Of Counsel   •   E. Jay Peck

E. Jay Peck, Of Counsel


Jay Peck is one of the preeminent litigators in Utah, with more than four decades of experience in assisting clients with a wide variety of litigation matters. Mr. Peck is recently returned from a sabbatical during which he served as Associate European Area Legal Counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before joining Smith Hartvigsen in 2005, Mr. Peck was a shareholder with the law firm of Nielsen & Senior, PC and a partner with Nielsen, Henriod, Gottfredson and Peck. He received his bachelor of science (economics) and juris doctor degrees from the University of Utah in 1968 and 1971, respectively, with the honors of Order of the Coif, Society of Bar and Gavel, and Traynor Legal Writing Award (co-recipient). His experience ranges from management and trial of complex litigation matters to litigation avoidance strategies.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Malpractice Litigation
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Product Liability Litigation

Professional Memberships

  • 1971 - Utah and United States District Court, Utah, District of Utah panels for mediation and arbitration
  • 1971 - United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • 1979 - United States Supreme Court
  • Member American Inns of Court
  • Emeritus, Sutherland Inn of Court II
  • Active Rex E. Lee Inn of Court

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2008 - Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Civil Trial
  • 1971 - Utah College of Law Traynor Legal Writing Award; Society of Bar and Gavel; Order of the Coif.
  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell


  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah, 1971
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, University of Utah, 1968