Shaw, David J.

  Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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Mr. Shaw is Chair of the firm's Government & Utilities Practice section and a member of the Business section and the Information Technology Committee. His practice specializes in information technology, telecommunications, public utilities, and contract drafting and negotiations. Mr. Shaw has extensive experience in all aspects of representing municipalities and governmental agencies, including the use of complex governmental finance mechanisms to launch innovative projects, having served as issuer's counsel in various municipal bond transactions. He is a recipient of the "Star Award" from the FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) Council and was named a 2009 Mountain States Rising Star.


  • Prior to joining Kirton McConkie, Mr. Shaw served as General Counsel to the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency ("UTOPIA"), a cooperative governmental agency owned by fourteen Utah municipalities to build the nation's most robust communications network. He continues as UTOPIA's General Counsel through his work with the firm
  • Mr. Shaw also served as the Assistant City Attorney to Murray City Corporation in Utah, where his practice focused on municipal law, contract negotiation and public utility work. In that capacity he handled legal aspects related to the construction and operation natural gas power generators, sewer line installations, solid waste pickup and other utility matters. He also administered and negotiated cable and telecommunications franchises
  • Mr. Shaw has significant experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions in everything from software and hardware licensing, to operating and maintaining complex infrastructure projects and large-scale purchasing transactions. He is particularly skilled in the intricacies of the telecommunications and electrical industries


  • Brigham Young University, B.A., International Relations and Spanish
  • University of Utah, J.D.
    • William H. Leary Scholar
  • University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland), L.L.M.
    • Information Technology and Telecommunications Law


   Other Admissions

  • Federal District Court for the District of Utah


  • Member, Government Law Section, Utah Bar
  • Secretary, Communication Section, Utah Bar
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association

Practice Area
  • Business
  • Lending and Finance
  • Natural Resources and Energy