News & Updates

October 21, 2013-Stirba, P.C. is pleased to be a sponsor of the Fallen Peace Officer Trail dedicated on April 1, 2013 in honor of the officers who gave their lives serving their communities.

Stirba, P.C. is honored to sponsor Mile Marker 1 in honor of Trooper, Aaron Beesley, of the Utah Highway Patrol, who died on June 30, 2012 after a heroic rescue of 2 stranded hikers.

Peter Stirba and Blake Hamilton had the pleasure of meeting with Rick Mayo, Trooper Beesley’s mother and wife to accept a plaque and gold coin from Utah Peace Officer’s Association commemorating the sponsorship.


November 19, 2009 – Stirba announces, Washington County, Utah, The Critical Incident Task Force Investigation team recommended unanimously and announced Thursday that they will not file charges against the Chief of Hurricane City and Officer Thompson for the death of Brian Cardall, a mentally ill man they subdued with a taser back in June 2009.

Peter Stirba, who is the attorney representing Hurricane City, said, “We view this as a very deep human tragedy for everyone involved and obviously agree with the decision of the Task force and the Washington County Attorney.”

June 16, 2009 – In the summer of 1997, 12 runners gathered in Sugar House Park to run a 5K race to raise money for breast cancer research. They were inspired by the 10-year battle against breast cancer of their friend, Judge Anne Stirba.

Stirba died in 2001, her cancer proving too severe to overcome. Nevertheless, the runners still gather every year to complete the same race, now called the Judgesrun 5K, as they did on Saturday. Except now, they are comprised of an army of nearly 400 runners and walkers raising money for a cure.

“[Stirba] was just a very giving, warm person,” said friend Jan Thomas of Sugar House. “This is a great way to honor her.”

Unquestionably influential in life, Stirba may be more so now. She was the first woman ever elected to the Utah State Bar Commission and served as a district judge for several years. But now, she is the stimulus of a growing effort to solve the puzzling disease of breast cancer. Through the Judgesrun Foundation, donations and contributions to the Huntsman Cancer Institute continue to grow each year. The race raised more than $8,000 in 2007 and more than $9,000 in 2008. Peter Stirba, Anne’s husband, had a goal for 2009 of $10,000.

“We had really very little participation early on,” Peter Stirba said. “It’s grown every year, the foundation has grown every year and the contributions have grown every year.”

One of the newer participants is Darin Goff, 42, of Cottonwood Heights. Goff is an attorney who works in Salt Lake. He ran the race for the second time this year, despite mostly staying away from 5K runs. Goff prefers to run longer distances and does so three days per week, when he runs for 15 to 18 miles. He ran the Salt Lake half marathon this April, one of the few organized races he commits to each year. But the Judgesrun 5K has a special appeal.

“I think we all know somebody who’s had an issue with cancer,” Goff said. “It’s a difficult disease that we would like to see resolved.”

Although the cause for a cure is Goff’s main motivation to make an exception from his normal routine, the quality of the race plays a role as well. When the Judgesrun finishes at Wasatch Presbyterian Church only a few blocks from Sugar House Park, it really has just begun. A pancake breakfast kicks off the activities; awards are given to first through third place in more than a dozen skill and age categories; music plays as random prize drawings commence; people socialize with each other.

“Typically, when you finish a run they give you a cup of Gatorade and a T-shirt,” Goff said.

The Judgesrun was the start of Anne Striba’s influence on the fight against cancer, but her legacy has her husband inspired to do more. Peter Stirba, through the foundation, has begun an annual golf tournament held in September and has a fundraising concert planned for the spring. All of the donations and the support have increased the resistance to and awareness of breast cancer.

“That is quintessentially what we’re here for,” Peter Stirba said.

Cancer race

»The Judgesrun 5K, in honor of the late Judge Anne Stirba, raises funds to find the cure for breast cancer.

»The race has grown from 12 racers in 1997 to nearly 400 on Saturday.

» Regular 5K participants appreciate the quality of race that the Judgesrun volunteers put on, making them come back year after year.

February 25, 2009 – Stirba today announced that the Supreme Court of the United States of America this morning issued a decision in favor of Pleasant Grove City in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, Docket No. 07-665. Stirba is local counsel for Pleasant Grove City. The Supreme Court, in a decision that affects public monuments throughout the United States, held that Pleasant Grove City’s decision to accept certain privately donated monuments (i.e. of the Ten Commandments) while rejecting others, is best viewed as a form of government speech to which the Free Speech Clause does not apply.

January 21, 2009 – Stirba today announced that the Supreme Court of the United States of American this morning issued a unanimous decision in favor of five officers represented by Stirba in the case Pearson v. Callahan, Docket No. 07-751.

January 21, 2009 – Stirba today announced that the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today in Pearson v. Callahan, argued to the Supreme Court by Peter Stirba, is likely to have sweeping implications in favor of government officials in the area of qualified immunity in defense of federal civil rights actions.

December 9, 2008 – Stirba Launches A New Website. Welcome! Today, Stirba announced that it has launched its new website, This upgrade in technology compliments Stirba’s sustained growth as a preeminent litigation law firm in Utah.

November 18, 2008 – Stirba today announced that Peter Stirba has been appointed to the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law Board of Trustees.

November 1, 2008 – Stirba recognizes Peter Stirba for being named to Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine.

October 17, 2008 – Stirba today announced that Meb Anderson presented “Search and Seizure – Civil Issues: How to Avoid Liability (especially in the warrantless home entry arena)” at the Utah Prosecution Council – Annual Government Civil Practice Conference, in Springdale, Utah.

October 14, 2008 – Stirba today announced that Peter Stirba argued before the Supreme Court of the United States of American this morning in the case Pearson v. Callahan, Docket No. 07-751.

August 28, 2008 – Stirba today announced the return of a unanimous jury verdict in favor of a Stirba client in Chidester, et al., v. Utah County, et al. Peter Stirba argued the case to the jury. Associate attorneys Bret Rawson and Carrie Towner assisted.

February 11, 2008 – Stirba today announced the return of a unanimous jury verdict in favor of a Stirba client in Arnold, et al., v. Curtis. Peter Stirba argued the case to the jury. Associate attorneys Meb Anderson, Bret Rawson and Blake Hamilton assisted.

January 18, 2008 – Stirba today announced the return of a jury verdict acquitting a Stirba client charged in federal court with three counts, including two counts of wiretapping. The Main Justice Computer Crimes Division of the United States Justice Department prosecuted the case. Stirba prevailed despite application of Councilman, a minority view Second Circuit case holding that electronic communications and electronic storage may be “intercepted” for the purposes of the wiretap act. Peter Stirba argued the case to the jury. Associate attorneys Darin Goff and Bret Rawson assisted.