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Judges' Biographies

EIGHTH DISTRICT COURT JUDGES


PRESIDING JUDGE CLARK MCCLELLAN

PRESIDING JUDGE CLARK MCCLELLAN

Judge Clark A. McClellan was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Court bench for Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties in August 2010 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. Judge McClellan is a lifetime resident of the Uinta Basin, and graduated from Uintah High School in 1980. He has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Uintah High. Judge McClellan graduated from Brigham Young University, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in International Relations. He continued his education graduating from the University of Utah College of Law where he was a William H. Leary Scholar, and a member and editor of the Utah Law Review in 1990. Judge McClellan was admitted to the practice of law in Arizona in 1990, and Utah in 1992. Out of law school, he clerked for Justice Michael D. Zimmerman of the Utah Supreme Court. Judge McClellan practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona, and Salt Lake City, Utah, before he returned home to practice in the Uinta Basin in 1997. Judge McClellan's practice included extensive prosecution experience with Roosevelt and Vernal cities, and Duchesne County. He has also represented a number of private and governmental entities in areas of domestic relations, contracts, personal injury, property, business, landlord-tenant, among other areas of law. He is currently the presiding judge of the Eighth Judicial District. He has been a member of the Board of District Court Judges from 2011 through 2013, a member of the Committee on Fines and Bails, the advisory committee on Child Support Guidelines, and the New Lawyer Education Committee. Judge McClellan has been a Drug Court Judge in Uintah County since 2011, and continues in that capacity to the present. 4/20  

JUDGE SAMUEL P. CHIARA

JUDGE SAMUEL P. CHIARA

Judge Samuel P. Chiara was appointed to the Eighth District Court by Governor Gary Herbert in August 2013. He serves in Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. Judge Chiara received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He graduated magna cum laude receiving a juris doctorate degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU, in 1997. Prior to his appointment, Judge Chiara practiced at a firm in Price, Utah. He practiced first with Keith Chiara and later as a partner in Chiara & Torgerson. His practice included criminal defense, domestic, probate, contract, property, parental defense, and personal injury law. Judge Chiara also served as defense counsel for the Carbon County Drug Court. Judge Chiara was awarded the Utah State Bar Litigation Section Judicial Excellence Award in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. He served on the Board of District Court Judges from 2017-2020 and currently serves on the Judicial Council on the Policy and Planning Committee. 5/21 

JUDGE GREG LAMB

JUDGE Greg Lamb

Judge Greg Lamb was appointed to the Eighth District Court by Governor Gary R. Herbert in December 2020. He serves Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah counties. Judge Lamb is a lifetime resident of the Uinta Basin and graduated from Altamont High School in Duchesne County. He holds an M.A. in Public Policy as well as B.A. and B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University. Judge Lamb received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 2001. From 2001 to 2002 Judge Lamb served in the Office for Civil Rights with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. He then served as Guardian ad Litem Attorney from 2002 to 2005. Judge Lamb joined the Uintah County Attorney's Office in 2005 where he served as Deputy County Attorney and Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney before forming the law firm Stringham & Lamb with his good friend in 2012. Judge Lamb was in private practice until 2018 when he was elected as Uintah County Attorney. He served in that capacity until his appointment to the bench. 3/21 

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