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David W. Read, Esq.

David Read practices family law and estate planning throughout Utah. Prior to establishing his own firm, his practice was at the regional law firm of Strong & Hanni and later at the national divorce law firm of Cordell & Cordell.  David is also a professor of business law in the School of Business at Weber State University.

Utah Business Magazine’s list of “Utah Legal Elite” and Super Lawyers have recognized David for his expertise.  He provides clients with seasoned legal counsel as he focuses on the most efficient and effective litigation strategies.  He works closely and effectively with qualified professionals and expert witnesses, including business evaluators, forensic accountants, clinical psychologists, custody evaluators, social workers, guardian ad litem, and real estate appraisers.

David served as a founding editor-in-chief of the Utah Journal of Family Law. He also served as the Managing Editor of the nationally esteemed academic Journal of Legal Studies Education, a publication of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Honors & Education

  • University of Houston, J.D. 2009
  • London School of Economics, MSc. 2005
  • University of Utah, 2004, BA


  • Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers, Harvard Law School (2021)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial Skills (2012)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, ABA Family Law Trial Program (2019)

History & Experience

  • Read Law, LLC
  • Cordell & Cordell
  • Strong & Hanni
  • Judicial Clerkship, The Honorable Judge Thomas L. Kay, Utah’s Second District Court


  • Business Law Practitioner of the Year (2016) – Utah Bar Association
  • Mountain States, Rising Star  (2020)
  • Academy of Legal Studies Best Paper Award, 2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (multiple years)
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite (multiple years)

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Professional Associations & Activities

  • Family Law Section, Utah Bar Association
  • Business Law Section, Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Utah Bar Association, member
  • Chair, Business Law Section – 2023 – 2024
  • Editorial Board, 2016 Utah Business Law for Entrepreneurs and Managers
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers