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Rachel S. Anderson

Attorney / Of Counsel
Salt Lake City
Licensure: UT


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Rachel S. Anderson’s practice focuses on Utah local and special service district law, as well as matters of real property and water law generally. 

Regarding her local government practice, Rachel routinely works directly with dozens of boards and management teams of local and special service districts throughout the State of Utah.  She serves her district clients on a broad range of topics including:

  • Annexations/Boundary Adjustments/Withdrawals
  • Board Meeting Attendance
  • Construction Contracts and Contractor Relations
  • Drafting Contracts, Policies and Procedures, Resolutions, and Procurement Documents
  • Employment Law
  • Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA)
  • Impact Fees Act
  • Interlocal Cooperation Act
  • Municipal Bond Transactions/Other Financing
  • Open and Public Meetings Act
  • Real Estate (Acquisitions and Sales, Easements, Leases, Condemnations)
  • Utah Election Code
  • Utah Procurement Code 
  • Water Law

Additionally, Rachel enjoys working on transactional real property and water matters for public and private clients alike, including title issues, deeds and easements, purchase and sale agreements, and leases.  Specific to water law, Rachel has experience with reports of water right conveyance, change applications, general adjudication, and federal reserved water rights.

Rachel earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Westminster College, and her J.D. degree, with high honors, from the University of Utah, S.L. Quinney College of Law, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Utah Law Review.  Rachel is admitted to practice in Utah and U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Professional History

Chair, Women Lawyers Group, Fabian VanCott, 2016-2017, 2019-2022

Utah State Bar Examiner (Contracts), 2018-Present

Recognized as “Utah Legal Elite,” Utah Business Magazine, 2015-2019 Vice-chair, Water Resources Committee, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), American Bar Association, 2013-Present

Member, CREW Utah (Commercial Real Estate Women), 2015 to Present

Member, Utah Women of Water, 2016 to Present


J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2009; Graduated with High Honors

B.A., Communications, Westminster College, 2006; Graduated Summa Cum Laude; Member, Alpha Chi National Honor Society

Community Service

Board Member, University of Utah Alumni Board of Governors, 2019-Present

Board Member, University of Utah Young Alumni Board, 2018-2019

Member of Community Outreach Committee, Women Lawyers of Utah, 2010-Present

Member of Community Outreach Committee, Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar, 2012

Volunteer, Serving our Seniors, 2011-2012

Volunteer and Fabian Liaison, Tuesday Night Bar, 2009-2013

Mentor and Pro Bono Legal Advisor for Small Business Clinic at the University of Utah

S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2009-2010

Publications & Presentations

Executive Editor of the Utah Law Review, 2008-2009

Staff Member, 2007-2008

William H. Leary Scholar, 2007-2009

CALI Award for Estate Planning

College of Law Outstanding Achievement Award for Real Estate Drafting

Co-editor (2013-Present) and Contributor of Utah Section 2015-Present), Water Resources Report, “The Year in Review”, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, (2013-Present)

Co-editor of and Contributor to the SEER’s annual Year in Review publication, 2013 to Present

Speaker at the Annual Utah Association of Special Districts (UASD) “Leading and Serving with Excellence”; Topics: 2018 Legislative Update, Current Issues, (2018) “Building Public Trust through Engagement”; Topics: 2017 Legislative Update, New Travel/Per Diem Rules, Current Issues, (2017) “Navigating Uncertain Waters”; Topics: 2016 Legislative Update, (2016); Ensuring Proper and Effective Operations”; Topics: 2016 Legislative Update, and Personnel-Essentials of Having and Following Personnel Policies, (2015); “Ethics in Leadership”; Topic 2014 Legislative Update, (2014); “Proudly Serving districts for 25 Years!”; Topics: 2013 Legislative Update, and Customer Service Accountability, (2013)

Speaker, Road and Easement Law from A-to-Z 2017, National Business Institute (NBI); Topic: Abandonment and Vacation Considerations, (2017)

Speaker, Water Rights in Utah Conference 2016, National Business Institute (NBI); Topics: Utah Local and Special Service Districts, Federal Reserved Water Rights, and Handling Water Disputes: Adjudication Procedures and Litigation Tips (2016)

Co-presenter, Developing Your Child Care Business, Utah Small Business Development Center, (2009

Recognition and Awards

2015-2020 Utah Legal Elite

AVVO Rating 10.0 Top Attorney