Michelle E. McConkie

Practice Areas

Michelle’s practice focuses on real estate development, natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on development of state trust lands and on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas.

Michelle rejoins Lear & Lear after spending 14 years as Senior Legal Counsel for the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, an agency responsible for the management of nearly 3.5 million acres of surface and mineral estate throughout the State of Utah. Michelle was SITLA’s lead attorney for the agency’s real estate development projects. She negotiated and was involved in dozens of large-scale master planned communities in northern and southern Utah. Her projects also included a variety of other complex real property transactions, including land sales, land and mineral exchanges, commercial leases, industrial leases, easements, transportation projects, environmental mitigation projects, and planning and development agreements.


  • Senior Legal Counsel and Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, Salt Lake City, Utah (2004 – 2018)
  • Attorney, Lear & Lear, LLP, Salt Lake City, Utah (2002 – 2004)


  • S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, Juris Doctor
    • Utah Law Review Editor
  • University of Utah, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

Membership and Activities

  • Utah State Bar Association
  • Real Property Section, Utah State Bar
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law Section, Utah State Bar
  • Utah Association of Professional Landmen

Utah Supreme Court


Phone: 801-538-5028

Email: michelle.mcconkie@learlaw.com


Lear & Lear, PLLC is an energy boutique law firm with extensive experience in traditional and renewable energy sources. Our team of attorneys have years of experience helping clients reach their legal and business goals in a timley and affordable manner.

Office Locations

808 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Phone: 801-538-5000
Fax: 801-538-5001