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Clay A. Alger is a practicing Utah lawyer in Shumway Van & Hansen’s litigation department. 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 & Hansen’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, “Legal issues are bound to arise for any business venture, whether you run a large corporation or a small business. Unfortunately, litigation is a necessary aspect of owning a business in the 21st century. I am committed to helping clients navigate the legal system efficiently and effectively. 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 settling a case early and amicably, or pursuing litigation aggressively through trial.”

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 and Hansen Mr. Alger has obtained immense experience in public employment law and has represented several clients on appeal to the Utah Court of Appeals as well as the Utah Supreme Court. In addition, his ability to speak and write fluently in Portuguese has expanded Shumway Van and Hansen’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 Hansen, 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 toddler.


Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 45%
  2. Litigation: 45%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%



Hourly ($215/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Rylee T. McDermott

    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.


    Rylee McDermott Estate planning Attorney
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  • Shawn D. Meade

    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.


    Shawn Meade Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Shumway Van & Hansen

8 E Broadway Ste 550
Clay A. Alger
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-2229


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Junior PartnerShumway Van & Hansen2015 - Present
Senior Associate AtorneyShumway Van & Hansen2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Maxwell, 2011 UT 81, 275 P.3d 220Trial court decision reversed.
Martin v. Rasmussen, 2014 UT App 200Trial court victory upheld.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Utah Law ReviewUse Interrupted: The Complicated Evolution of Utah's Highway Dedication Doctrine2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawN/AN/A2009