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, contract bidding and administration, rules adoption and revision. He has also written articles and lectured on many of these topics.

Practice Areas

  • Water Law
  • Local Government Law
  • Water Company Governance

Admitted to Practice in the following Courts: 

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • Colorado Supreme Court and other State Courts
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Utah Supreme Court and other State Courts


  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah, 1987
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Utah, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Brigham Young University, 1983

Contact David B. Hartvigsen

Smith | Hartvigsen, PLLC
175 South Main Street
Suite 300
Salt Lake City, Utah  84111
Phone: 801.413.1600
Fax: 801.413.1620


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Utah

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