Partners

J. Craig Smith

Craig Smith has more than three decades of experience as an attorney, in which he has successfully handled a number of complex water disputes, land use dispute, takings claims, and other issues. Mr. Smith has represented public and private parties in takings claims arising from land use decisions, represented numerous water users in successful settlement of instream flow claims on the San Rafael River, and won appeals for municipalities and water entities before the Utah and New Mexico...

David B. Hartvigsen

David B. Hartvigsen, a founding member of the firm, has focused his career on water law, local governmental law, and water company governance. He has shaped Utah water law through prominent court cases and key legislation. He represents individual and corporate water right holders, irrigation and canal companies, water districts, and municipalities on all water matters and on related administrative matters such as corporate governance, master planning, impact fee enactments, eminent domain actions...

Clark R. Nielsen

Clark Nielsen is a distinguished attorney who has been practicing law since 1976. He has significant experience in appellate work, having spent a significant portion of his career handling appeals for firm clients and working as a Utah Appellate Court staff attorney. Mr. Nielsen also has extensive experience in family law matters and real estate sales transactions. Currently, Mr. Nielsen's practice primarily focuses in Appellate Law and Family and Domestic Law, in...

Kathryn J. Steffey

Since joining Smith Hartvigsen in 2005, Ms. Steffey has specialized in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, and Appellate Practice. Ms. Steffey also represents clients in matters involving real estate and water law disputes and has successfully represented clients in matters before the EEOC and UALD and in state and federal court. Prior to joining Smith Hartvigsen, Ms. Steffey clerked for Justice Parrish of the Utah Supreme Court (2004-2005). Ms. Steffey also clerked at the Tax and Revenue Division of...

Jeffry R. Gittins

Jeff Gittins, a partner at Smith|Hartvigsen PLLC, practices primarily in the areas of water law and land use. He assists governmental entities, corporations, and private individuals in all aspects of water law, including water rights transactions, water rights analysis, water rights litigation, and applications with the Utah Division of Water Rights. He also represents clients in matters involving zoning disputes, condemnation, easements, boundary disputes, and other land use issues. Prior to joining Smith|Hartvigsen, Mr. Gittins served as a clerk to the Honorable Justice Jill N. Parrish of the Utah Supreme Court...

Nathan Bracken

Nathan joined Smith Hartvigsen as of counsel in 2015. Previously, he served as the assistant director and general counsel for the Western States Water Council, where he represented state engineers and water quality administrators from Utah and seventeen other western states. He has experience in water rights, water quality, energy, public policy, and government relations.