Patrick Tanner graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English (magna cum laude, with University Honors) in 1992. In 1995, after serving as an Executive Editor of the BYU Law Review, he graduated first in his class at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. During law school, Mr. Tanner worked as a law clerk in the Appeals Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Following graduation, he served as law clerk to Commissioner Michael Goldsmith of the United State Sentencing Commission, and then to Justice I. Daniel Stewart of the Utah Supreme Court.
The majority of Mr. Tanner’s practice has consisted in representing clients in defending various types of civil litigation, primarily tort matters, including medical malpractice, product liability, insurance defense, and premises liability. He has been actively involved in representing school districts in litigation and non-litigation matters, including eminent domain actions, zoning and property disputes, personnel discipline and dismissal, student discipline and free speech, real property transactions, and in drafting and revising school district policies. Mr. Tanner has also been involved in defending suits arising from complex property development zoning disputes. He is admitted in Utah and in Wyoming.
Mr. Tanner has also been certified by the Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing to act as a panel chair for prelitigation panel hearings under the Utah Healthcare Malpractice Act. Mr. Tanner actively participates in the Utah chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Admitted to bar, 1995, Utah.
Education: Brigham Young University
(B.A., magna cum laude, 1992; J.D. summa cum laude, 1995).
Order of the Coif. Member, 1993-1994 and Executive Editor, 1994-1995,
Brigham Young University Law Review.
Law Clerk: Commissioner Michael Goldsmith, U.S. Sentencing Commission,
1995-1996; Honorable I. Daniel Stewart, Utah Supreme Court, 1996-1997.
Member: Utah State Bar; Wyoming State Bar.
Practice Areas: Appellate Practice; Civil Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Education Law; Business Law.