Jefferey J. McKenna

Founding Partner since 1999

Location: St. George, Utah
Phone: 435-628-1711
Fax: 435-628-3318

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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


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, Nevada

B.A. - 1991
Honors: With High Honors
Honors: American Bank of Commerce Outstanding Student
Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

Utah, 1995
Arizona, 1996
Nevada, 1996


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