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Michael David Zimmerman

Michael David Zimmerman, American lawyer. Bar: California 1971, Utah 1978.


  • Zimmerman, Michael David was born on October 21, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Elizabeth Porter.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Utah, 1966. Juris Doctor, University Utah, 1969. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Utah, 2001.


    • Law clerk to Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger Supreme Court of the United States Court, Washington, 1969-1970. Associate O'Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles, 1970-1976. Associate professor law University Utah, 1976-1978, adjunct professor law, 1978-1984, 89-93.

      Of counsel Kruse, Landa, Zimmerman & Maycock, Salt Lake City, 1978-1980. Special counsel Governor of Utah, 1978-1980. Partner Watkiss & Campbell, 1980-1984.

      Associate justice Supreme Court Utah, 1984-1993, 98-00, chief justice, 1994-1998. Attorney, mediator, arbitrator, partner Snell & Wilmer, since 2000. Co-moderator Justice Society Program of Snowbird Institute for Arts and Humanities, 1991, 92, 93, 94, 95, 97, 98.

      Moderator, Tanner lecture panel department philosophy University Utah, 1994. Faculty Judging Science Program Duke University, 1992, 93. Board directors Conference of Chief Justices, 1995-1998.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: California 1971, Utah 1978.


    • Note editor: Utah Law Review, 1968-1969. Contributor numerous articles to legal publications.


    Member Project 2000, Coalition for Utah's Future, 1985—1996. Trustee Hubert and Eliza B. Michael Foundation, 1994—1998. Board directors Rowland-Hall St. Mark's School, 1995—2002.

    Board associate Utah Museum Natural History Foundation, since 1997. Board directors Summit Institute for Arts and Humanities, 1989—2002, chair, since 2002. Board directors Hansen Planetarium, 1997—2001, Snowbird Institute for Arts and Humanities, 1989—1998, Deer Valley Institute for Arts and Humanities, 1996—1998, Kanzeon Zen Center, since 1999, chair, since 2000.

    Board directors Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, 1999—2005, chair, 1999—2005. Board directors Private Adjudication Center. Member Duke University, 2000—2002.

    Co-director Registry of Indiana Science and Technology Advisors, Duke University, 2000—2002. Chair Utah Judicial Council Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial Systems, 1996—2000. Fellow: American Bar Foundation.

    Member: American Academy Appellate Lawyers, Governor Radiation Exposure Study Management Committee, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (executive board 1982-1984), United States Department of Energy Dose Assessment Advisory Group of the Off-Site Radiation Exposure Reconstruction Project (Utah citizen representative 1980-1984), Utah Legal Service Corporation (Board of Trustees 1985-1987, since 2002), University Utah Master of Public Administration Program Practitioners' Advisory Committee (mem 1985-1989), United States Veterinary Administration Advisory Committee on Environmental Hazards (e.g., agent orange, nuclear radiation 1985-1989), National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence at Utah Valley Community College (Orem, Utah 1990), Order of Coif, American Judicature Society (board directors 1995—2001), American Inns of Court VII, Utah Judicial Council (supreme court representative 1986-1991, chair 1994-1998), Judicial Conference United States (advisory committee civil rules 1985-1991), Salt Lake County Bar Association, Utah Bar Association, American Law Institute, American Bar Association (faculty member appellate judges' seminar 1993), Phi Kappa Phi.


    • Married Lynne Mariani (deceased 1994). Children: Evangeline Albright, Alessandra Mariani, Morgan Elisabeth. Married Diane Hamilton, 1998.
    • father: Elizabeth Porter Zimmerman
    • spouses: Lynne Mariani
    • Diane Hamilton
    • children: Evangeline Albright Zimmerman
    • Alessandra Mariani Zimmerman
    • Morgan Elisabeth Zimmerman
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    Born October 21, 1943
    (age 74)