About Attorney Jack C. Helgesen
As a lawyer who represents severely injured Utahns, Mr. Helgesen has won some of the largest settlements in Utah. He and his partners have helped Utahns and residents of other states in hundreds of injury cases for the last four decades. Early in his career, Mr. Helgesen won one of the first million-dollar awards in a Utah medical malpractice trial. This what the first of many other victories in medical cases.
As a consumer trial lawyer, Jack Helgesen and his partners filed and won (at trial and through multiple appeals) one of the largest class action judgments in the history of Utah – more than $70 million – for over 21,000 Utah tax payers in the case of Brumley v. Utah Tax Commission (Utah 1993). He and his partners have been winning consumer cases for more than thirty years.
As an appellate lawyer, Jack has argued and obtained several winning rulings from the Utah Supreme Court.
As a victim advocate, Jack Helgesen has been a leader among American injury trial lawyers. He is a former President of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association (now the Utah Association of Justice), the largest injury lawyer organization in Utah. For fifteen years, he was a Governor of the American Association of Justice in Washington, D.C. (previously called the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), America’s largest organization of injury lawyers. He is a Master with the American Inns of Court and has trained other injury lawyers in small and large seminars for many years.
Jack has an AV rating from Martindale and Hubble, America’s oldest lawyer rating service. This high honor puts him in the top 5% of American lawyers for legal ability and ethics. The AVVO.com lawyer rating website ranks Jack as a “superb lawyer,” grading him with 10 points on a scale of 1 to 10.
Mr. Helgesen graduated cum laude from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He received his Juris Doctor law degree from Brigham Young University. In 1982, Mr. Helgesen founded Helgesen, Houtz & Jones, which now has ten lawyers (including three of his sons). The firm has represented more than thirty-five thousand clients.
Jack and his wife Koy have eight children and twenty-two grandchildren. They love family gatherings, noisy birthday parties, family trips and the daily chaos of their large family. They also enjoy traveling. Jack and Koy are also BYU sports fans, Weber State fans, and are University of Utah fans when they are not playing BYU (their children are graduates of Weber State, BYU and the University of Utah). For twenty-four years, Jack taught religion classes for BYU.