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Sylvia Grace Acosta 
Salt Lake City, Utah
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phone 801-531-7870
fax 801-326-4669
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Sylvia Grace Acosta is an AV rated lawyer experienced in trial, arbitration and mediation. Her practice areas include insurance defense, banking, employer workers compensation law, employment law, real estate, torts, appellate practice and domestic work. Ms. Acosta served as President of the Utah Minority Bar Association from 2009 to 2010, and previously sat as an ex-officio member of Utah Bar Commission, is a former law clerk to Judge William A. Thorne of the Utah Court of Appeals and is a former law clerk to the Honorable John F. Wright of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Ms. Acosta graduated in 1994 from Auburn University with a B.S. in both psychology and English and received her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Nebraska, graduating with academic honors. Ms. Acosta sat on the Utah Supreme Court ethics committee from 2009 until 2012 and heard bar complaints. Ms. Acosta is also a judge pro tempe and hears small claims cases in Salt Lake City Small Claims Court. She is also fluent in Spanish. Ms. Acosta was a member of the Utah Multicultural Legal Center Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009 and is a past president to the Utah Minority Bar Association and is a longtime member of the Women Lawyers of the Utah Career Development Committee.  Ms. Acosta is a former member of the Leadership Utah 2013 Class and was the liaison to this group from the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission. Ms. Acosta is a partner at the law firm of Scalley Reading Bates Hansen and Rasmussen, is married to Shawn Berger and has two beautiful girls.

Areas of Practice:
Insurance Defense
Banking
Employer Workers Compensation Law
Employment Law
Real Estate
Torts
Appellate Practice
Domestic Work
Education:
University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1997
J.D.
Honors: Academic Honors


Auburn University, 1994
B.S.
Major:  Psychology and English


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Utah Minority Bar Association, 2009 - 2010
President


Utah Bar Commission
Ex-Officio Member


Utah Multicultural Legal Center, 2006 - 2009
Member, Board of Directors


Women Lawyers of Utah
Career Development Committee


Past Employment Positions:
Judge William A. Thorne of the Utah Court of Appeals, Former Law Clerk


Hon. John F. Wright of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Former Law Clerk


Office Location

Scalley Reading Bates
Hansen & Rasmussen, P.C.

Attorneys at Law
Gateway Tower West
15 West South Temple, Suite 600
P.O. Box 11429
Salt Lake City, UT 84147-0429
Phone: 801-531-7870
Fax: 801-326-4669
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Serving the entire state of Utah, including but not limited to the following cities: Salt Lake City, Ogden, Sandy, Provo, St. George, West Jordon, West Valley City, Taylorsville, Orem, Layton, Draper, Midvale, Bountiful, Magna, Murray, and Logan; and counties of Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Davis, Tooele, Morgan, and Summit.