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Craig R. Mariger

Phone: 801-521-3200



Board of Directors, Past Member

Executive Committee, Past Member

Compensation Committee, Past Member

Ethics and Conflicts Committee (Past Chair)

Loss Prevention and Claims Counsel


Leader, Construction Law Practice Group


Represents participants in the construction industry with respect to construction planning, contracting, claim resolution and litigation.

Represents clients in alternative dispute resolution.

Serves as an arbitrator and mediator of construction disputes due to his experience and knowledge of the design and construction industry and construction claims.

Has participated in over a hundred and fifty mediations as an advocate or mediator.


Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, J.D., with distinction, 1977

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, B.A., summa cum laude, Economics, 1974

  • Awarded the President’s Medal by the University of Washington for the best scholastic record of his graduating class.


Institute for Conflict Management: California Mediator Certification, 2006

Utah State Bar, ADR Academy 2006

American Bar Association, Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training, 2003


American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and Litigation Section

Utah State Bar, Litigation and Construction Sections

Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, 1992-2007 (served as Chair of the Committee from July, 2004 to June, 2007).

Phi Beta Kappa

Salt Lake City Planning Commission, Commissioner, 1997-2001.

Utah A.I.A. Legislation Task Force (responsible for redrafting Utah’s construction statute of repose), past member.

Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Civil Jury Instructions (responsible for preparing jury instruction forms for claims of architectural, engineering and surveyor negligence), Chair of the Subcommittee.


Born, Provo, Utah, 1952


Craig has represented owners, contractors and design professionals in many notable construction claims, including:

The Olympic Speed Skating Oval, West Valley City, Utah (structural collapse)

The Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, Maryland (structural collapse)

The Snowbird Pavilion I, Salt Lake County, Utah (structural collapse)

Fingerhut Distribution Center, Spanish Fork, Utah (structural collapse)

Albertson’s Market, Santa Rosa, California (landsliding)

The Cedar Hills Landslide (landsliding)

Osco Drug Store, Des Moines, Iowa (expansion of chemically altered soils)

University of Utah Olympic Village Housing Project (contractor default/surety claims)

Boise State University, Stueckle Sky Center Addition to Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho (alleged design defects)

Two Shields Butte Well Sites 16-8-7H and 16-8-16H, Dunn County, North Dakota (alleged survey errors and contamination of site by hazardout materials)

Cove Fort Geothermal Well Blowout, Cove Fort, Utah (alleged design and construction defects)

Acme Distribution Center, Denver, Pennsylvania (concrete floor slab and retaining wall failures)

St. George Subaru-Mitsubishi, St. George, Utah (retaining wall failures)

Judge Memorial High School, Salt Lake City, Utah (retaining wall failure)

Big Horn Condominiums, Pahrump, Nevada (foundation failures/hydro-collapsible soils)

Bellasera Subdivision, St. George, Utah (foundation failures, expansive and hydro-collapsible soils)

Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah (delay claims, design claims and construction defect claims)

Hotel Utah Remodel, Salt Lake City, Utah (temporary shoring failure)

St. Regis Hotel, Deer Valley, Utah (delay and design defect claims)

Montage Resort, Deer Valley, Utah (delay and design claims)

Sterling Village Apartments, Sandy, Utah (alleged design and construction deficiencies)

Ogden City Mall Parking Structure, Ogden, Utah (alleged design and construction deficiencies)

BYU Cougar Stadium, Provo, Utah (personal injury)

Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (delay claims)

Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls, Idaho (alleged design and construction defects)

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (alleged defective design of adjacent structure)

Smith-Morehouse Dam, Summit County, Utah (changed condition claim)

DMAD Dam Rehabilitation, Delta, Utah (alleged defective specifications)

Blanding Reservoir No. 4 Remediation Project, Blanding, Utah (cost overruns, alleged engineering errors and changed conditions)

Salt Lake International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah (failure of external wall panels and concrete runway failures)

Block 57 Parking Structure, Salt Lake City, Utah (cost allocations and overruns)

Salt Lake Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (delay and inefficiency claims)

Lake Point Salt Plant, Tooele County, Utah (alleged industrial design defect and personal injury)


Co-Author: "The Legal Status of Homemakers in North Carolina," United States Government Printing Office, 1977

Author:  “Design Professionals Subject to Legal Liability for the Life of Their Structures”, A/E Alerts, January, 1990


Seminar Presentation:  March, 1984, American Stores Company, Construction Department, Construction Liability:  The Owner’s Prospective

Seminar Presentation:  May, 1987, Construction Specifications Institute Meeting, An Overview of Contract Documents

