RANDY DRYER portrait
  • Professor (Lecturer), Honors College
  • Professor (Lecturer), College Of Law



  • Bachelor of Science, Communications/Journalism, University of Utah
  • Juris Doctorate, Law, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Dryer named to Best Lawyers in America for litigation. Best Lawyers in America, 08/2017
  • Dryer receives the Daniels Fund Leadership in Ethics Award for promoting ethics in his teaching. Daniels Fund , 05/04/2017
  • Professor Dryer named as a 2016 FastCase 50 winner, an award honoring "the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.". FastCase , 06/2016
  • Named as a Mountain States Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers Magazine, 05/2016
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law 2014 Alumna of the Year. University of Utah College of Law, 04/29/2014
  • Selected as a Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence Teaching Fellow. The program is a select group of faculty from across campus charged with enhancing and advancing the teaching mission of the University. University of Utah, 10/2012
  • Named Salt Lake City 2012 First Amendment Litigation Lawyer of the Year in "Best Lawyers in America." . Best Lawyers, 01/01/2012
  • Lawyer of the Year. Utah State Bar, 06/30/2010
  • Adjunct Outstanding Teacher of the Year. S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 05/01/2010
  • Utah's 100 Elite Lawyers . Utah Business Magazine, 01/2008
  • 500 Leading Litigators in the U.S. Lawdragon, 06/2006


Randy Dryer is the Presidential Honors Professor in the Honors College at the University of Utah and a Professor of Law (Lecturer) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.  He remains “of counsel” to Parsons Behle & Latimer, Utah’s oldest and largest law firm.  He is a nationally recognized expert in media law, having represented virtually every major news organization in the state of Utah and many national news organizations, including 60 Minutes, CNN, Scripps-League Newspapers, Redbook Magazine, The New York Times, and the Associated Press.  

Randy is also a recognized expert in social media law and crisis management, having advised numerous private companies and government entities in drafting crisis management plans and social media policies.  He speaks frequently around the country on these subjects.

He teaches courses at the University in the subjects of pretrial practice, privacy, crisis management, media law, media ethics and social media Law.  In 2010 he was named Adjunct Teacher of the Year by the law school and Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar Association.

Randy has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 1993 and was named a “Utah Top Lawyer” by Utah Business Magazine and a Rocky Mountain “Super Lawyer.”  Out of 1.1 million lawyers in the United States, Randy was one of 500 named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators Guide in 2006.  He was named Salt Lake City Litigation- First Amendment Lawyer of the Year for 2012 by Best Lawyers.

Randy served as a trustee of the University of Utah for 17 years, including 8 years as chair or vice chair.  He was on the Board of Trustees and Management Committee of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for the 2002 Winter Games and chaired the Utah Sports Authority for nine years.

Randy is married to Kathy Davis Dryer, who is also a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. All three of their children also have law degrees (Utah, Colorado and Stanford) which he says was by accident, not design.  Randy enjoys biking and hiking and is an ardent yoga enthusiast.



  • Museum of Natural History of Utah (MNHU), President, Museum Board of Advisors, 01/2017 - present
  • University of Utah , Academic Senate, Elected Member and Executive Commitee, 04/07/2014 - present
  • University of Utah , National Advisory Council, 09/18/2013 - present
  • Utah Commission on Strengthening Utah's Democracy , Commission member, 05/01/2009 - 10/2010
  • Campaign Legal Center, Washington DC , Board of Directors, 01/01/2003 - 09/30/2011
  • Utah State Bar (USB), Liscensed attorney, admitted in all Utah courts & the US Sup Ct. and the 10th Circuit, 06/01/1976 - present

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