Tawni J. Anderson

Tawni Anderson concentrates her litigation practice in the defense of hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers against medical malpractice claims. She has a particular interest in claims involving neurological, neurosurgical, psychiatric, and emergency medicine issues. In addition, Tawni counsels healthcare providers on a variety of corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. 

The second major area of Tawni's practice is appellate advocacy, including pre- and post-trial consulting; representing parties, including amici curiae, at state and federal appellate proceedings; and consulting with attorneys regarding their appellate briefs, their overall appellate strategies, and their oral arguments. 

Tawni has also defended trucking cases involving catastrophic damages; long-term care/skilled nursing facility cases; product liability cases, particularly involving pharmaceutical products; and Title VII employment actions. Additionally, Tawni works each year with various healthcare groups to push for legislation that is meaningful and favorable to healthcare providers, including helping to draft statutory language and discussing these issues with the legislature.

Outside of her practice, Tawni enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and preserving foods. Tawni is a certified master gardener and if she's not in the office, she's likely in the garden.





  • Lawrence v. MountainStar Healthcare, 2014 UT App 40, cert denied June 11, 2014
  • Roth v. Joseph, 2010 UT App 332
  • Shabestari v. Utah Non-Profit Housing, 377 Fed. Appx. 770 (10th Cir. 2010)
  • Archuleta v. St. Mark's Hospital, 2009 UT 36
  • Zisumbo v. McLeodUSA Telecommunications Servs., Inc., 154 Fed. Appx. 715 (10th Cir. 2005)
  • Johnson v. Watts, 2005 UT App 122
  • Gallegos es rel. Rynes v. Dick Simon Trucking, Inc., 2004 UT App 332
Tawni has been included multiple times in Utah Business magazine's list of "Legal Elite," which is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they hold in high regard and whose legal services they would recommend to others. Tawni was previously selected as a "Legal Elite" in their 2011 publication as well. Tawni is also "AV" Rated (the highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell. 
Tawni frequently makes presentations regarding appellate practice strategies and medico-legal issues faced by physicians, nurses, hospitals, and other health care facilities.

Tawni also wrote the following: 

 "Superseding and Staying Judgments in Utah," Superseding and Staying Judgments: A National Compendium, Roger D. Townsend, ed. (American Bar Association, 2007)


Salt Lake City, Utah
111 East Broadway
Suite 700


University of Utah College of Law, J.D. (1998)

Reed College, B.A. French Literature (1991)

bar admissions

Utah (1998)


U.S. Court of Appeals (10th Circuit) (2002)

U.S. District Court, District of Utah (2001)

Professional and Community Organizations

Utah Judicial Council: Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee (2012-2018)

Utah Supreme Court Appellate Rules Advisory Committee (2007-2012)

Utah State Bar Appellate Practice Section:, Chair (2005-2006); Executive Committee (2003-2010)

Utah Defense Lawyers Association, Amicus Committee, (2009-present)

Master of the Bench, David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court

David K. Watkiss- Sutherland II Inn of Court, President (2018-2019)

Salt Lake County Bar Association

Utah Society for Healthcare Risk Management

Women Lawyers of Utah