About Our Firm


Tanner Law Office is located in Tooele, Utah. Richard Tanner provides criminal defense representation, family law, and general practice assistance in Tooele and Salt Lake Counties.

James Tanner is a Utah employment lawyer, representing employees, throughout the State Utah, in most employment law matters.

As a law firm we strive to represent our clients by:

focusing on key facts,
locating relevant law,
and proceeding with claims and defenses with zeal,
within the bounds of the law and ethics.

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Practice Areas

Employment Law

James R. Tanner

James R. Tanner now dedicates his legal practice to representing individuals in a broad range of employment law cases, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and other adverse employer actions. James represents federal employees, state and local government employees, law enforcement officers, and private sector employees throughout Utah.

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Family Law

Richard J. Tanner

Richard Tanner has routinely advised and represented clients from Tooele County, Salt Lake City, and surrounding counties, including Davis and Utah County, in family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and property settlement issues, adoption, and guardianship. He routinely makes appearances in the Tooele Third District Court, located within blocks from the Tanner Law Office.

Criminal Defense and Juvenile

Richard J. Tanner

Richard J. Tanner routinely represents criminal defendants in the Tooele County Third District Court. In addition, he represents clients before the Justice Courts in Grantsville, Tooele and Stockton, Utah. For over fifteen years, Tanner Law Office has provided criminal defense and juvenile law representation in the Tooele area.

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Wills and Powers of Attorney

Richard J. Tanner

Richard has represented a number of tenants and landlords in landlord tenant disputes in Tooele County. He has reviewed, advised on, and drafted numerous documents, including contracts, leases, general and special powers of attorney, durable powers of attorney, wills, living wills, medical directives, and other documents related to estate planning. Tanner Law Office is a provider for the Met-Life Legal Plan and Richard has drafted numerous documents and advised on numerous civil matters as a part of this plan.

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Tanner Law Office
Richard Tanner

Phone: (435) 833-9524

Email: jim.tanner@msn.com

Location: 250 South Main Tooele, Utah 84074

Richard Tanner graduated from Brigham Young University, with academic honors, in 2002. He graduated from Washburn Law School, with academic honors, in 2005. He joined Tanner Law Office in the same year.

Richard Tanner is licensed to practiced law and appear in Utah state courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 2006


  • Washburn University School of Law, with academic honors, Topeka, Kansas
    • Juris Doctorate – 2005
  • Brigham Young University
    • Bachelor of Science Psychology

Tanner Law Office
James R. Tanner

James R, Tanner has practiced law since 1974.  During law school, he participated on the Washburn Law School Moot Court Team and the Moot Court Council.   He served in the US Army Judge Advocate (JAG) Corps, as criminal defense counsel and as Chief of the Legal Assistance Office at Ft. Riley, Kansas.  He served as a civilian counsel at Tooele Army Depot from 1983 until 1998, with an assignment as a Labor Counselor. In that position, he reviewed numerous adverse personnel actions, including suspensions and removals based on discipline, performance, and adverse security clearance determinations.  He represented his federal client before EEOC and MSPB administrative judges, as well, as numerous arbitrators.

Mr. Tanner established a private practice of law in 1998, after retirement from the federal government.  He has focused primarily on employment law matters, including discharge, suspensions, and other disciplinary proceedings.  In addition, he represented employees in performance-based actions and adverse security clearance determinations.   For a period of years, he has represented clients in Utah Labor Commission (UALD) discrimination claims. He has assisted employees with replies to employer Pre-Determination notices.  He has represented numerous federal employees facing discharge and other disciplinary proceedings before MSPB and EEOC Administrative Judges.  He has represented clients on workplace safety matters in complaints with the Utah Occupation Safety and Health (IUOSH) at the Utah Labor Commission.

Mr. Tanner has previously served as a mediator on the Third District Court’s mediation panel.  He has served as counsel in numerous employment mediation proceedings.  He has taught employment law to undergraduate students and dispute resolution systems to MBA graduate students for the University of Phoenix.  Mr. Tanner has twice served as President of the Utah Employment Lawyers Association (UELA), with membership of Utah employment lawyers. UELA is a state affiliate of the National Employment Lawyer’s Association (NELA).

Mr. Tanner currently serves as an Administrative Hearing Officer, conducting hearings for Tooele City and, separately, for Tooele County

James Tanner is licensed to practiced law and appear in Utah state courts. In addition, he is licensed to appear and represent in the U.S. District Court for Utah, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals.


Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Utah


  • Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
    • Juris Doctorate – 1974
  • Kansas State University
    • Bachelor of Science Psychology-1970
  • Utah State University
    • Master’s Degree-Family and Human Development- 1984

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Office Location

250 South Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Phone: (435) 833-9524

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