Kurt M. Frankenburg

Kurt’s practice experience covers a broad range of insurance defense, including a special focus in medical malpractice. He has defended governmental entities in a wide variety of civil rights claims; contractors and business owners in construction defect and jobsite injury claims; insurance carriers in bad faith claims; and clinics, surgery centers, long term care facilities, physicians, midlevel providers and nurses in medical malpractice claims. Kurt has represented the Utah Medical Association in State and Federal Court matters and advises one of the region’s largest hospital networks on legal/risk management issues. He has briefed and argued healthcare, personal injury, insurance bad faith and civil rights cases before Utah appellate courts and the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kurt served as a small claims court judge in Park City, Utah and served on the Utah State Bar’s Character and Fitness Committee for five years.


  • University of Utah Law School, JD, 1988
  • Brown University, BA, 1984


  • Utah
  • United States District Court: District of Utah
  • United States Court of Appeals: Tenth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Utah State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute

Representative Reported Cases

  • Phillips v. James, 422 F.3d 1075 (10th 2005)
  • Jensen v. IHC Hospitals, Inc., 82 P.3d 1076, (Utah 2003)
  • Thompson v. Mobil Exploration, 145 F.3d 1346 (10th Cir. 1998)
  • Hirpa v. IHC Hospitals, Inc., (Utah 1997)
  • Maack v. Resource Design & Construction, Inc., 875 P.3d 570 (Utah App. 1994)
  • Ghersi v. Salazar, 883 P.2d 1352, (Utah 1994)