Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson

Ross C.

Phone: (801) 746-6300

Fax: (801) 746-6301


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Before serving for eight years as Mayor of Salt Lake City (2000-2008), directing a human rights advocacy and education organization (2008-2011), co-founding the Justice Party and running as its candidate for President in 2012, and teaching at the University of Utah as adjunct faculty in 2013-14, Rocky Anderson practiced law for twenty-one years (Berman & Giauque, Berman & Anderson, Hansen & Anderson, Anderson & Karrenberg), focusing on the protection of people from governmental and corporate abuses of power, as well as the representation of people injured through the negligence of others or defrauded.

He was lead counsel in major lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs in cases involving securities fraud, professional (medical and legal) malpractice, civil rights abuses (especially police abuse, civil rights violations by prison and jail personnel, and First Amendment violations), and business fraud. Rocky, who served as Chair of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and received the highest rating (A-V) from Martindale-Hubbell.

Since he re-activated his Bar license in 2014, Rocky has represented clients in challenging the monopoly of the Presidential Debate Commission, created by the Democratic and Republican Parties; he has sued the NSA, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and others for illegal blanket surveillance in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Olympics; and he has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including sex abuse, civil rights, and complex commercial litigation.

Practice Areas:

Trial and Appellate Practice, Antitrust, Securities Fraud, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death and Personal Injury, Product Liability, Civil Rights, Human Rights


Utah (1978); U.S. District Court, District of Utah (1978); United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1983)


George Washington University Law School, J.D. (with honors) (1978)

University of Utah, B.S. (magna cum laude), Philosophy (1973)

Recent Awards and Recognition:

  • League of United Latin American Citizens Profile in Courage Award
  • National Association of Hispanic Publications Presidential Award
  • Human Rights Campaign recognition as one of top ten straight advocates in the U.S. for LGBT equality
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award, Morehouse College
  • Universalist Unitarian United Nations Office Human Rights Advocacy Award
  • Bill of Rights Defense Committee Patriot Award
  • Sierra Club Distinguished Service Award
  • Environmental Leadership Award, Terra Firma (University of Utah Environmental organization)
  • World Leadership Award, World Leadership Forum (environment category)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Protection Award

Select Reported Cases:

  • State v. Strand, 674 P.2d 109 (Utah 1983) (the statute of limitations was held to be tolled notwithstanding a successful challenge to the validity of the initial criminal information)
  • Goddard v. Hickman, 685 P.2d 530 (Utah 1984) (challenge of trial judge’s unilateral granting of a new trial after a substantial jury verdict in a medical malpractice case)
  • University of Utah Students Against Apartheid v. Peterson, 649 F.Supp. 1200 (1986) (amicus brief in successful First Amendment challenge to a prohibition against symbolic speech opposing apartheid in South Africa and a university’s related investment policies)
  • Naugle v. Witney, 755 F. Supp. 1504 (D. Utah 1990) (successful assertion of Fourth Amendment claims against law enforcement officers)
  • Webb v. R.O.A. General, Inc., 773 P.2d 834 (Utah Ct. App. 1989); 804 P.2d 547 (Utah Ct. App. 1991) (successful claim for breach of commercial contract and successful defense against breach of fiduciary duty claims)
  • Bradford v. Moench, 670 F. Supp. 920 (D. Utah 1987); 809 F. Supp.1473 (D. Utah 1992) (successful argument that deposits in underinsured thrift and loan financial institutions have federal protections as “securities”)
  • Scott v. Hammock, 870 P.2d 947 (Utah 1994) (challenge to church’s refusal to produce documents relating to church member who committed sexual and other physical abuse of adoptive daughter)

Select Articles:

  • Anderson, R., and Thronson, P., ACHIEVING CLIMATE PROTECTION: FOSTERING AN ESSENTIAL FOCUS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN IMPACTS, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, Vol. 27, Issue 1 (2013)
  • “A Call for Compassion,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Volume 42, No. 2, Summer 2009)
  • “Bill Richardson,” The Nation, November 26, 2007
  • “Climate Change: Sloppy Media Coverage Keeps the Public Out in the Cold,” Catalyst, May 2005
  • “Media: Just Find and Tell the Truth,” Catalyst, August 2003
  • “The Application of Ethical Principles to Vital (and Not-So-Vital) Issues: Keeping One’s Promises,” Catalyst, December 2002
  • “Tyranny in Utah: Breaking the Rules of Law,” Catalyst, November 2002
  • “A Tribute to Inspiring Lives and Great Friendships,” Catalyst, October 2002

Select Presentations:

  • “The War on Women: Equality and Justice Are Not Just Catch-Phrases,” War on Women Rally, Utah State Capitol Building, April 28, 2012
  • “Restoring Our Republic by Rejecting Duopoly,” Hammer Foundation, University of California, Los Angeles, April 19, 2012
  • “An End to Authoritarianism and Plutocracy in the United States: It’s Up to Us,” Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah, March 26, 2012
  • Response To Presentation by Steve Vanderheiden, “Climate Justice and the Challenge of Development,” Democracy in South Asia Forum, University of Utah, April 6, 2011
  • “Keynote Speech, Immigration Rally,” Washington Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 5, 2011
  • “Perpetrator, Bystander, or Upstander: Which Will You Be?,” Commencement Address, Realms of Inquiry, Salt Lake City, June 2, 2010




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