Peggy Hunt

Peggy Hunt

Partner and Co-Chair, Bankruptcy Practice Group



Peggy Hunt has been working in the area of bankruptcy and receivership law for over 25 years. She currently co-chairs Dorsey’s Bankruptcy Practice Group and is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. She serves as a Panel Chapter 7 trustee for the District of Utah and has represented distressed companies, banks and creditors, equity holders and Chapter 11 and 7 trustees in all aspects of the workout, restructuring and liquidating process, including in related litigation. Peggy serves as lead counsel to trustees and equity receivers appointed in some of the largest Ponzi and securities fraud cases in Utah, including Castle Arch Real Estate Investment Company, LLC, National Note of Utah, LC, and Waterford Funding, LLC. She serves as the court-appointed receiver for Traffic Monsoon, LLC.

Known for a pragmatic approach and a solid understanding of the judicial process gained through judicial clerkships served in trial and appellate courts, Peggy regularly speaks on topics involving bankruptcy and receivership law. She has been a member of the Bankruptcy Court Local Rules Committee, and she is a Contributing Author for the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide. A leader, Peggy currently serves on numerous professional and civic boards. She was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as a Commissioner on the Utah Securities Commission. Peggy is also a member of the Utah Bar Foundation Board, the Government Relations Committee of the Federal Bar Association, and is a Past-President of the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Peggy is passionate about advancing the status of women and girls in Utah. She co-founded the Utah Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Utah and is a former President of Women Lawyers of Utah and of the Utah Women’s Forum. Peggy currently sits on the Federal Bar Association’s Task Force on Diversity.

Peggy is admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts, Utah and the Third, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

Education & Admissions

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1988), Head Notes and Comments Editor; University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 1987-1988

Washington and Jefferson College (B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1985)


  • Utah
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits


  • Supreme Court of Connecticut, Hon. Robert J. Callahan, 1988-1989
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah, Hon. Glen E. Clark, Chief Judge, 1989-1991
  • United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Tenth Circuit, Hon. Glen E. Clark, Hon. Judith Boulden, and Hon. William T. Thurman, 1996-2005


Representative Work

Clients appreciate the technical expertise Peggy has developed during her years in private practice and her time clerking for both trial and appellate court judges. Among other things, she has served as lead attorney on the following matters:

Representative Cases

  • SEC v. Traffic Monsoon, LLC,  and Charles Scoville (D. Utah)
  • In re Castle Arch Real Estate Investment Company, LLC, et al. (Bankr. D. Utah)
  • SEC v. National Note of Utah LC et al. (D. Utah)
  • In re Waterford Funding, LLC et al. (Bankr. D. Utah)
  • In re Copper King Mining Company (Bankr. D. Utah)

News & Resources


Fraudulent Conveyance Law, Recent Developments, printed in Educational Materials for the Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Bankruptcy Institute
Bankruptcy Court Opinion Clarifies California Law on Duties of Directors & Officers Upon Insolvency
Contributing Author, Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide
Bankruptcy Law Update: Prepared for the Utah Federal Bar Association
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Bankruptcy

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt Appointed to the Federal Bar Association Task Force on Diversity Committee
Seventeen Dorsey Attorneys Named to Utah ‘Legal Elite’
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt Appointed to Utah Securities Commission
11 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Sixteen Dorsey Attorneys Named Utah Legal Elite
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyer of the Year
SEC Freezes $207 Million ‘Pure Ponzi Scheme’, Courthouse News Service
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt Named President of Utah Women’s Forum
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Fifteen Dorsey Attorneys Named Utah ‘Legal Elite’
Dorsey Partners Peggy Hunt and Monica Clark Named Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group Co-Chairs
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" 2016 and "Best Lawyers of the Year"
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt Elected to Utah Bar Foundation Board of Directors
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt Recognized by Utah Business Magazine
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt: A Champion of Education in Law
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt Inducted as an ACB Fellow
Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt Named President-Elect of Federal Bar Association–Utah Chapter
American College of Bankruptcy to Induct Dorsey Partner Peggy Hunt as a Fellow

Select Presentations

Recent Presentations

  • Panelist, “When the Court Takes Over: Equity Receivership 101," FBA Tri-State Seminar, Park City, UT (Sept. 21, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Fraudulent Transfer Law Update,” Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Denver, CO (Jan. 27, 2017)
  • Panelist, “How to Win Clients and Build Your Book of Business in Bankruptcy/Gender Issues,” Annual Meeting of the Mountain Desert Network of the International Workout, Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Denver, CO (Jan. 26, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Fiduciary Compliance with State and Federal Laws,” Western Regional Conference of the Turnaround Management Association, Carlsbad, CA (July 14, 2016) 
  • Panelist, “One of the Parties in My Case Filed Bankruptcy! Now What?,” Seminar for the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, UT (April 21, 2016) 
  • Panelist, “How Do Law Firms Retain Women and Why Does it Matter,” Utah State Bar Mid-Year Meeting, St. George, UT (March 11, 2016) 
  • Panelist, “The New Bankruptcy Forms, Questions and Answers,” Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers’ Forum, Salt Lake City, UT (March 1, 2016) 
  • Panelist, “Insurance Issues in Bankruptcy,” Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Denver, CO (Jan. 21, 2016) 
  • Panelist, “What is a Ponzi: Proving a Ponzi and the Implications of a Ponzi Finding,” 2015 Annual Meeting of the Federal Bar Association, Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 10, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Role of the Financial Advisor / Ponzi Schemes,” Annual Bankruptcy and Restructuring Conference, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, Denver, CO (June 6, 2014) 

Industries & Practices

  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Mining

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Commissioner, Utah Securities Commission
  • Board of Directors, Utah Bar Foundation 
  • Member, Task Force on Diversity for the Federal Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, 2017 Western Regional Conference of the Turnaround Management Association & Education Committee Co-Chair, 2015 and 2016 Western Regional Conferences
  • Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Conference (2016 – present)
  • Member, Board of the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; President (2014-2015)
  • Member, Government Relations Committee of the Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Tenth Circuit Education Committee, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Education Committee, 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Women Judges 
  • Faculty, 2015 Utah State Bar Litigation Section Trial Academy 
  • Founding Member, Mountain/Desert Network of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Member, Risk Management Association
  • Member, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Member, Bankruptcy, Securities and Litigation Sections of the Utah State Bar
  • Member, Salt Lake County Bar Association 
  • Local Rules Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Utah (2008 - 2015)
  • Past-President and Ex Officio Member of the Utah State Bar Commission, Women Lawyers of Utah (2009-2012) 
  • Chair, Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Utah State Bar (1997–1998) 
  • Chair, Bankruptcy Section of the Utah State Bar (1995–1996) 
  • Board of Trustees, Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers' Forum, Inc. (1993–1997) 

Community Involvement

  • President-Elect, Utah Museum of Natural History Advisory Board
  • Past-President, Utah Women’s Forum (2017)
  • Co-Founder, Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Utah; Chair (2011-2016)
  • Chair, Leadership Committee, And Justice for All (2013-2016)
  • Past-President, Board of Directors, The Sharing Place, Inc. (2009-2010) 
  • Selected Professions Fellowships Award Panel, American Association of University of Women (1998–2001) 


  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America© for Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, 2008-2019
  • Named a Best Lawyers'® Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization, 2017
  • Listed as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2016-2018
  • Selected as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” in Bankruptcy/Creditor Rights Law and Corporate Law by Utah Business Magazine​, 2006-2018
  • 1996 Utah State Bar Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Peggy Hunt