Austin J. Riter
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LANGUAGE
  • Spanish
EDUCATION
  • 2007, J.D., University of Utah, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review
  • 2003, B.A., Yale University, summa cum laude
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • 2007Utah
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Utah State Bar, 2007
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member of Media Law Resource Center
  • Graduate of 2017 Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Leadership Utah Class
  • American Inns of Court, Sutherland Inn II
  • Utah Private Guardian ad Litem
CLERKSHIPS
  • 2007, Honorable Paul G. Cassell, U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District of Utah
  • 2007-2008, Honorable Jennifer W. Elrod, U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • 2008-2009, Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr., U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Austin Riter is a commercial litigator.  He has broad experience representing clients in a wide array of complex business and commercial litigation matters, including First Amendment, employment, intellectual property, appellate, contract, tort, real property, securities, and other general business disputes.  He has particular expertise in First Amendment and media litigation, including open records laws, access to court proceedings, defamation, and privacy; and in public and private employment law, including employment contracts and policies and procedures, employee misconduct, investigations, termination and discipline, and civil rights.

Mr. Riter is a periodic lecturer on federal courts and media and employment law-related issues and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College of Law.  He also dedicates a significant portion of his practice to pro bono legal work, including helping to staff the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline at Parr Brown, which provides free legal assistance to Utah journalists; representing plaintiffs in civil rights and wrongful conviction cases; and representing children as a Utah Private Guardian ad Litem in cases involving issues of custody, visitation, abuse, or neglect.

Mr. Riter’s experience includes trial and appellate litigation, mediation, and arbitration, and he is admitted to all state and federal courts in the State of Utah as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  His philosophy for his law practice is to be a problem solver for his clients, helping them to find legal and practical solutions to their disputes in a cost-effective manner.

From 2013-2017, Mr. Riter has been named to the Mountain States Super Lawyers list, a recognition received by the top five percent of Utah lawyers each year.  He has most recently been recognized by Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite “Up & Coming” lawyers.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • MLRC MediaLawLetter, July 2016
  • Utah Local Governments Trust Conference, March 2016
  • MLRC, 2015
  • MLRC, 2015
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2015
  • Utah Municipal Clerks Institute and Academy Conference, April 2015
  • KUER – NPR Utah, April 2015
  • KSL Broadcast News, August 2014
  • MLRC MediaLawLetter, August 2014
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2011
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Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • MLRC MediaLawLetter, July 2016
  • Utah Local Governments Trust Conference, March 2016
  • MLRC, 2015
  • MLRC, 2015
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2015
  • Utah Municipal Clerks Institute and Academy Conference, April 2015
  • KUER – NPR Utah, April 2015
  • KSL Broadcast News, August 2014
  • MLRC MediaLawLetter, August 2014
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2011

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