was a member of, authored, and edited the Land & Water Law Review. He has also authored articles that have appeared in several legal journals. He is a frequent lecturer and has given several seminar presentations to his peers. He lives in Bountiful, Utah with his wife, Robyn, and their five children.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 30%
    21 years, 30 cases
  2. Aviation: 30%
    19 years, 15 cases
  3. Insurance Fraud: 15%
    14 years, 20 cases
  4. Brain Injury: 15%
    22 years, 50 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard Allen Erb Jr.

    I have worked together with Alan on a number of personal injury and medical malpractice cases over the years, and I highly respect his skills, legal knowledge, and his integrity.


    Richard Erb Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Alan. 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

36 South State Street
Suite 2400
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111


WYAuthorized to practice law199405/29/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lifetime Member AwardUtah Association for Justice2012
Mountain States Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Platinum MemberThe Verdict Club2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderDewsnup, King & Olsen1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
ABA Aviation SectionMember2008 - Present
American Association for Justice, Aviation Law SectionMember2007 - Present
American Inns of CourtBarrister2004 - Present
Centerpointe Legacy TheatreBoard of Directors2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Wyoming State BarMember1995 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Utah Association for JusticeBoard of Governors1994 - Present
Utah State BarMember1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Crandall Caynon Mine DisasterConfidential Settlement
Guatemalan Cessna CrashConfidential settlement
Worthington v. AllstateSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Huff PostCharges in Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster Filed2012
The Washington PostCharges in Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster2012
La Tribuna (Honduras)No Hay Avances en Investigacion de Accidente2011
Salt Lake TribuneSettlement Against Day Care Center2009
KSL NewsTop Story of the Year2008
New York TimesCrandall Canyon Complaint2008
Deseret NewsCouple Sues for Adoption Malpractice2007
Davis County ClipperAttorney to Represent Crandall Canyon Miners2007
Davis County ClipperFamilies in Shock2007
Utah Trial JournalWhat Every Plaintiffs Lawyer Should Know in Avoiding Workers Compensation Immunity with Public Employers, Sherwood v. Oklahoma County, 2002 WL 1472197 (10th Cir. 2002),2003
Utah Bar JournalIn Memoriam, W. Brent Wilcox1997
Utah Bar JournalEmployees Further Forced to Bear Burden of Boss's Neglect1996
XXVIII Land and Water Review 627Comment, Wyoming Fetal Rights - Why the Abortion “Albatross” is a Bird of a Different Color: The Case for Fetal Federalism1993
XXVII Land and Water Review 223Case Note, The Marriage of Strict Liability and Comparative Negligence Left Waiting at the Altar?1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wyoming College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of UtahPolitics, Philosophy, and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
University of UtahSpanishOther - Bachelors1990
Brigham Young UniversityN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Malpractice Trials“How to Try a Medical Malpractice Case,”2009
Utah Brain Injury Conference“How to Present the Before and After Witness at Trial2008
Trucking Litigation“How to Try Your Trucking Case”2008
MSHANPR Radio Interview2008
Annual Conference“Ethical Implications of Workers’ Compensation Issue in a Third Party Setting: Striking the Proper Balance.2008
Utah Brain Injury ConferenceBrain Injury In the Medical Malpractice Case2007
Utah Brain Injury ConferencePresenting Your Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case2007
Trial PracticeThe Settlement Process2007
Brain Injury Association of UtahFinding Experts2006
Annual Conference“What the Plaintiff Attorney Can Learn From Other Practitioners”2006
Utah Association for Justice Brain Injury ConferenceHow to Get Your Neuropsychologist into Evidence2005
Young Lawyers of Utah State BarSo You Want to Be a Medical Malpractice Attorney2004
Utah Association for Justice Brain Injury SeminarUsing Focus Groups to Evaluate Your Brain Injury Case2004
Legal Discussion at NoonWhat Everyone Should Know About Their Automobile Insurance2004
Career CounselingSo You want to Be a Lawyer2004
Utah Trial Lawyers Association/Brain Injury Association of Utah SeminarCreative Demonstrative Exhibits for Brain Injury Cases2003
Mid Year ConferenceThe Basics of Litigation2003
Annual MeetingHow to Perform Focus Groups2003
Annual MeetingThe Basics of Trial2003
LuncheonTort Reform2002
Bad Faith Law In UtahBasics of Insurance Bad Faith2002
Bad Faith In UtahBasics of Insurance Bad Faith2002