James B. Hanks (Salt Lake City, Utah)

James B. Hanks

Licensed for 32 years

Practice Area: Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support/Alimony 5 more areas of practice + 5 more

Awards
AV Preeminent
Member at firm Hanks & Peterson, P.C.
Contact
385-831-1806

James B. Hanks

385-831-1806

Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Serving Salt Lake City, UT view address

Partner at firm Hanks & Peterson, P.C.

Serving Salt Lake City, UT view address

Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Awards AV Preeminent

About James B. Hanks


Recognized for excellent legal knowledge and high ethical standards

Salt Lake City family lawyer James Hanks has been licensed to practice law for nearly 30 years. During that time, he has garnered experience in nearly every major area of law. Prior to beginning his own practice in 1992, Mr. Hanks practiced in labor law, personal injury and insurance defense. Mr. Hanks has practiced family law throughout his career and it now constitutes a major proportion of his work at Hanks & Peterson, P.C.

The knowledge and skills you need for complex family law matters

Attorney Hanks has extensive trial and appellate experience and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated...

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Recognized for excellent legal knowledge and high ethical standards

Salt Lake City family lawyer James Hanks has been licensed to practice law for nearly 30 years. During that time, he has garnered experience in nearly every major area of law. Prior to beginning his own practice in 1992, Mr. Hanks practiced in labor law, personal injury and insurance defense. Mr. Hanks has practiced family law throughout his career and it now constitutes a major proportion of his work at Hanks & Peterson, P.C.

The knowledge and skills you need for complex family law matters

Attorney Hanks has extensive trial and appellate experience and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. In 2007, he was recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer in the area of family law and has received accolades in Utah Business magazine for many years. He has been an effective advocate in a number of complex family law cases, including divorces involving substantial marital assets and alimony awards and contentious custody and termination of parental rights cases. He also handles adoption cases and successfully defended a lawsuit challenging the validity of a Utah adoption case through the United States Supreme Court.

Trustworthy, tenacious and respected Salt Lake City attorney

If you need an experienced, competent and ethical divorce attorney, Mr. Hanks and the attorneys at Hanks & Peterson, P.C. are here to help. They will apply tenacity, sound judgment and high ethical standards to every area of their practice. If you are going through a legal dispute in your personal or business life or if you need legal counsel for an upcoming transaction or venture, Hanks & Peterson, P.C. offers an effective alternative to impersonal and expensive big firms. Call us today at 801-895-4431 or contact us online.

Practice areas


Divorce
Child custod
Child support/Alimony
Marital torts (Alienation of Affection)
Adoption
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Wills and trusts

Admitted

Utah, 1984United States District Court for the District of Utah, 1984United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2009United States Supreme Court, 2011Education

Education

J.D.,Gonzaga University School of Law, 1984
B.S.,University of Utah, mining engineering, 1981Professional associations

Professional Asssociation

Utah State BarFamily Law Section, Executive Committee
Davis County Bar AssociationHonors


Honors

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Browning Engineering Scholarship
Regularly recognized as one of Utah’s Premier Family Law Attorneys by Utah Business magazine
Listed as Mountain States Super Lawyer in 2007
Served as a Judge Pro Tem, West Valley City, Utah, 1987 — 1988Reported cases


Reported Cases

Alexander v. Alexander, 737 P.2d 221 (Ut. 1987)
Avila v. Winn, 794 P.2d 20 (Ut. 1990)
Moffitt v. Barr, 837 P.2d 572 (Ut. App. 1992)
Wells v. Wells, 871 P.2d 1036 (Ut. App. 1994)
Nielsen v. Ketchum, 640 F.3d 117 (10th Cir. 2011)
Nielsen v. Ketchum, 132 S.Ct. 2429, 182 L.Ed. 2d 1061, 2012 U.S. Lexis 3808, 80 U.S.L.W.3646 (U.S. 2012)

Presentations/Seminars

1996 - National Business Institute:
Equitable Distribution in Divorce Settlements in Utah: Valuation, Tax and Other Issues

1999 - National Business Institute:
Child Custody and Visitation in Utah.

2000 - National Business Institute:
Family Law Litigation in Utah.

2000 - National Business Institute:
Spousal Support in Utah Divorce Proceedings.

June 21, 2000 - National Business Institute:
Family Law for Social Workers, Counselors and Other Helping Professional in Utah Layman Education Services.

April 14, 2005 - National Business Institute:
Divorce Law in Utah.

2005 - National Business Institute:
Domestic Law in Utah.

June 16, 2006 - National Business Institute:
Negotiating Favorable Divorce Settlements.

2009 - National Business Institute:
Child Custody Basics.

May 25, 2010 - National Business Institute:
Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorce.

May 19, 2011 - National Business Institute:
Advanced Family Law.

September 15, 2011 - Utah State Bar Family Law Section:
Nuts and Bolts of Family Law in Utah: Rule 101 and Motion Practice.

