Gordon L. Roberts

Gordon L.Roberts
Retired Shareholder
Phone: 801.532.1234

Gordon Roberts is a retired shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Litigation practice group where engaged in trial and litigation practice. His experience included substantive work in complex commercial torts, toxic waste litigation, labor litigation, intellectual properties (trade secrets and patent infringement), commercial contract cases, mining laws, product liability, and major tort litigation. Mr. Roberts served as trial counsel in connection with various litigation matters arising out of the death of Howard Hughes. He was co-trial counsel in the Hughes domicile case where he represented the estate of Howard R. Hughes in an original proceeding before the United States Supreme Court dealing with conflicting claims of the domicile of Mr. Hughes at the time of his death.

Mr. Roberts was chief trial counsel in a landmark case forcing Interior Secretary Babbitt to issue patents on land with a gross value of $10,000,000,000 in gold. He also served as chief counsel for plaintiffs in a case that resulted in GE doing a nationwide recall of defective coffee makers.

On various occasions, Mr. Roberts served as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College of Law. Most recently, he taught an advanced litigation seminar to third-year students. He has contributed legal writings for publication to the University of Utah Law Review and is a frequent contributor to litigation-related continuing legal education. In recent years, he has presented papers and remarks on a variety of litigation subjects before the Utah State Bar, the Salt Lake County Bar, the Federal Bar Association, insurance groups, and industry groups.

Practice Areas



University of Utah College of Law, 1965

University of Nevada


Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation

Distinguished Lawyer of the Year; Utah State Bar Association, 1995

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating

Advocate of the Year, Utah Federal Bar Association, 1990

Utah Trial Lawyer of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocacy, 1991



Trustees of the American Bar Foundation

American College of Trial Lawyers

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Utah State Bar Association, Litigation Section

Salt Lake County Bar Association
(1974 - 1975)

Utah State Bar Association
Board of Commissioners
(1979 - 1988)

American Inns of Court, Charter Member and President of Inn of Court IV, Salt Lake City, Utah


Utah State Bar Association; Board of Commissioners, 1979-1981

Salt Lake County Bar Association; President, 1975-76


U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law