DALLAS BAR ASSOCIATION
Whereas, ALAN MICHAEL UTAY was born February 23, 1965, to Ervin Utay and Gertrude (Trudy) Utay, and passed away on December 13, 2010 at the age of forty-five;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY attended Hillcrest High School; he entered the Business Honors program at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in 1987;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY entered The University of Texas School of Law, from which he earned his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) in June of 1990, he was admitted to the State Bar of Texas on November 2, 1990;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY entered private practice as an associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he became a corporate and securities partner;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY was recruited in September 2001 by one of his clients, Alliance Data Systems Corporation, a publicly-traded company, to serve as its General Counsel; he also held the offices of Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer; he was responsible for legal, internal audit, human resources, corporate marketing, and communications and corporate administration;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY was a gifted and widely respected attorney and mentor; in 2002, he was named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by D Magazine and in 2004 received the “Best General Counsel” award from the Dallas Business Journal; he appeared numerous times in the list of “Texas Super Lawyers” published annually by Texas Monthly;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY was deeply respected by the entire legal community; a gracious and kind man, his character and humor endeared him to others; he served as a mentor to many younger lawyers, encouraging them by his example and friendship;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY was a natural leader, who served his community in many ways, including serving on the board of Launch Ability (formerly Special Care and Career Services) and the Planning and Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Dallas; he had recently been asked to serve as a trustee and executive committee member of the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Foundation; he also was an active member of Congregation Shearith Israel;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY was a loving husband to his wife and a doting father to their three-year old son; he was a supporting member of a large and close extended family and valued friend to many; he enjoyed spending time outdoors in the company of his family and friends boating, fishing, hiking, and snow-skiing; he contributed significantly to the development of the lake community at which he spent his time; he was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan;
Whereas, ALAN UTAY is survived by his loving wife, Stacy (known as “Sam”), and his son, Hank; his brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Carol Utay; his sister, Karen Utay; his sisters-in-law, Fran, and her husband, Jeff Toubin, and Cindy and her husband Gary Greenberg; his mother-in-law, Carol Miller; his nieces, Andrea Utay, Mollie and Dani Toubin, Haley Greenberg; and nephew, Jake Greenberg;
Whereas, it is more than appropriate that the Members of this Association record their appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and service of ALAN MICHAEL UTAY, to his profession and his community;
Now therefore, be it resolved, by the Members of this Association, duly assembled in regular meeting, that we observe, with sorrow, the death of ALAN MICHAEL UTAY, and that we express our sympathy and condolences to the members of his family.
Be it further resolved, that this action be recorded in the permanent records and minutes of the Association and that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the family of ALAN MICHAEL UTAY as a token of the esteem in which he was held by the Association.