Rust Tippett

Phone: 801.438-2022
Fax: 801.438.2050


  • Asset Protection
  • Conservatorship Incapacity and Disability
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Tax
  • Gift Taxes
  • Life Insurance Trusts
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust Contests and Challenges
  • Trust Creation
  • Will Contests and Challenges
  • Will Creation

& Experience

Robert S. (Rust) Tippett is a partner at Bennett Tueller.  His practice focuses on all aspects of estate planning, including trusts, probate, estate and gift taxation and conservatorships.  Mr. Tippett is the author of The Utah Law of Trusts & Estates (a comprehensive 700-page legal reference treatise) and other instructional materials available   He is on the Court Roster of Approved Mediators for the State of Utah, and was the author of Utah’s new asset protection trust statute, which became effective May 14, 2013.

Mr. Tippett holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.  From 2003 to 2008 he served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Brigham Young University (BYU) J. Reuben Clark School of Law.   He is a member of the Utah and California Bars.


B.A. Yale University cum laude, 1984

J.D. University of Michigan, 1987

Clerk to The Honorable Aldon J. Anderson,
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah,


  • Trustee Compensation, Attorney Fees and Other Administrative Costs(Chapter 9), California Trust Administration, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, 2000-2011
  • Income Taxation of Trusts (Chapter 11), California Trust Administration, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, 2002-2011 (co-authored with Marc M. Stern)
  • Values-Based Estate Planning, Presentation to the Utah Valley Healthcare Foundation, October 12, 2010
  • Designating Retirement Plan Beneficiaries, 29th Annual UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute, May 2007 (co-presentation with Darryl W. Cluster)
  • Consultant, Complete Plans for Small and Mid-Size Estates, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, 2006
  • Split Dollar Life Insurance Update, USC Law School Institute on Federal Taxation, 2003 (co-presentation with Jon J. Gallo)
  • California Trustee Compensation in Practice, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 7, Issue 2, Summer 2001
  • Proposed Amendment of QTIP Trust Provision, California Tax Lawyer, Spring 2001 (co-authored with Leslie J. Daniels and Marc R. Isaacson)
  • Consultant, California Conservatorships and Guardianships, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, 2000
  • Bonding Requirements for Retirement Plan Assets in Conservatorship Proceedings, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1999 (co-authored with Terence S. Nunan)
  • Proposed Amendment of I.R.C. Section 2207A, Tax Notes Today, June 30, 1999 (co-authored with Elizabeth T. Pierson)

Other Professional


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (Wills & Estates; Advanced Estate Planning) Fall 2009 to the Present
  • Recipient: 2011 BYU Law School Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California (Gifts, Wills & Trusts) Spring 2003 through Spring 2008
  • Recipient: 2005 USC Student Bar Association Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award
  • Chair, Estate Tax Committee, Taxation Section Los Angeles County Bar Association 1999-2000 (Vice Chair, 1998-1999; Secretary, 1997-1998)
  • Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, Taxation Section Los Angeles County Bar Association 2000-2002
  • Member of the Utah, California and Pennsylvania Bars
  • Member, Salt Lake Estate Planning Council