Craig R. Mariger Jones Waldo Shareholder

Craig R. Mariger


Craig focuses on construction law, construction litigation, commercial litigation, lawyer responsibility, and ethics. Craig also serves as an arbitrator and mediator of construction disputes. Craig is the Chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group, he also serves as the firm’s claims counsel.


Craig R. Mariger leads Jones Waldo’s Construction Law Practice Group. His practice is focused on representing participants in the construction industry with respect to construction planning, contracting, claim resolution, and litigation. Craig has been an active advocate of alternative dispute resolution. He is often requested to arbitrate or mediate construction disputes due to his experience and knowledge of the design and construction industry and construction claims. He has participated in over two hundred mediations as an advocate or mediator. He has held an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, the highest rating given, since 1990. Craig was awarded the Professionalism Award by the Utah State Bar in 2009 for his professionalism and civility in the practice of law. In 2018, Craig received the Tim D. Dunn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Salt Lake City Construction Defect and Design Conference. Craig has been listed each year since 2011 in The Best Lawyers in America Legal Directory for Construction Law. He has also been named one of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine each year since 2006 and as a Super Lawyer in Construction Law by Mountain States Super Lawyer Magazine each year since 2007. Craig was named Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law by Best Lawyers in 2013 and 2015, and Lawyer of the Year, Litigation Construction. Craig was born in Provo, Utah on January 7, 1952. His family moved to Seattle, Washington, where he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1974. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Scholastic Honorary Fraternity, and in 1974 was awarded the President’s Medal by the University of Washington for the best scholastic record of his graduating class. He received a Juris Doctorate with distinction from Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina in 1977. He was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1977 and is currently admitted to practice before the Utah Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Utah, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Education & Admissions


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 Metal in 1974 by the University of Washington for the best scholastic record of his graduating class.

Bar Admittance

Utah, 1977

Professional Affiliations

  • 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.


  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law, 2013, 2015
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Construction, 2014
  • Best Lawyers, Construction Law, 2011-2018
  • Professionalism Award, Utah State Bar, 2009
  • Tim D. Dunn Lifetime Achievement Award, Construction Defect, and Design Conference, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2007-2020
  • Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, 2006-2020
  • President’s Medal, University of Washington, 1974