Debra G. Griffiths Handley


Debra “Deb” Griffiths Handley joined Dart Adamson & Donovan in 2005. She is a thoughtful and detail-oriented advocate who uses pragmatism and sensitivity when advising her clients. Deb has spent the last 15+ years cultivating much of her practice on Community Association Law and strategizing with non-profit associations. She also has a wealth of knowledge with complex real property transactions, title disputes, debt collection, business formation, estate planning, probate, and will and trust administration.

Deb also has considerable commercial and civil litigation experience with an emphasis in medical malpractice. She has represented clients in the courts, at mediation, private arbitration and agency proceedings. Debra is committed to establishing strong, long-lasting relationships with clients in order to provide wise counsel on both big picture issues and day-to-day operations.


  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of Utah, B.A., English; B.A. Sociology, 1992
  • Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Intensive French Program, 1990

Bar Admissions:

  • Utah, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 1999

Professional and Civic Associations:

  • Weber State University
    • Adjunct Professor of Business Law (2019-Present)
  • American Bar Association
    • District Representative, Utah and Nevada, Young Lawyers Division, 2004-2006
  • Utah State Bar Association
    • President, Young Lawyers Division, 2005-2006
    • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, “And Justice for All” Committee, 2003-2004
    • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Activities Committee, 2001-2002
    • Treasurer, Young Lawyers Division, 2002-2004
    • Section Member, Litigation, Collections, Nonprofit/Charitable Law, Real Property, Probate/Estate, Young Lawyers
  • Leadership Committee, “And Justice For All”, 2004-2012
  • Moot Court Competition Judge, Utah Law-Related Education, 2001-2010
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Salt Lake City Justice Courts, 2004-2008
  • National Collegiate Programming Specialist, Region 7, Delta Gamma Fraternity, 2003-2005
  • Director, Secretary, Women in Film Utah, 2004
  • District Four Representative, Murry City Economic Development Advisory Board, 2001-2002
  • Law Clerk, Super Bowl® XXXII Host Committee, 1997-1998


  • “Utah Legal Elite” Up and Coming, Utah Business Magazine, 2009
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008
  • “Utah’s Top 100 Legal Elite”, Business Litigation, Utah Business Magazine, 2007
  • Outstanding Greek Advisor, University of Utah, 2000-2001
  • Wiley M. Manual Pro Bono Services Award, State Bar of California, 1997