Jeffery J. McKenna

Jeffery J. McKenna

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

Jeff is a founding member of Barney & McKenna. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was honored as the American Bank of Commerce Outstanding Student in Economics and graduated with high honors. Jeff obtained his law degree from Brigham Young University where he was awarded a full three year scholarship, was named an Edwin M. Thomas scholar, and served on the B.Y.U. Law Review.

Jeff is married to Mimi McKenna and the father of two daughters and two sons. He is active in community programs. He is a Founding Member and past President of the Southern Utah Estate Planning Council. He has served as a Scout Master with Boy Scouts of America for over five years. He has been a member of the Washington County Library Board of Trustees for over four years. He is a current member of the Southern Utah Veterans Home Advisory Board. He served as the first President of the Southern Utah Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is a worldwide network sponsored by Brigham Young University that has as one of its primary purposes the promotion of fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. Additionally, he has served as the President of the Mesquite, Nevada Exchange Club. The Exchange Club is a national service organization with the primary purpose of bettering communities and the prevention of child abuse. He is currently serving on the Washington County Library Board of Trustees and has participated in the planning and building of several new libraries in Washington County, Utah.

Jeff’s primary areas of practice are estate planning, estate administration, will contests, and asset protection. Jeff is one of the few attorneys in the region licensed to practice law in Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

Areas of Practice

  • Wills, Trusts and Probate (including Will Contests and Trust Disputes)
  • Business Formation and Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 1995
  • Arizona, 1996
  • Nevada, 1996


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
    • J.D. cum laude - 1995
    • Honors: Edwin M. Thomas Scholar
    • Law Review: Note & Comment Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review, 1993 - 1995
  • Rick’s College, Rexburg, Idaho
    • A.S. - 1989
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Selected as Graduation ceremonies speaker
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: American Bank of Commerce Outstanding Student
    • Major: Economics


  • Estate Planning 101, Dixie State College, 2016 - 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Listed among Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine
  • Full Academic Scholarship All Three Years at BYU Law School, 1992 - 1995
  • Editor for BYU Law Review, 1993 - 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Southern Utah Bar Association , Member, 1995 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Snow, Nuffer, Engstrom, Drake, Wade and Smart , Associate Attorney, 1995 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Southern Utah Estate Planning Counsel, Past President
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Southern Utah Chapter, President
  • Mesquite, Nevada Exchange Club, President
  • Washington County Library, Board of Trustees
  • Advisory Board for Southern Utah Veteran's Home


  • Spanish