May 21, 2012 - National Business Institute:
Current Challenges in Family Law.

April 12, 2013 - Served as Moderator in a Judicial Forum:

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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 8 reviews
  • 100% client recommended 8 recommendations
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 07/09/13

    James Hanks and his office staff helped me through my horrible situation with their expert advice and professionalism, but the kindness they showed throughout my ordeal w... Read more

    James Hanks and his office staff helped me through my horrible situation with their expert advice and professionalism, but the kindness they showed throughout my ordeal went above and beyond anything I expected from them. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for people who will work for you and care about you.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 06/12/13

    Mr. Hanks and his staff are very professional and exceeded my expectations. Very pleased with their services. Read more

    Mr. Hanks and his staff are very professional and exceeded my expectations. Very pleased with their services.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 06/12/13

    James Hanks was a pleasure to work with on my case. His team of experts/associates assisted in all my needs and were able to provide a an outcome for my legal issues. I... Read more

    James Hanks was a pleasure to work with on my case. His team of experts/associates assisted in all my needs and were able to provide a an outcome for my legal issues. I would recommend him and his team to anyone who is looking for professionalism, value and legal expertise.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 06/07/13

    I simply thought he was a down to earth good person that was very patient and never got agitated with me even though I was pushing him pretty hard through my own stresses... Read more

    I simply thought he was a down to earth good person that was very patient and never got agitated with me even though I was pushing him pretty hard through my own stresses. He knows his stuff obviously but more importantly was kind and patient.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 06/06/13

    Attorney Jim Hanks came highly recommended to me, and I in turn recommend him as well. His attention to detail, knowledge, determined loyalty, and calming disposition, ma... Read more

    Attorney Jim Hanks came highly recommended to me, and I in turn recommend him as well. His attention to detail, knowledge, determined loyalty, and calming disposition, made my experience with him very positive.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 06/06/13

    James Hanks is tremendously helpful and effective in a very difficult and potentially painful process. Jim and his associates were all responsive, kind and eager to fig... Read more

    James Hanks is tremendously helpful and effective in a very difficult and potentially painful process. Jim and his associates were all responsive, kind and eager to fight for the welfare and rights of my children as well as mine. Jim was knowledgable of the law, legal process, courts and other firms contenders and how to wok with them on my behalf and to my advantage. I recommend James Hanks to anyone who needs legal advice and help of any kind.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 06/03/13

    When my grandfather passed away, we needed help with a probate issue. We came to Mr. Hanks and he was able to help us file the appropriate documents to get my grandfathe... Read more

    When my grandfather passed away, we needed help with a probate issue. We came to Mr. Hanks and he was able to help us file the appropriate documents to get my grandfather's estate out of probate. He helped us quickly and efficiently. We were so grateful for his kindness and expertise at that difficult time.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 06/03/13

    Mr. Hanks was extremely helpful in assisting my husband and I in our estate planning. He prepared wills, medical directives and a trust for our family. He was knowledge... Read more

    Mr. Hanks was extremely helpful in assisting my husband and I in our estate planning. He prepared wills, medical directives and a trust for our family. He was knowledgeable and professional and we were thrilled with his work. I feel safer knowing that our estate is in order for our children.

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 1 review
  • AV Preeminent
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  • 4.2/5.0 by a Partner on 05/15/12 in Domestic Relations

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Member
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1984, Utah
      1984, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
      2009, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
      2011, U.S. Supreme Court
      Credit Cards Accepted
      Additional Payment Information
      Fixed hourly rates
      Fixed fees available
      Law School Attended
      Gonzaga University School of Law
      Class of 1984
      J.D.
      University Attended
      University of Utah
      Class of 1981
      B.S.
      Mining Engineering
      Birth Information
      Born in 1955
      Salt Lake City, Utah, May 15, 1955
      Associations & Memberships
      Davis County Bar Association
      Utah State Bar (Member: Family Law Section
      Family Law Section Executive Committee
      Unlawful Practice of Law Committee, 1992-1997).
      Representative Cases
      Alexander v. Alexander, 737 P.2d 221 (Ut. 1987)
      Avila v. Winn, 794 P.2d 20 (Ut. 1990)
      Moffitt v. Barr, 837 P.2d 572 (Ut. App. 1992)
      Wells v. Wells, 871 P.2d 1036 (Ut. App. 1994)
      Nielsen v. Ketchum, 640 F.3d 117 (10th Cir. 2011)
      Nielsen v. Ketchum, 132 S.Ct. 2429, 182 L.Ed. 2d 1061, 2012 U.S. Lexis 3808, 80 U.S.L.W.3646 (U.S. 2012).
      Languages
      Thai

      Areas of Law

      • Divorce
      • Child Custody
      • Child Support/Alimony
      • Marital Torts - Alienation of Affection
      • Adoption
      • Personal Injury
      • Criminal Defense
      • Wills and Trusts