James M. Hunnicutt

Driven to provide his clients with the best possible results, Jim has a great deal of experience mediating and arbitrating disputes which tends to reduce legal costs and provide quicker outcomes. When those tactics fail to resolve a matter, Jim is skilled in the courtroom fighting for his clients’ rights. Recognizing that the legal arena is unfamiliar territory for many, Jim goes out of his way to explain matters and answer questions in a friendly, timely, and patient fashion. Jim resides with his wife and two children in Salt Lake City.


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell, 2011-present
  • Utah Legal Elite, Family Law, Utah Business Magazine, 2011-2014 & 2016-2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney, Utah, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016-present
  • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, Matrimonial and Family Law, 2015-present
  • Top 10 Attorney Award, Utah, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014-present

Practice Areas

  • Divorce (division of marital property and debts, alimony, etc.)
  • Child custody & visitation (including international disputes)
  • Paternity/parentage
  • Legal separation
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Protective orders & civil stalking injunctions
  • Adoptions
  • Private Guardian ad Litem
  • DCFS actions
  • Foster parents
  • LGBT family law issues


  • Boston College Law School, J.D. 2000, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review
  • Dartmouth College, B.A. 1997, John E. Johnson Journalism Award
  • Skyline High School, 1994, National Merit Scholar, Sterling Scholar (English)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Utah State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee (2017-present)
  • Utah Journal of Family Law, Editor (2017-present)
  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure (2015-present)
  • “And Justice For All,” Utah legal aid organization, Executive Committee (2015-present)
  • Utah State Bar Fund for Client Protection Committee (2015-present)
  • Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court (2015-present)
  • Domestic Commissioner Pro Se Calendar, Volunteer Attorney (2014-present)
  • Certified as a Guardian ad Litem in the State of Utah (2009-present)
  • Utah Department of Health: Rape Prevention & Education Grant Committee (2010-2012)
  • Utah Dating Violence Task Force (2009-2012)
  • Utah State Bar Courts & Judges Committee (2007-2009)

Past Professional Experience

  • Law Firm of Hunnicutt & Curtis, PLLC, Salt Lake City, managing member 2009-2011
  • Law Firm of Rooker Rawlins, LLP, Salt Lake City, associate 2001-2005, partner 2005-2009
  • U.S. District Court, Maine, law clerk 2000-2001

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