Chad S. Pehrson
Direct: 801.257.7989
  • Russian
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
  • M.S., Lehigh University
  • M.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • H.B.A., University of Utah
  • California
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • District of Colorado
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Southern District of New York
  • Utah
  • District Of Utah
  • Western District Of Washington
  • American Chemistry Society
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Mr. Pehrson is a member of Parr Brown’s commercial litigation group.  He directs various types of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on intellectual property disputes, including patent and trademark infringement, as well as securities and antitrust litigation.  Mr. Pehrson is a registered patent attorney with litigation experience in multiple venues, including federal courts in New York, Texas, Colorado, Georgia, California and Utah.  In patent disputes, he finds his language training (M.A., rhetoric) to be as useful as his scientific training (M.S., chemistry) in distilling complex scientific material into coherent information sets to be consumed by non-specialist judges and juries.  Each year since 2013, Mr. Pehrson has been named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property Litigation.  Most recently Mr. Pehrson has been selected by his peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in business litigation in Utah Business magazine.

Mr. Pehrson also has substantial dispute resolution experience in non-litigation forums, including mediating IP disputes at JAMS, arbitrating financial disputes through FINRA, and handling administrative actions in front of the SEC and the Utah Division of Securities.  In these efforts, Mr. Pehrson has worked on behalf of numerous national and local companies, within the technology and financial sectors, including Cisco Systems, Elpida Memory, Michaels Stores, Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake, Brigham Young University, LIQWID, ICON Health & Fitness, the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, and former officers, directors, and brokers of Lehman Brothers, Inc.

Mr. Pehrson maintains an active interest in pro bono legal practice, education, and civic involvement.  He has represented residential tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings and also aided minors facing deportation proceedings.  He has coached high school students participating in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Program, mentored engineering students enrolled in technology entrepreneurship courses at Stanford University, and also taught through Utah’s “Constitution Day” civics education program.   Mr. Pehrson serves on multiple boards at the University of Utah, including the Young Alumni Board for the University Alumni Association and the Alumni Board for the University Honors College.  Mr. Pehrson also enjoys conducting volunteer admissions interviews for Vanderbilt University Law School.  From 2008 through 2012, Mr. Pehrson was a co-founder and Board Member of Playoff PAC, a federal political action committee dedicated to ethical and competitive reform within college football.  During his tenure, the PAC found success in filing heavily researched administrative complaints.

Prior to joining Parr Brown, Mr. Pehrson was an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Palo Alto, CA, and a law clerk to United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson of the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Pehrson also worked as a law clerk with Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, D.C. and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, GA.  For many years, Mr. Pehrson owned and managed a small landscaping business.

Mr. Pehrson earned an honors degree from the University of Utah, where he received assistance from National Merit and University Presidential scholarships, and worked in the office of former President Bernard J. Machen.  Mr. Pehrson also earned an MA in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Chemistry from Lehigh University.  While completing his law degree at Vanderbilt University Law School, Mr. Pehrson was voted by his peers as “Outstanding Third-Year Editor” of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.  Mr. Pehrson and his wife are the parents of five children.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • Utah Business Law for Entrepreneurs and Managers (2016)
  • Parr Brown Saves Promising Technology Company, February 2013
    Case Study
  • University of Utah Chemistry Department
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Sports Law Conference
  • Westminster College-Gore School of Business
  • In multi-party semiconductor patent litigation, successfully obtained transfer from Eastern District of Texas to Northern District of California, leading to a favorable settlement;
  • Successfully moved to dismiss indirect and willful patent infringement claims brought against fitness manufacturer in the Southern District of California, leading to favorable settlement;
  • Successfully moved to transfer trademark infringement claim from the District of Utah to the Southern District of New York, leading to favorable settlement;
  • In patent license litigation in the Southern District of New York, prepared extensive defense to licensor’s summary judgment motion leading to favorable settlement prior to motion adjudication;
  • In design patent litigation in the District of Utah, successfully moved to dismiss complaint requiring Plaintiff to amend multiple times; during discovery, filed appropriate Rule 11 motions which led to favorable settlement;
  • In multi-party interpleader action involving 9-figure claims pursuant to university’s intellectual property policy, successfully moved to stay litigation in favor of university academic proceedings, leading to favorable settlement;
  • In trademark litigation in the District of Colorado, served Rule 68 offer in advance of numerous depositions, leading to favorable settlement without need to incur further fact discovery expenses;
  • In copyright litigation in the District of Utah, successfully presented damages arguments during settlement negotiations, leading to favorable settlement;
  • Assessed likely damage awards in large-value trademark litigation matters for hedge fund client;
  • Prepared patent litigation and licensing analyses for networking client;
  • In patent licensing dispute in Third District court, implemented tactical strategy of filing multiple partial summary judgment motions, leading to dispositive litigation outcome;
  • Successfully defended against preliminary injunction motion in $80 million lawsuit alleging patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and other business tort claims; successfully moved to dismiss 12 of 15 claims, leading to favorable settlement;
  • Successfully transferred patent litigation involving dental lasers and curing lights to the Northern District of California;
  • Successfully defended copyright litigation in the Central District of California;
  • Regularly assists large retailers, manufacturers, and technology companies in responding to and sending cease & desist letters on trademark and patent matters;
  • Regularly provides guidance on regulatory compliance, including FTC advertising regulations;
  • In Los Angeles Superior court, successfully dismissed fraud claims against officers and directors of public company;
  • Negotiated favorable settlement to action brought by Utah Division of Securities;
  • Represented officers, directors, and brokers of large investment bank in FINRA arbitration;
  • Directed internal investigation into FCPA whistleblower claims; detailed presentations to DOJ resulted in no action being taken against client;
  • Obtained favorable settlement for shareholders in action against company involving financial improprieties;
  • Obtained favorable settlements for individual investor defrauded by financial advisors;
  • Represented client defending against a False Claims Act suit brought by the DOJ alleging in excess of $3 billion in improper Medicare expenses;
  • In a pro bono matter, forced voluntary dismissal of unlawful detainer action on behalf of tenant;
  • In a pro bono matter, represented undocumented children facing deportation;
  • In a pro bono matter, successfully settled dispute regarding estate proceeds.
Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • Utah Business Law for Entrepreneurs and Managers (2016)
  • Parr Brown Saves Promising Technology Company, February 2013
    Case Study
  • University of Utah Chemistry Department
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Sports Law Conference
  • Westminster College-Gore School of Business


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