Daren R. Barney

Daren R. Barney

Founding Partner since 1999
St. George, Utah
(435) 628-3318

Daren was born in Provo, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated from the University Honors Program, cum laude in 1991.

Daren majored in political science and was nominated as a Truman Scholar Nominee, a Scholastic All-American, Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. While attending college, he was actively involved in a variety of intercollegiate organizations and community service activities. Daren received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Daren is married to RaeBeth Barney and is the father of one daughter and four sons. He enjoys being active in community service programs and has served on the Board of Trustees for Leadership Dixie, BYU Management Society, Southern Utah Bar Association, and as a Commissioner for the Ivins City Planning Commission.

From 2001 to 2009, Daren served as the Mayor of Ivins City, which is located approximately eight miles West of St. George and is home to the nationally-recognized Red Mountain Spa, Tuacahn School for the Performing Arts, Kayenta and Coyote Gulch.

Daren began his legal practice in 1994 as an attorney in Southern Utah. In 1999, he became a founding partner of the law firm of Barney & McKenna, P.C. He served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Washington County Small Claims Court from 2000-2004, and in 2005 was selected by Governor John Huntsman to serve as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifth Judicial District.

Daren’s primary areas of practice are Real Estate Transactions; Construction and Development Law; Business Law (Corporations, LLC’s Partnerships, Mergers, Sales and Acquisitions); Business Litigation; Banking and Commercial Transactions; Mediation and Arbitration. In 2004, Daren became a certified member of the Court Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators for the Fifth Judicial District. Also in 2004 and again in 2010, he was nominated by his peers as a member of Utah “Legal Elite” as one of the premier Utah attorneys in the area of Business Litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law and Transactions
  • Business Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Foreclosures
  • Construction Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 1994
  • Nevada, 1995
  • Colorado, 1996


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 1994
  • Brigham Young University
    • B.A. cum laude - 1991
    • Honors: Honors Program
    • Honors: Truman Scholar Nominee
    • Honors: Scholastic All-American
    • Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society, Member
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed among Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1994 - Present
  • Southern Utah Bar Association, Member, 1994 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Ivins City, Mayor, 2001 - 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Leadership Dixie, Board of Trustees
  • BYU Management Society, Board of Trustees
  • Ivins City Planning Commission, Commissioner