Parsons Behle & Latimer, founded in 1882, is one of the oldest and best known law firms in the intermountain region. The firm’s first clients were in the business of mining – one of the major industries that helped fuel the growth of the Utah area. Over time, the firm’s reputation and client base have grown with the dynamic intermountain region. With offices in Salt Lake City, Boise, Las Vegas, Reno, Spokane and Washington D.C., the firm offers its clients the resources and capabilities of a large and diverse firm, coupled with the highest levels of accessibility and responsiveness. With more than 130 attorneys, it brings a depth and range of experience to seven major practice areas: corporate transactions, securities & tax; employment & labor; environmental, energy & natural resources; government relations & lobbying; intellectual property; litigation, trials& appeals; and real estate.
Banking & Finance
Corporate Restructuring & Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Corporate Transactions & Securities
Divorce & Family
Employment & Labor
Energy & Utilities
Environmental & Natural Resources
Government Relations & Lobbying
Intellectual Property Litigation
Litigation, Trials & Appeals
May 2020: Chambers USA Guide, a preeminent legal ranking and resource guide named Parsons Behle & Latimer among the top law firms in Utah in its 2020 issue. Parsons Behle & Latimer received Chambers’s highest ranking (band one) in the practice areas of Environment, Natural Resources Regulated Industries as well as Commercial Litigation. In the Real Estate practice area, Parsons received the second-highest ranking – band two and a band three ranking in the areas of Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Intellectual Property. In 2020, Their Labor and Employment department rose to band two. Click here to read the full press release.
April 2020: Parsons Behle & Latimer’sCOVID-19 online Resource Center was recognized by one of Utah’s largest newspapers, The Deseret News. Click here to read the full article.
March 2020: Brent Baker, Jonathan Bletzacker and Aaron Lebenta have joined Utah member firm Parsons Behle & Latimer in its litigation, securities and regulatory enforcement practice group. Mr. Baker concentrates his practice on SEC enforcement and regulatory defense, private securities litigation and government and independent investigations. In his regulatory practice, Mr. Bletzacker assists clients in solving sophisticated SEC-related issues and has successfully represented clients against the SEC in multiple federal district courts in the U.S. Finally, Mr. Lebenta represents clients in civil litigation, appellate work, internal investigations and defense of government and regulatory enforcement actions by the SEC, state and federal agencies. The firm’s litigation, trials and appeals practice group is one of largest, most experienced and diverse teams in the Intermountain Region. Also at Parsons Behle & Latimer, Julianne Blanch has been admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. There are currently approximately only 5,800 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows and Honorary Fellows. Ms. Blanch is chairperson of the firm’s litigation, trial and appeals practice group. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
September 2019: Through a corporate transaction engineered by Utah member firm Parsons Behle & Latimer, its client, Navajo Transitional Energy Company, received bankruptcy court approval last month to purchase all mining assets of Cloud Peak Energy Company. NTEC will also purchase the Spring Creek mine in Montana. The transaction will make NTEC the third-largest coal producer in the country. The Parsons Behle team was led by Nora Pincus, who specializes in representing clients in high value asset transactions and financings involving mining and oil and gas properties, renewable energy projects, resort real estate and ranching. Others on the team included Bruce White and Michael Brown, who provided strategic guidance on the bankruptcy and corporate structuring aspects of the transaction; Kevin Johnson, who handled the mining and operations issues; and Shane Hanna, who handled many of the core corporate transaction matters.
September 2018: Utah member firm Parsons Behle & Latimer has launched Parsons Behle Lab, which is led by Kimball Dean Parker. Mr. Parker, who is also head of LawX, a legal design lab at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, said the Parsons Behle Lab’s objective is to sell legal services at a fraction of the typical cost to primarily small or midsized businesses that otherwise would not buy them. One recent example of the Lab’s success is its development of an automated interview tool called GDPRIQ, which for $10,000 creates a full set of legal documents to comply with the European data privacy law, enabling the firm to serve a much broader swath of its client base at a far more affordable price – and to do it much more quickly. For his efforts to make the law more accessible, Mr. Kimball recently received a Fastcase 50 Award, which honors “the law’s smartest, most courageous, techies, visionaries, and leaders.” He was also named the 2018 Cyber Pioneer by the Utah Bar and one of “Forty under 40” by Utah Business magazine.
August 2017: John Lund of Utah member firm Parsons Behle & Latimer was sworn in as president of the Utah State Bar at its annual convention, which was held last month in Sun Valley, Idaho. He will serve a one-year term, during which he hopes to educate the public about how Utah’s 10,000 active lawyers can be more helpful and affordable to them. Mr. Lund’s practice is focused on litigation throughout the Intermountain West, where he has successfully tried cases involving ski resorts, real estate, products liability and catastrophic injuries. He recently concluded several years of service as a member of the Utah Judicial Council and continues to chair the advisory committee on evidence for the Utah Supreme Court.
July 2017: Kimball Dean Parker of Utah member firm Parsons Behle & Latimer has been tapped to lead LawX, a legal design lab at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School that will create products and other solutions addressing the pressing challenges associated with obtaining access to legal services. Each term, LawX will address one legal hurdle that makes the law inaccessible in Utah. The first LawX project – slated for fall 2017 – will focus on helping self-represented defendants answer a lawsuit. The project will be directed at people who do not understand how to respond to a lawsuit and might not have the resources to hire an attorney. Mr. Parker will work closely with BYU’s law school dean D. Gordon Smith to implement and oversee this program. Mr. Parker is a member of the firm’s litigation department where he concentrates his practice on litigation and intellectual property. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.
February 2017: Nicholas Frandsen, Alan Mouritsen, Nora Pincus, Brian Rothschild, Jacob Santini and Bruce White have been named shareholders at Utah member firm Parsons Behle & Latimer. Mr. Frandsen is a member of the firm’s litigation department and concentrates his practice on banking and finance, employment and labor, and commercial litigation. He graduated from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. Mr. Mouritsen is a member of the firm’s litigation department and concentrates his practice on appeals, administrative law, personal injury, and copyright and trademark litigation. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Ms. Pincus is a member of the environmental, energy and natural resources department and focuses on all aspects of natural resource development, land use and real estate, with emphasis on oil and gas exploration and production, mining, real estate development and renewable energy projects. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Mr. Rothschild is a member of the corporate restructuring and chapter 11 bankruptcy department and represents debtors and creditors in distressed situations and opportunities, including in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, FDIC, SEC, and state law receiverships, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed asset sales, mergers, and acquisitions. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Mr. Santini is a member of the environmental, energy and natural resources and litigation departments. He concentrates his practice on regulatory and permitting issues, focusing on air quality law. His litigation practice includes environmental and natural resources litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Finally, Mr. White is a member of the corporate transactions and securities department and concentrates his practice on all aspects of corporate law, business transactions, corporate financing and corporate reorganizations. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Law. Also at Parsons Behle & Latimer, its shareholders have elected Raymond Etcheverry, Hal Pos, Michael Kealy, Michael Petrogeorge and Kristine Johnson as the 2017 board of directors. Mr. Etcheverry will serve as chairman of the board; Mr. Pos, as vice chairman and president; Messrs. Petrogeorge and Kealy, as vice presidents; and Ms. Johnson, as vice president and secretary.