Russell Y. Minas, Esq.

Firm Overview

I've been practicing family law in Utah since 1989, I've seen just about everything and can assist you with most domestic and family matters. I feel respected among my peers and have worked hard to maintain the highest level of expertise and legal acumen. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, am Martindale-Hubbell A/V peer rated, and in 2013 was selected as Utah State Bar Family Law Attorney of the Year.

I am both a seasoned litigator and fully trained collaborative family lawyer. While I've handled hundreds and hundreds of cases in the courts, my philosophy has evolved to a firm belief that the courtroom should be used as a place of last resort. I litigate when necessary but am a proponent of and believer in building community and achieving peaceful outcomes through alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative family law.

I do my best to give back, and serve on the Executive Committee of the Utah State Bar's Family Law Section. I also serve on the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, as well as and various other committees and task forces on matters ranging from child support, alimony and custody evaluation guidelines, to drafting family law rules and legislation and making the judicial system more accessible to those of limited means. I also have and continue to serve on the boards of various non-profit charities.

My approach is one of problem-solving and creating sensible parenting plans. I try to keep it civil and in perspective, and to build community in the context of parental and spousal separation. I try to be a voice of reason in sometimes highly-charged atmospheres. Overall my clients seem to appreciate my no-nonsense approach that keeps the welfare of children front and center. I make a true effort to treat all I encounter with dignity and respect. At the same time I must function as a reality check for clients, to help set realistic expectations. I try to be direct, to the point, to provide good value, to make the best use of client resources, and to be accessible.

Example cases
I serve in the capacity of litigator, mediator and collaborative practitioner in all types of family law matters including:

Divorce
Child Custody
Child Support
Parent-Time
Post-Decree Modification
Paternity
Child Abuse
Protective Orders
Stalking Injunctions
Adoption
Guardianship
Termination of Parental Rights
Main Office
Lowe Hutchinson Cottingham & Minas
2150 South 1300 East, Suite 120
Salt Lake City  UT  84106
Phone
  • (801) 486-1112
Fax
  • (801) 486-1198
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
No.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed fees for initial consultations and truly uncontested matters.
Hourly Rates
$300.00

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Jeanette Crotchett
Emergency After Hours
No
Languages Spoken
English
Divorce
I handle all aspects of divorce including child-related issues, financial issues, real and personal property issues, business interests, taxation issues, retirement benefits, prenuptial agreements, enforcement issues and post-decree modification.
I've been handling divorce maters from start to finish since 1989. To me obtaining a satisfactory outcome means not only a fair resolution, but also well-crafted documents for guidance in the future, tying up loose ends and creating the best working co-parenting relationship possible. Family practice unique in that litigants were once intimate and loved each other, and who may still have feelings for each other, both positive and negative. Unlike other areas of the law, in many cases the parties will continue to have a relationship with each another long after the case is complete. I am sensitive to these dynamics.
Divorce
I handle all aspects of domestic relations practice, including motion practice, mediation, appeals, probate, adoption, juvenile and criminal court-related aspects involving families.
If I have a mission statement it is to act as a problem-solver in the least damaging way possible. I'm a seasoned veteran of in-court family law litigation and have repeatedly witnessed how if not handled properly the adversarial system can harm children and destroy what might have been salvageable co-parenting relationships. I view as critical competency not only in the courtroom, but also in problem-solving, settlement negotiation and in counseling the client so they can make informed and intelligent decisions.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

It was not by design. At the the time of my graduation from law school my primary desire was to work in the public interest, and there was one public interest agency in Salt Lake City with an opening. Accepting employment at the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, which handles domestic relations matters for the indigent, set me on the course which would become my career area of practice.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage it. Greater client knowledge and participation results in a greater likelihood of satisfactory long-term outcomes. Although I am an attorney hired for certain expertise, I try never to forget that it is my client's life, children and money at stake.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am always willing to review client-generated documents and collaborate on the final product. I often review Utah Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) generated paperwork for people who want to proceed without formal legal representation, but who still might want to consult with an attorney along the way.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes. I am willing to provide assistance to self-represented persons to avoid default, to preserve rights, and to assist with procedural aspects, such as paperwork finalization. In addition, as an attorney mediator I am able to assist the parties in drafting the necessary court documents based upon the agreements reached in mediation.

Russell Minas

Experience:
• Partner, Lowe Hutchinson Cottingham & Minas (January 2017 - Present)
• Shareholder, Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler (July 2015 - December 2016)
• Of Counsel, Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy (March 2014 - June 2015)
• Owner, Russell Y. Minas, PC, Attorney at Law, (November 1995 - February 2014)
• Counsel, Mooney & Associates, Salt Lake City, UT (September 1994 - October 1995)
• Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake (April 1993 - August 1994)
• Domestic Violence Program Director, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake (October 1990- March 1993)
• Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake (October 1989 - September 1990)

Awards/Ratings:
• Utah State Bar Family Law Attorney of the Year (2013)
• Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Professional Memberships:
• Fellow - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2015 - Present)
• Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (2013-Present)
• Utah Association of Collaborative Professionals (2003-Present) (Chair 2006)
• Utah State Court-Approved Domestic Mediator (2002-Present, Master since 2014))
• Utah Council on Conflict Resolution (2003-Present)

Professional Volunteer Service:
• Utah State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee (2003-Present) (Chair 2006)
• Utah Online Court Assistance (OCAP) Policy Board (2008-Present)
• Custody Evaluation Subcommittee, Utah Standing Committee on Children and Family Law (2012-Present)
• Utah State Courts Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (2012-Present)
• Utah Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee (2013 - Present)
• Utah State Bar Fall Forum Committee (2005-Present)
• Utah Standing Committee on Resources for the Self-Represented (2010-2014)
• Utah State Bar Ethics Diversion Committee (2008-2012)
• Utah State Bar Delivery of Legal Services Committee (1993-95)
• Utah State Bar Friend of Court Volunteer (1995-98)
• Utah Family Court Task Force (1993-94)
• Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Council (1990-94)

Community Volunteer Service:
• Board of Trustee - Center for Documentary Expression and Art (2013 - Present)
• Board of Trustees - Splore - (1998-2004) (Chair 1999-2003)

Personal Interests:
Being a husband and father, rafting the rivers of the American West, summer outdoor music festivals, hiking the deserts Southern Utah and skiing the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah.
License
  • Bar Number: 5522
    Utah , 1989
Education
  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1989
    Salt Lake City, UT

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