Jacey Skinner

Of Counsel
Salt Lake City

Jacey Skinner has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Utah state government. Before joining Ballard Spahr, served as General Counsel to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert from 2013 to 2017. In that role, she negotiated legislation, oversaw the Governor's legislative review and bill signing, coordinated litigation with the Attorney General's Office, advised the Governor, his cabinet, and the Lieutenant Governor on legal, policy, and ethical issues, and oversaw Gov. Herbert's judicial appointment process. She also served as the Deputy State Court Administrator for the State of Utah, where she facilitated policy development and managed relations with the state legislature, executive branch agencies, the Utah Judicial Council, and the Utah Supreme Court.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Judge Steven L. Hansen, Utah Fourth Judicial District, 2002-2003

Professional Activities

Utah State Bar, Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession, 2019

Utah Minority Bar Association, Jimi Mitsunaga Excellence in the Law Award, 2019

Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Award for significant contribution to the State, 2014 

Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker and presenter at public sector and private sector conferences and university and law school classes

Board Memberships & Community Service

Utah State University, Board of Trustees 2019- Present

And Justice For All, Board of Directors, 2019-Present

Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, Board member, Advancement Committee Co-Chair, 2017- Present



Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D. 2002)
Trial Advocacy Team, Chair
Moot Court Team

Utah State University (B.A., cum laude, 1996)