Utah Legal Elite

2007 | 2009 | 2011 2012 | 2013 | 2015

JOhn Lish, Attorney

A long time attorney in the Greater Salt Lake area, John specializes in the areas of estate planning, business succession, trust and probate administration, asset protection and real estate consulting.

Having past experience as an attorney representing Fortune 500 banks and large corporations, he feels most connected when working with families, businesses owners and individuals to help them with their legal planning.

John brings this experience to his current practice, becoming connected to what really matters most in his clients’ lives. His passion for providing a holistic approach to life planning combined with John’s integrity and discretion that make him an easy choice for you, your business and your family. He strives to offer affordable, friendly and service-oriented counsel to those he serves. John graduated from the University of Denver College of Law and holds a B.S. in Economics from Brigham Young University.

He is barred in both Utah and Oregon and is fluent in Spanish.

Drawing on his experience as an attorney, small business owner, husband, father, world traveler, John has a approachable and accommodating style to law and life in general. John lives with his family in the Millcreek area, near both the mountains and the downtown court houses. When not at work, John has love of mountain biking and cycling through the Utah mountains and traveling when time allow


State Bar of Utah
United States District Court, District of Utah
State Bar of Oregon
United States District Court, District of Oregon
Affiliated with The Wealth Counsel



University of Denver, College of Law, Juris Doctor 1997
Brigham Young University, B.A. Economics 1993


Editor and contributor for the DU Clarion, University of Denver 1995 – 1996
Named “Legal Elite of Utah” by Utah Business Magazine 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013


Our brand carefully reflects the promise we deliver to our clients.

Our name and logo both reflect our brand promise: the word "certus" is latin for certainty and trustworthiness. You can be confident that we will protect your family and assets with accuracy.

Our blue fluer di lis stands for truth and loyalty. We promise to be honest in our dealings with you and will be an advocate for your needs.

Our tagline, “Because Planning Matters” is very straightforward. When planning is not done accurately or correctly, there are undesirable outcomes. Most often, people become aware of the flaw when in a time a crisis. Protecting your family and business for now and the future is our focus.   

Our core values

  • Honesty. We feel a great responsibility in our dealings and interactions with our clients. Planning is a team effort; mutual trust is critical for its success.
  • Dedication. We are committed to planning for now and the future, and doing it in a way that it works best for our clients individual situation. 
  • Excellence. We plan with not only accuracy, but also making sure our clients understand their plan and a strategy to keep it current.

We commit to these values–for our company, our clients and their families.