Attorney Profile

Mr. Giles joined the Firm in 1965 and for many years was extensively involved with its management, and is a former President of Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C. His legal practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and charitable foundations. Mr. Giles has substantial experience in devising sophisticated estate planning for individuals to accomplish their personal desires and minimizing death taxes. Mr. Giles has been frequently involved in the determination of death taxes and the administration of complex estates and trusts. Mr. Giles is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and former Chairman of the Estate Planning Section, Utah State Bar. He is involved in a wide variety of community activities and serves on the boards, or advisory boards, of numerous charitable organizations.

Mr. Giles has been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America for each of the past 20 years in Trusts and Estates and maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics. He has also been selected for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers (2007-2014) in the category of Estate Planning & Probate.

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1962

Harvard College, A.B., Economics, 1959

  • cum laude

Prior Professional Experience

  • Associate, Fabian & Clendenin, 1962-65
  • Law Clerk to Honorable F. Henri Henriod, Justice Utah Supreme Court, 1962

Admitted to Practice

  • Utah State Bar
  • United States District, District of Utah
  • United States Tax Court
  • Utah Supreme Court

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Past Chairman, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Utah State Bar
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Utah Chairman, 1978-83
  • Past Chairman, Estate Planning Council of Salt Lake
  • Member, Tax Section, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Tax Section and Estate Planning Section, Utah State Bar
  • Member, American Judicature Society

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Honorary Alumnus, 1990, and Distinguished Service Award, 1999, Utah State University
  • Member, Associates Board, Utah Museum of Natural History, President, 1993-1994
  • Trustee and Member of Advisory Committee, S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation, 1983 to present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law, 1983
  • Member and Chair, Advisory Committee, Emma Eccles Jones Foundation
  • Emeritus Member, National Advisory Committee, University of Utah
  • Member and past President, KUED Advisory Board
  • Director and Chair of Board, Earth Science Education
  • Member, Executive Committee, Emma Eccles Jones Endowment Fund for the David Eccles School of Business
  • Honorary Alumnus, University of Utah, 2001
  • Trustee, The Nature Conservancy – Utah State Chapter
  • Director, Junior Achievement of Utah, Inc.
  • Former Member, College of Fine Arts Advisory Board, University of Utah, President 2002-2003
  • Member, National Advisory Board, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
  • Member, Health Sciences Council, University of Utah
  • Director, Ruth Eleanor Bamberger and John Ernest Bamberger Memorial Foundation
  • Member, Utah Museum of Fine Arts Board of Directors
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Westminster College
  • Member, Development Board, Utah Humanities Council
  • Member, Development Advisory Board, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
  • Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree, Utah State University, 2008
  • Trustee, Utah State Universtiy Foundation
  • Philanthropic Leadership Award, 2007

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