David C. Wright 

David began practicing in October of 1989 and has since tried dozens of cases, including partnership and corporate disputes, construction, employment, commercial and contract issues, and cases concerning water rights, Uniform Commercial Code, real estate, civil rights, and personal injury defense, condemnation and securities in both state and federal court. David has also tried two cases in the United States Tax Court. David’s appellate practice includes argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and several appearances before the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals. His litigation experience also includes Clean Water Act/CERCLA and contamination (under ground storage tank) matters.

Since joining John Mabey in 2001, David’s practice has emphasized water rights, real property and commercial litigation.

David began his career under the training of John T. Anderson, Rocky Anderson, Tom Karrenberg and Glen Watkins. He was later an associate and then a partner with Kruse, Landa & Maycock, where he worked primarily with Ellen Maycock.

David graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1989 where he was a staff member of the Utah Law Review. David also wrote case summaries for the Western Energy Bulletin. He clerked for the Honorable Scott Daniels, then a trial judge on Utah’s Third District Court.

David obtained a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Weber State College in 1986, where he was the president of that school’s chapter of Lambda Iota Tau, the National Literature Honor Society.

Before college, David was an F-16 flight control technician on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1983, stationed in Utah and the Republic of Korea. Temporary duty assignments took him to Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Denmark.

Professional Actvities

  • Member, Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, 1997-2007
  • Admitted to the United States Tax Court
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Utah State Bar
  • Salt Lake County Bar
  • American Inns of Court I (1995 to 2000)

Author, “America in Vietnam: A Model for the Exercise of the War Powers,” 15 J. Contemp. Law 253 (1989).

Author, “Presidents have all the power they need to make war,” op/ed, Salt Lake Tribune, October 3, 2004.

In 2017, David retired from the National Adult/Men’s Senior Baseball League after 23 seasons.  David played first base, outfield, and pitched, and was a switch-hitter, for the Utah Pirates and the Utah Rounders.  His teams won multiple local, regional, and national tournaments, including a National Senior League World Series Championship in 2013 in Phoenix.