J. Craig Smith

Prior to forming Smith|Hartvigsen,PLLC, in 2002, Mr. Smith practiced with Nielsen and Senior and Wheatley and Ranquist of Salt Lake City.  He is also a former assistant city attorney for Park City (1984 to 1988). He has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney in which he has successfully handled a number of complex water disputes, land use and takings claims.  Mr. Smith has represented public and private parties in takings claims arising from land use decisions, represented numerous water users in successful settlement of instream flow claims on the San Rafael River, and won appeals for municipalities and water entities before the Utah and New Mexico Supreme Courts.

His most notable projects include securing the water rights for Duchesne City through an act of Congress, successfully entitling and securing water rights for a multimillion-dollar resort in Kane County, and creating the first municipal natural gas utility in Utah.

Practice Areas

  • Water Law & Litigation
  • Land Use Law & Litigation
  • Redevelopment Law
  • Eminent Domain & Taking


  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Brigham Young University, 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, 1980
  • Associates Degree, College of Eastern Utah, with high honors, 1978

Contact J. Craig Smith

Contact J. Craig Smith

Smith | Hartvigsen, PLLC
175 South Main Street
Suite 300
Salt Lake City, Utah  84111
Phone: 801.413.1600
Fax: 801.413.1620


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  • Utah