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Francis J. Carney, Mediator, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Francis J. Carney

1070 East 600 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102
Tel: (801) 419-6380
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Recognized to Utah Chapter for Mediation
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  • Practice Commenced: 2000
  • Total Mediations (as of Oct 2020): 1500
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Oct 2020): 75
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Francis J. Carney had a long career in civil litigation but now limits his practice to mediation. Frank served as a defense lawyer in the medical malpractice, products liability, and personal injury arenas for many years, and then for ten years acted as plaintiffs’ counsel in those areas. He also represented financial institutions, dealt with hospital credentialing issues, and at one point or another has handled nearly every kind of civil litigation.

Frank has been actively involved in the revision and drafting of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure and the Utah Model Jury instructions, as well as frequently lecturing on trial practice and civil procedure. 

He has tried or arbitrated cases involving everything from brain-damaged babies to legal malpractice, and this gives him a unique perspective for the evaluation of your case.

Frequent subject areas for his mediation practice are:

  • Wrongful death
  • Medical malpractice
  • Perinatal fetal injuries
  • Legal malpractice
  • Medical device and other product liability matters
  • Insurance bad faith and coverage claims
  • Real estate matters
  • Contract disputes

Frank is a hands-on evaluative mediator who will understand your case, knows the Utah judicial system, has a deep knowledge of Utah law and procedure, and knows (and is known by) most litigators and judges in the state. He gets cases settled by direct and substantive analysis and discussion with counsel and their clients of the strengths and weaknesses of the claims and defenses.

Case Experience

  • Aviation
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts A.B., 1974
  • George Washington University School of Law Washington, D.C. J.D., 1978

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2000- 2016)
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (1995-2010)
  • "AV- Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1980's
  • Special Counsel (appointed by Utah Supreme Court) to Office of Professional Conduct (September 2013- present)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers National Jury Committee (2012- present)
  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure (2002- 2014)
  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions (2003- 2014)
  • Senior Advisory Committee to the Office of Professional Conduct, Utah State Bar (October 2010- present)
  • Utah State Bar Character and Fitness Committee (Co-chair, 1999- 2012; member 2012- 2016)
  • Utah State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers (2005- 2009)
  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism (2000- 2006)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers National Committee on Technology in the Courtroom (2004- 2007)
  • Utah State Bar Admissions Committee (2000- 2012; 2014-2016 )
  • Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Utah State Bar (1984- 2003)
  • Chair, Litigation Section, Utah State Bar (1986-1987)
  • "Master of the Bench," David K. Watkiss Sutherland II Inn of Court (2000-2004)
  • Director of the "Trial Academy" of the Litigation Section, Utah State Bar (A biennial instructional course on civil practice to acquaint the aspiring litigator with the basics of jury selection, trial evidence, opening statements, witness examination, closing arguments, etc.) (1996- 2002)
  • Member, Screening Panel of Ethics and Discipline Committee, Utah State Bar (1987- 1994)
  • Standing Committee on Model Utah Jury Instructions (1987- 2002) (Co-editor, medical malpractice instructions)
  • Special Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for the Office of Professional Conduct, Utah State Bar (1995- 2000)
  • Supervising Attorney for lawyers under practice restrictions, Office of Professional Conduct, Utah State Bar (1998-2005)
  • Chairman, Nominating Commission for Administrative Law Judge, Salt Lake City (2000)
  • Chairman, Mayor's Advisory Committee on Ethics, Salt Lake City (2000- 2006)
  • Editor, Voir Dire Magazine (Publication of the Litigation Section, Utah State Bar) (1994- 1999)
  • Member and former Chair, Professionalism Committee of the Utah State Bar (1994 - 1996)
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1993 session, "Opening Statements," and 1995 session, "Expert Witnesses.")

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