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University of Utah, Juris Doctorate, High Class Rank
University of Texas at Austin, ABD Comparative Literatures
University of Utah, Master of Arts French and Russian Literatures, Honored Scholar Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts French and Journalism, Honored Scholar Università Italianà per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy Italian Language and Culture
Université de Paris, en Sorbonne, Paris, French Language and Culture



U. S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Utah Supreme Court

An experienced legal counselor with a strong entrepreneurial orientation and Fortune 500 Company experience, Mr. Elegante now chooses to practice from our St. George, Utah office. He is adept and innovative at facilitating the development of commercial endeavors of all sizes, from start-ups and small businesses to large corporations. He is, in essence, a problem solver for businesses.

He was formerly a partner in two major U.S. law firms and General Counsel to Rio Tinto America and Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation. His legal responsibilities have included commercial transactions of all types in the U.S. and in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia for: cooperation agreements in technology and product development; procurement and sales agreements, environmental permitting and compliance, safety and hygiene regulation, tax litigation oversight, employee benefits, employment regulation, corporate governance and compliance, and dispute resolution through litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Elegante is a seasoned and experienced business consultant. He has planned, supervised, and conducted numerous risk assessments in industrial and commercial settings. He has established successful and sustainable programs for cost recapture under warranties and performance guarantees. He is fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish and conversationally fluent in Russian.


“He is, in essence, a problem solver for businesses.”