Clark P. Giles
Of Counsel

clark p. giles

Clark P. Giles has been affiliated with the Firm since 1965 and presently holds emeritus status at the Firm.  He has concluded his general law practice but remains affiliated with a limited number of charitable foundation clients.  If you have been a client of Mr. Giles or have been referred by or to him, please contact Charles H. Livsey at (801) 323-3361 or via email at  Alternatively, please contact the firm’s General Counsel, Paul C Burke, at (801) 323-3303 or via email at

During his long and distinguished career, Mr. Giles served at the highest levels of leadership at the Firm, including tenures as Managing Director and President of the Firm. His legal practice focused on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and charitable foundations. Mr. Giles had substantial experience in devising sophisticated estate planning for individuals to accomplish their personal desires and minimizing death taxes. Mr. Giles was often 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 has been active in a wide variety of community activities and serves on the boards, or advisory boards, of numerous charitable organizations.

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

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Harvard Law School, J.D., 1962

Harvard College, A.B., Economics, 1959

  • cum laude

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Past Chairman, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Utah State Bar
  • Fellow, The 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

Prior Professional Experience

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

Professional and Civic Activity

  • 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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