Greg Skordas is a shareholder in the firm of Skordas Caston & Hyde, LLC. His practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, criminal appeals, attorney disciplinary matters, juvenile defense and police labor law. Greg is the former Chief Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney, where he worked as a prosecutor from 1987 until 1995. Prior to his employment at the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office, he worked for the Salt Lake Legal Defender's Association.
Greg is a past President of the Salt Lake County Bar Association and Criminal Law Section of the Utah State Bar. He currently serves on the Utah Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice, the Utah Sexual Violence Council, and the Boards of the Children's Justice Center at the Utah Law Related Education Project, as well as serving as attorney for the Board of the Rape Recovery Center and Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment Center. He has also served as legal advisor to the Intermountain Division of the National Ski Patrol.
Greg was the 1993 recipient of the Distinguished Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Utah State Bar. In 1991, he was the first recipient of the Scott M. Matheson award for service to law-related education. He has been an instructor at the National College of District Attorneys and currently instructs at the State Police Academy. Greg is also an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, which is where he received his B.S. and J.D. degrees.
In 1990 and 1991, he was honored by the Legal Assistance Program at the Salt Lake Community College as the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. He received a Peter W. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Of Utah College Of Law in May 2005. Skordas also received special recognition awards from the Salt Lake Area Gang Project in 1992, the Utah Courts in 1993, and the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Association in 2006.
Greg has served as the Special Victims Unit Chief in Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office. He also served as First Assistant Salt Lake County Attorney. He has instructed at the National College of District Attorneys and at the Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST). He has been an instructor for Fred House Corrections Academy, an Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment (ISAT) Volunteer Attorney, and a Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. He is a founding member of the Drug Court, a Small Claims Court Judge, and is on the Ethics and Disciplinary Screening Panel for the Utah State Bar. He has been President of the Criminal Law Section of the Utah State Bar and been a Law Related Education Project board member.
Greg has been named one of the best 100 lawyers in Utah. He has tried over 100 jury trials, 100 bench trials and prosecuted over 1,000 corporate and individual clients. He spent 8 years in the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office, 3 years in the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Office, and 15 years in private practice. He has appeared before dozens of administrative agencies and has appeared in every county in Utah. Greg has practiced before justice courts, juvenile courts, district courts, administrative agencies, tribal courts, Utah Court of Appeals, Utah Supreme Court, U.S. District Court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Because of his experience and reputation, national and local legal media commentators often look to Greg Skordas to provide expert analysis. He's appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, Headline News, Court TV, MSNBC, and local affiliates ABC, NBS, CBS and Fox.
Education: University of Utah (B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, 1979; J.D., 1982). Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, University of Utah College of Law, 1998—. Administrative Law Judge, Department of Public Safety, 1996—.
Reported Cases: In re Discipline of Crawley, 2007 UT 44 (Utah May 25, 2007); In re Discipline of Trujillo, 24 P.3d 972 (Utah 2001); State v. Lyman, 2001 WL 311181 (Ut. App. 2001); Ellis v. Swensen, 16 P.3d 1233 (Utah 2000); U.S. v. Danhauer, 229 F.3d 1002 (19th Cir. 2000); Orem City v. Bergstrom, 992 P.2d 991 (Utah App. 1999); State v. Krueger, 975 P.2d 489 (Ut. App. 1999); State v. Adams, 955 P.2d 781 (Ut. App. 1998); State v. Avelar, 80 F.3d 430 (10th Cir. 1996); State v. Troyer, 910 P.2d 1182 (Utah 1995); Bluemel v. State, 134 P. 3d 181 (Utah App. 2006); State v. Colvin, 2006 WL 3387255, 2006 Ut app 469 (Utah App. 2006); State v. Gonzalez, 125 P.3d 878, 2005 Ut 72 (Utah 2005).
Specialized Practice Areas: Criminal Law; Attorney Discipline; Juvenile Law.
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