Darcy M. Goddard

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dgoddard@strongandhanni.com

P: 801.532.7080

F: 801.596.1508

Darcy is an experienced litigator and mediator; government defense, including civil rights, open government, law enforcement and corrections, internal investigations; intergovernmental relations and legislative advocacy. Darcy has as experience as litigator, deputy district attorney, and appointed Chief Policy Advisor for the Civil Division of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office (2011-2022).

Prior to her time at the DA’s Office, Darcy litigated in private practice both in Colorado (at a small litigation boutique (2001-2004)) and in New York City (BigLaw (2004-2008)).  She also spent time both as an Assistant Attorney General for civil investigations working with then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (2008-2010) and as the Legal Director for the ACLU of Utah (2010-2011).

Darcy is originally (mostly) from Boise, Idaho.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1995 and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000, where she was a Notes Editor on the Virginia Law Review.  Immediately following law school, she spent one year clerking for the Honorable David M. Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.

Darcy is a proud single mom to her favorite human, Atticus (age 9), and is a decidedly less proud human parent to one dog and three cats.  Her favorite pastimes are English and Australian murder mysteries, crossword puzzles, Pokémon Go, and the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.

 

Professional Memberships and Recognitions:

  • Utah Supreme Court Ethics and Discipline Committee
  • Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court
  • Board Member, Statewide Association of Prosecutors and Public Attorneys, 2020-2022.
  • Organizer/Emcee, Utah Prosecution Council, Fall Civil Practice Conference, 2017-2022.
  • Chair, two-year Legislative Interim Committee addressing mental health and substance use treatment for incarcerated individuals, 2018-2019.
  • Women Lawyers of Utah
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Utah State Bar Litigation Section
  • Utah State Bar Government and Administrative Law Section
Salt Lake Office

Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2000.

  • Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review, 1999-2000.
  • Member, Virginia Law Review, 1998-2000.
  • Clinical Intern, Criminal Prosecution Clinic, United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia, 1999-2000.
  • Clinical Intern, Criminal Defense Clinic, 2000.
  • Research Assistant, Professor James E. Ryan, 1998-1999.

 

Smith College, A.B. cum laude, Political Science, 1995.

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • House President (1994-1995)
  • Career Services Peer Counselor (1993-1995)
  • Judicial Intern, Supreme Court of the United States (1993).

Admissions

  • Employment

  • Government Liability

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