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About Kay Burningham


Kay Burningham is a trial attorney with over thirty years’ experience in civil litigation, having recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients. Most of those clients have been the victims of serious and permanent personal injuries. As a former insurance defense attorney, her clients included the insureds for such insurance carriers as Allstate, State Farm and GEICO.

She spent the initial part of her litigation career practicing in San Diego, California, where she served as a Superior Court settlement officer and court-approved, as well as private arbitrator. She has litigated cases in Utah, San Diego, Orange County, and San Francisco, California. Ms. Burningham has successfully tried to jury verdict and won: wrongful death, product liability, health care malpractice, trip and fall, and numerous motor vehicle collision cases both for the defense and the plaintiff. She knows both sides’ strategies.

Kay Burningham left the defense firm of Shifflet, Sharp and Walters in San Diego, California, after being involved in a significant motor vehicle collision on the San Diego Freeway. As a result of that experience, she began working to represent those injured through the negligence or intentional acts of others. Though she does take the occasional defense case, Kay has represented plaintiffs since 1991, first in her own practice in San Diego County, and since 2002 in Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah.

Ms. Burningham is regularly associated as trial counsel with a number of attorneys in Utah and Southern California. She is admitted to practice in California, Utah and Colorado, though is currently inactive in California and Colorado. She has also been admitted pro hac vice in Nevada and Arizona.

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