Seminar Presentation:  January, 1988, Utah Association of Military Engineers, Engineering Liability

Seminar Presentation:  July, 1990, Utah State Bar Annual Meeting, A Case for the Use of Joint Expert Meeting/Mediation in the Resolution of Construction Disputes

Seminar Presentation:  October, 1991, American Insurance and Investment Corp., A/E Loss Prevention Seminar, Architect/Engineer Liability for Jobsite Safety

Seminar Presentation:  March, 1992, American Insurance and Investment Corp., A/E Loss Prevention Seminar, Limitation of Liability

Seminar Presentation:  May, 1992, DPIC Companies Seminar, Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques and Professional Liability Risks in the Americans With Disabilities Act

Seminar Presentation:  February, 1995, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough Breakfast Briefing, Advantages and Disadvantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Seminar Presentation:  January, 1996, Lorman Education Services, Architect/Engineer Malpractice

Seminar Presentation:  March, 1996, Utah State Bar Construction Law Section, Drafting Indemnity Agreements in Utah

Seminar Presentation:  May, 1996, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Construction Risks:  An Owner’s Perspective

Seminar Presentation:  March, 1997, Utah State Bar Midyear Meeting, AIA Contracts:  An Owner’s Perspective

Seminar Presentation:  April, 1997, Salt Lake City Corporation and Utah Transit Authority Trax Project Seminar, Claims Avoidance

Seminar Presentation:  May, 1997, Jacobsen Construction Company, Construction Claims

Seminar Presentation:  June, 1997, Utah Risk Management Mutual Association, Risk Transference in Government Contracts and Agreements

Seminar Presentation:  July, 1997, Lorman Education Services, Risks and Responsibilities of Design Professionals Under Utah Law

Seminar Presentation:  December, 1997, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough Breakfast Briefing, Ethics Issues of Interest to In-House Counsel

Seminar Presentation:  December 1999, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough Breakfast Briefing, Ethics Issues of Interest to In-House Counsel

Seminar Presentation:  February, 2000, Illuminating Engineers Society, Liability of Design Professionals

Seminar Presentation:  May, 2000, Utah State Bar Corporate Counsel Section, Ethical Issues for Corporate Counsel

Seminar Presentation: June, 2000, Lorman Education Services, New AIA A-201 General Conditions in Utah

Seminar Presentation:  January, 2002, DPIC Companies Seminar, Professional Services Contracting:  Contract Clauses to Avoid

Seminar Presentation:  March, 2005, Lorman Education Services, AIA Contracts:  The Owner’s Perspective

Seminar Presentation:  March, 2006, Lorman Education Services, AIA Contracts:  The Owner’s Perspective

Seminar Presentation:  March, 2007, Lorman Education Services, Analysis and Discussion of Owner/Contractor Agreements

Seminar Presentation:  April, 2007, Sunrise Engineering, Inc. Managers Training, Craig’s List:  The Ten Best Ways to Get Yourself Sued For Engineering Malpractice

Seminar Presentation:  May, 2007, Utah Municipal Attorneys Association Spring Conference, AIA Contracts

Seminar Presentation:  April, 2008, Lorman Educational Services, The New 2007 AIA Documents: What Has Changed

Seminar Presentation: April, 2009, Lorman Educational Services, Understanding the New Generation of AIA Standard Contract Forms

Seminar Presentation: July, 2009, Utah State Bar Annual Meeting, The 2007 AIA Contract Forms, What Has Changed

Seminar Presentation: June, 2009, XL Design Professional, Managing Construction Phase Risks

Seminar Presentation:  August 2011, Lorman Educational Services, AIA Contracts

Panelist:  October 2011, Utah State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Practical Advice for Making Better Settlement Decisions

Seminar Presentation: March 2012, American Insurance and Investment Corp. Webinar, Lessons From Litigation: Five Ways to Get Yourself Sued

Seminar Presentation: March 2013, Sunrise Engineering, Inc. Manager’s Training, Legal Awareness

Seminar Presentation: June 2014, Book Cliffs Chapter, Utah Council of Land Surveyors, Practice Basics

Seminar Presentation: October 2014, Color Country Chapter, Utah Council of Land Surveyors, Practice Basics

Industry Awards


Mariger Best

Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law, 2013 & 2015

Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Construction, 2014

Best Lawyers, Construction Law, 2011-2015

Professionalism Award, Utah State Bar, 2009

Super Lawyers, 2007-2013

Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, 2006-2015

Bar Admittance

1977, Utah

Utah Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Utah

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit