International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Salt Lake City Attorney
Donald J. Winder, Esq.

Phone: 801.359.9000


Languages: English


  • Arizona State University , J.D. (1972)
  • University of Washington, B.A., Chemistry (1969)


  • Oregon (1972)
  • Utah (1976)
  • U.S. District Court (1976)
  • District of Utah (1976)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1976)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1978)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1985)

Areas of Practice:

Trial Practice, Business Litigation, Mass Torts, Class Actions, Personal Injury, Employment Law, Real Estate, Construction Law, Condemnation, Real Estate Title Insurance Defense and Insurance

News & Announcements:


  • Best Lawyers in America (2003-present) (
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors (2005-present), Presidential Appointee (2002), Foundation Trustee (2010-2012) and Foundation Treasurer (2012),  Senior Life Fellow (2010), Co-Chair of the Professionalism, Ethics and Civility Committee (2009-present), Editor of Civility Matters, and Chapter President (1998-99) (
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified Civil Trial Diplomate (2004-present), (
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Board of Directors (2000-08 & 2011), Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Outstanding Service Award (2010), Member of the Leadership Council (2010-12), and Chair of the Plaintiff and Consumer Practice Group (2008-10), (
  • Litigation Counsel of America (2009-present), Order of Justitia, and the Trial Law Institute (
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated for more than 20 years, (
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers (Business Litigation) (2007-present), Top Seventy Mountain States Super Lawyers (2007-08), Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers (2012-13), and Blue Ribbon Panelist (2007-11) (
  • American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel, Top Lawyers, Commercial Litigation
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers (Senior Counsel)
  • Master of the Bench, Sutherland II Inns of Court
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, (2009-present) (
  • Utah Legal Elite (Business Litigation) (selected 2005, 2007-2009, 2011-12 by Utah Business Magazine)
  • General Counsel, Park City (Utah) Board of Realtors (2005-present)
  • Guest Lecturer in Pretrial Procedure, University of Utah School of Law
  • Participant, Renaissance Weekend
  • National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals (2003-06) (
  • Contemporary Who’s Who (2004)
  • Interviewed on Fox National News (live on several occasions), CNN and CNN International, Global TV, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and numerous times on and by Salt Lake City’s local television and radio stations and local, national and international newspapers
  • VISTA Attorney, Legal Services, Portland, Oregon (1972-73)
  • Arizona State University Law Journal (1970-72)


  • Utah State Bar, Distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Award (2012)
  • Utah State Bar, Professionalism Award (2008)
  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism (2002-2012); Chair, Civility Code Subcommittee
  • Unfair Criticism of Judges Committee (2002-03)
  • Executive Committee, Senior Lawyers Section (2010-11)
  • Education for Justice Project (2002-03)
  • Courts and Judges Committee and Chair, Local Rules Subcommittee (1992-95)
  • American Bar Association: Vice-Chair, Automobile Law Committee and Co-Editor, Auto Law Annual Survey (2001-02), and Task Force on Plaintiff Involvement (2000-02)
  • Defense Research Institute: State Liaison, Insurance and Trucking Law Committees (2000-01); Design Professional Subcommittee, (1998)
  • American Association for Justice: HRT and Vioxx Litigation Groups
  • Utah Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Utah Defense Lawyers Association (2003-04)
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (
  • Rotary International (2001-present), Paul Harris Fellow
  • University of Washington, Henry Suzzallo Society

Select Reported Cases:

  • Utah Dep’t of Transp. v. Admiral Beverage Corp., 275 P.3d 208 (Utah 2012)
  • Utah Dep’t of Transp. v. Ivers, 218 P.3d 583 (Utah 2009)
  • Ivers v. Utah Dep’t of Transp., 154 P.3d 802 (Utah 2007)
  • Toomer v. City Cab, 443 F.3d 1191 (10th Cir. 2006)
  • Morris v. Khadr, 415 F.Supp.2d 1323 (D. Utah 2006)
  • Delta Western Group, LLC v. Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses, 2000 WL33710852 (D. Utah), aff’d 24 Fed.Appx. 957 (10th Cir. 2001)
  • Delta Western Group, LLC v. Ruth E. Fertel, Incl, 164 Fed. Appx. 650 (10th Cir. 2005)
  • Omasta v. Choices Benefit Plan, 352 F.Supp.2d 1201 (D. Utah 2004)
  • Sinajini v. Board of Educ., 233 F.3d 1236 (10th Cir. 2001), cert. denied, 121 S. Ct. 2521 (2001)
  • Robinson v. Tripco Inv., 21 P.3d 219 (Utah Ct. App. 2000)
  • Richard Barton Enter., Inc. v. Tsern, 928 P.2d 368 (Utah 1996)
  • K & T, Inc. v. Koroulis, 888 P.2d 623 (Utah 1994)
  • Saunders v. Sharp, 793 P.2d 927 (Utah Ct. App. 1990), remanded 806 P.2d 198 (Utah 1991)
  • Canadian Indem. Co. v. K & T, Inc., 745 F. Supp 661 (D. Utah 1990), aff’d 953 F.2d 1391 (10th Cir. 1992)
  • Ranch Homes, Inc. v. Greater Park City Corp., 592 P.2d 620 (Utah 1979)

Select Presentations:

Donald J. Winder has lectured frequently on trial techniques, civility and employment law, including:  Utah State Bar I.P. Summit (2013); University of Utah School of Law, Guest Lecturer in Pretrial Procedure (Fall 2012); Utah State Bar Fall Forum (2012); American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Program Co-Chair, Masters in Trial 2012 (ABOTA); Program Co-Chair, ABOTA The Ultimate Utah Trial Notebook (2011); ABOTA National Jury Summit, Program Chair, “Improving Access to Jury Trials” (2011); Litigation Counsel of America, Distinguished Speaker (2009 Fall Conference), “Structured Settlements and Special Needs Trusts – Perfect Together?”; Program Co-Chair, The Utah Jury Summit (2008); ABOTA Co-Chair, Masters in Trial (2005); Presenter, ABOTA Masters in Trial, Cross Examination of Plaintiff’s Accident Reconstruction Expert (2001); and ABOTA, Program Chair, The Ultimate Utah Trial Notebook (1998)

Select Publications:

Editor, Civility Matters, ABOTA (2011); Co-Author,  “Enforcing Civility in an Uncivilized World,” Utah State Bar Journal (May/June 2009); Author, “In Defense of Jury Trials,” The Intermountain Commercial Record (February 9, 2007); Author, “Utah Is Not the Place for Runaway Med-Mal Juries,” The Intermountain Commercial Record (February 8, 2007); Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Automobile Law,” 37:2 Tort & Insurance Law Jr. 295-322 (Winter 2001); Author, “Utah Joins Ranks Denying Recovery for Economic Loss in Tort,” The Critical Path, The Newsletter of the Construction Law Committee, Defense Research Institute (Winter 1999)


  • Salt Lake City, Zoning Review Committee (1991-1992)
  • State of Utah, Department of Natural Resources, Riverway Enhancement Advisory Council (1991-2001)

Select Transactions:

Acquisition of NBA basketball franchise (the Utah Jazz); joint venture to construct 20,000 seat amphitheater (USANA Amphitheater); purchases and sales of numerous commercial properties and businesses, including automobile dealerships, auto rental franchises and technology companies 

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Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood

170 S. Main Street
Suite 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
United States

Law Firm Contact: Donald J. Winder

Tel: 801.359.9000

Fax: 801.359.9011



Member Since: 1999

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