Practice Areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Water rights
  • Real property
  • Business Law
  • Corporate and partnership governance



  • University of Utah College of Law - 1989
  • Weber State College - 1986


Bar Admissions

  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Utah State Bar
  • Salt Lake County Bar 


Professional Activities

  • Member, Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, 1997-2007
  • American Bar Association
  • 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.




David C. Wright



David began practicing law in October of 1989 and has since tried dozens of cases, including water rights, partnership and corporate disputes, construction, employment, commercial and contract issues, 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.

Prior to joining John Mabey, David was a partner at Kruse Landa & Maycock, where he litigated and tried securities and other commercial matters. Since joining John Mabey in 2001, David’s practice has emphasized water rights, real property, and commercial litigation.

David graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1989 where he was a staff member of the Journal of Contemporary Law and 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 chapter president 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, Alaska, and Denmark.

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. Bronx Bombers, and Utah Rounders. His teams won multiple local, regional, and national tournaments, including a National Senior League World Series Championship in 2013 in Phoenix.