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
October 2022: Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah) announced Best Lawyers in America has recognized 56 attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2023, including five as “Lawyer of the Year” – a category that is presented to only one attorney in a given geographical region and practice area for each year’s edition – and 10 attorneys as “Ones to Watch” – new attorneys who are notably climbing the legal ranks. The 2023 Best Lawyers in America list includes attorneys in Parsons’ Boise and Idaho Falls, Idaho offices, Reno, Nevada office and Salt Lake City office. Parsons is also currently ranked as a top law firm in 59 practice areas in Idaho, Nevada and Utah collectively. Parsons’ attorneys who achieved Best Lawyer ranking and “Lawyer of the Year” status are as follows: David R. Bird, Government Relations Practice; Vicki M. Baldwin, Energy Law; Julianne P. Blanch, Insurance Law; Shawn C. Ferrin, Real Estate Law; Michael J. Malmquist, Mining Law.
July 2022: Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah) announced they officially welcomed a total of 31 new attorneys to the firm who previously practiced at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough (Jones Waldo). With more than 180 attorneys, this move solidifies Parsons as one of the largest preeminent law firms in the Intermountain West. Today, Parsons also announces that for the first time in its 140-year history, it has opened a new, full-service office in Park City, Utah, bringing its total to eight offices in the Intermountain Region. The firm also announced that Erik A. Christiansen was sworn in as the president-elect of the Utah State Bar. Christiansen is a shareholder and bet-the-company litigator at Parsons with more than 30 years’ experience in high-stakes litigation. He is also the recipient of numerous accolades in the legal and educational communities. Christiansen will serve as president-elect from July 2022 through July 2023 after which he will serve as president of the Utah State Bar from July 2023 through July 2024. In addition to being a seasoned litigator on Parsons’ litigation practice team, Christiansen has devoted years of service to his alma mater the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, serving as an adjunct professor of law, and being named Alumnus of the Year in 2019. He has been ranked by numerous legal ranking publications, including Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States SuperLawyers, and “Utah Legal Elite” Utah Business Magazine. Christiansen maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating.
January 2022: Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah) announced Hal J. Pos was presented with the Edward W. Clyde Distinguished Service Award by the Energy, Natural Resource & Environmental Law section of the Utah State Bar.
November 2021: Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah), announced the inclusion of 26 of its attorneys in the 2021 issue of Mountain States Super Lawyers, including two of its shareholders in the Top 10 and Top 100 ranking; five shareholders in the Top 50 Women ranking and one shareholder who has been recognized by Super Lawyers for 10 or more years running.
March 2021: Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah) announced the addition of two new attorneys to its Employment and Labor practice team: Jacob T. Muklewicz joins as shareholder and Laurence B. Irwin joins as of counsel. Mr. Muklewicz counsels and advises large multinational corporations, local businesses, individual investors, and professionals in areas involving employment-based immigration law. Mr. Irwin specializes in employment and labor law and has worked extensively with Department of Energy contractors. Parsons also announced its new Board of Directors and officers for 2021; Shawn C. Ferrin, chairperson and chief executive officer (CEO); Richard J. Angell, director and vice president; Brook B. Bond, director, vice president and secretary; Bruce H. White, director, vice president and treasurer; and Juliette P. White, director and vice president. Additionally, the firm elected its largest group of shareholders in the firm’s history and these new shareholders represent the next generation of Parsons’ attorneys. Emily D. Holt, Banking and Finance and Real Estate law; Eric U. Johnson, Complex Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property, Government Investigations; Nicole Salazar-Hall, Civil Litigation and Domestic Law; Andrew R. Alder, Healthcare Law, Employment, and Labor Litigation; Jason R. Mau, Employment and Labor, Commercial, Real Estate, Construction, and Employment; Slade D. Sokol, Complex Business Disputes and Medical Malpractice; Robert J. Couch, Business and Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation; Ross P. Keogh, Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources, Real Estate, and Tax; Gregory Morrison, Environmental and Natural Resource law, Water Law; Ashley C. Nikkel, Commercial Disputes, Bankruptcy, Environmental and Natural Resources.
December 2020: Parson Behle & Latimer (Utah) announced that their Litigation, Trials and Appeals department chair Julianne Blanch was named by Utah Business Magazine as one of its 2020 “Women of the Year.”
October 2020: Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah) 50 attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America, including eight as “Lawyer of the Year” and four additional attorneys as “One to Watch.”
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.