Joseph T. Prete Esq.

Joseph T. Prete Esq.

St. George, Utah
(435) 628-3318

Joseph was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. After serving a mission in Russia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he attended BYU on scholarship. In August of 2002, he graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a 3.8 GPA. Days later, Joseph started law school at BYU. In April, 2005, he graduated from BYU law school in the top third of his class.

While attending BYU law school, Joseph externed for the Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, the Office of General Counsel for the LDS Church, and the Utah Attorney General’s Office. He also served as a Senior Editor for BYU’s Education Law Journal, co-authored multiple chapters for a student law/religion manual, and helped plan and orchestrate annual international law and religion symposia.

Between 2005 and 2015, Joseph practiced law in Las Vegas as a civil litigator. His primary areas of practice include estate planning, business law, litigation and real estate law.

While working in Las Vegas was a wonderful experience, Joseph and his wife, Haylee (Stout), yearned to move to Southern Utah, where they could raise their children closer to Haylee’s family. Toward that end, while working full-time, Joseph took and passed the Utah bar exam in 2014. In July, 2015, Joseph joined Barney McKenna & Olmstead, P.C.

Joseph and his wife, Haylee, were married in St. George in March, 2001, and they are proud parents of seven children (five girls, followed by two boys). Joseph enjoys hiking, volleyball, piano, singing, oral history, and community service. He also enjoys languages and is conversant in Russian and French.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada
  • Utah, 2014


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Law Journal: Education Law Journal, Senior Editor, 2003 - 2004
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Major: International Studies

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nevada State Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Utah State Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Southern Utah Bar Association, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Utah Supreme Court, Chief Justice, Extern
  • Office of General Counsel for the LDS Church, Extern
  • Utah Attorney General’s Office, Extern
  • Smith Larsen & Wixom, Attorney, 2008 - 2015