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J. Simon Cantarero

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  • Brigham Young University School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2000


  • Utah Supreme Court (2004)
  • U.S. District Court, Utah (2004)
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (2009)

Mr. Cantarero represents individuals, families, and companies with their legal needs, and counsels them on various legal matters, ranging from business-succession planning, estate planning and avoiding probate, and various commercial transactions and business disputes.  He is part of the business, estate planning, and litigation groups.

He has represented clients in business and commercial transactions, contract negotiations and disputes, and other legal issues facing entrepreneurs and start-up companies.  Mr. Cantarero also has extensive experience in the area of employment law and provides legal counsel for clients in employment agreements, non-compete and severance/termination agreements, compensation packages for executives, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and general employment rights under State and Federal laws.

See “Utah Business Litigation Attorney J Simon Cantarero Selected as Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star for Third Time.”

He has also worked with personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, product liability, professional liability, and bad faith claims.  He has experience with construction defect, automobile and premises liability cases.  He has successfully defended insurers and their insureds through settlement, mediation, arbitration, or jury trials.  Mr. Cantarero also has experience working with real estate transactions, contract disputes, copyright and trademark litigation, corporate litigation regarding business ownership and partnerships, and business torts in the area of commercial litigation.

Super Lawyers has selected Mr. Cantarero as a Mountain States Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in business litigation for 2009, 2011, and 2012.  He has been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” in the category of Business Litigation in 2010 and 2011 (as published in Utah Business magazine).  He currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit and charitable organizations, including the Board of Trustees of “and Justice for All” and the BYU Law School Alumni Association.  Mr. Cantarero is also a member of the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct.  He was president of the Utah Minority Bar Association and an ex officio member of the Utah State Bar Commission.  Prior to joining Pearson Butler, Mr. Cantarero was an associate with Holland & Hart LLP for four years and began his legal career with the law firm of Strong & Hanni.

Mr. Cantarero earned his law degree from Brigham Young University, where he was the editor-in-chief of the BYU Journal of Public Law, and he received his B.A. in international political economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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