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Clay A Alger

Immigration Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Utah - UT 14 years
    Arizona - AZ 8 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2015
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Clay

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Clay A. Alger is a partner at Shumway Van’s Salt Lake City office. Mr. Alger graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After graduation he attended the University of Utah’s, S.J Quinney College of Law where he graduated with high honors and received his Juris Doctorate. While attending law school, Mr. Alger served on the Utah Law Review as a senior staff member. During that same time Mr. Alger published an article in that same publication that discussed Utah’s Highway Dedication Doctrine and matters relating to public prescriptive easements. Mr. Alger also earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Administrative Law, an award that is granted to the highest scoring individual at a particular law school. He then proceeded to earn the S.J Quinney College of Law Outstanding Achievement Award in regards to Property Law; this award is reserved for the most apt and able law student for a specific semester.

Following these achievements, before graduation and prior to joining Shumway Van’s Salt Lake City law firm, Mr. Alger gained significant experience as a law clerk for the Litigation Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Upon his admittance to the Utah State Bar, Mr. Alger began his own private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah where he practiced primarily criminal defense and family law. While operating his solo practice, Mr. Alger gained applicable experience and developed a reputation for being one of Salt Lake City’s most thorough and affable Utah attorneys.

Mr. Alger’s philosophy for law can be summed up easily, “I am committed to helping clients navigate the legal system efficiently and effectively. Client involvement is important to me; I consider the attorney-client relationship a collaboration to achieve a desired goal. My goal is to provide high quality legal services at a reasonable and competitive rate. Many attorneys encourage unnecessary litigation so that they can excessively bill their clients. That philosophy is counterproductive in my opinion. I prefer to work towards a resolution that is best for the client, whether that means resolving a case early and amicably, or pursuing litigation aggressively if needed.”

Mr. Alger's practice is currently focused on immigration law, an area with which he has extensive experience. Mr. Alger also has experience with criminal defense and civil litigation and continues to practice in those areas. Mr. Alger has continued to passionately and firmly pursue the ever-evolving world of law, so that he may accurately and effectively serve each of his clients in the best manner possible. Since joining Shumway Van Mr. Alger has obtained immense experience in immigration law and has represented multiple clients before several legal bodies including USCIS, immigration court (EOIR), the Board of Immigration Appeals, and other state and federal courts. In addition, his ability to speak and write fluently in Portuguese has expanded Shumway Van’s Salt Lake City law firm and allowed the opportunity to serve more clients in their pursuit of justice. His constant dedication to Shumway Van, and his accomplishment in becoming a lawyer Utah residents can have trust in, has made him a valuable and respected attorney at our firm.

In Clay’s spare time, you can find him playing on the guitar, hiking through the trails of Utah and above all, spending time with his wife and their three daughters.

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8 E Broadway Ste 550
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Posted by Sandy | April 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience
Clay helped me to get my permamet residency and also helped me to get my citizenship. He was always on top of things, he is kind, helpful and even went with me for both of my interviews. I am so grateful we found such a competent and professional attorney to help me and my husband during this long process. Don't hesitate to go with him if you need any immigration assistance/advice.
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Posted by Alon | July 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awsome and very thurough
Clay who helped us out with immigration paperwork was awesome and very thorough. I would highly recommend him for any legal work.
Posted by Elizabeth | May 28, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful and thorough
I had an immigration consultation with him and he went beyond by answering all my questions and concerns and providing me with very knowledgeable advice. I definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a professional immigration attorney.
Posted by George | November 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clay Alger helped my wife and I throughout the adjustment of status process. He reviewed our forms, answered all of our questions and helped prepare us for the interview. He is outstanding at what he does and I highly recommend him for all your legal needs.
Posted by Ragnar | May 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent immigration services!
Clay did an amazing job handling my immigration case, AOS/sponsored by US Citizen spouse. I am extremely happy with the services he provided and the guidance he provided throughout the entire process. It was a lengthy process to wait for USCIS to get to handling our case, that took 15 months from filing until AOS interview and approval. I would recommend Clay to anyone planning to immigrate to the US. He is a great lawyer and he is also a great person! Absolutely enjoyed working with him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So professional and understanding
Clay has been a great help consulting us about our questions before my husband and I got married and after we got married. He has helped calm our concerns and gives as many details of understanding how things can be with our situation. I feel reassured that we have a great legal advisor when it comes to immigration issues and concerns.
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Posted by Elliot | September 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Highly Recommend Clay Alger!
Clay Alger was impressive in handling my legal settlement. He was professional, well prepared and knowledgeable with my case. He stayed in touch with me, took the time to talk to me and explained how my case was proceeding. I am very happy with the results and thankful for his help.
Posted by Vicki | July 30, 2015
Clay Alger is an impressive and experienced litigator
My family and I are overjoyed with the representation we recieved from Shumway, Van and Hansen. Clay Alger represented us in court for a civil real estate matter and was spot on!! He took the time to call the night before for final preparation. He meet us early at the courthouse so my Mom and Aunt could meet him, which helped put their minds at ease. Clay was impressive in the courtroom. He was professional, well prepared and remarkablity effective!
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Posted by Daniel V | July 11, 2014
Very professional and knowledgeable
Clay Alger handled my immigration case with high ethics and professionalism. He explained the entire process from our first visit. He clearly stated possible risks and different scenarios. At the same time I really believe that he cared about my case and my family. We were always kept updated and well taken care of by his staff and himself. Lastly, he clearly presented his attorney fees, which were reasonable and consistent throughout the whole process. I highly recommend Clay A Alger based on his extensive knowledge and personal approach.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 215-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shumway Van
  • 2018 - Present
  • Junior Partner
  • Shumway Van
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Senior Associate Atorney
  • Shumway Van
  • 2011 - 2014


  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Utah
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Martin v. Rasmussen, 2014 UT App 200
  • Trial court victory upheld.
  • State v. Maxwell, 2011 UT 81, 275 P.3d 220
  • Trial court decision reversed.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Utah chapter)
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (10)
Endorse Clay
Immigration Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Clay knows his stuff!"
Immigration Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He works hard and obtains good results for clients."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working directly with Mr. Alger on a number of matters. I would highly recommend his services to anyone. He is caring, detail oriented, and a hard worker. You want him on your team!"
Immigration Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clay is a fantastic attorney and I refer all of my immigration work to him. I have seen firsthand the dedication he puts in to helping his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Other
"Clay is a well known immigration attorney who works diligently and vigorously on each one of his case. Clay is honest, smart, hardworking. I strongly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clay has a great personality, is caring, and focused on the needs of his clients. He is highly competent and has substantial litigation experience. I highly recommend Clay Alger."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Alger is a fantastic attorney. I have worked with him for a few years and trust him to handle litigation matters for my clients. He has handled everything from multi-million dollar business and real estate disputes to comparatively small family disputes and each case has been handled with care and diligence."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Clay is a thoughtful, yet tenacious litigator. He is extremely knowledgeable, intelligent and a true asset on any case."
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