D. Craig Parry
Shareholder
Direct: 801.257.7937
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LANGUAGE
  • Japanese
EDUCATION
  • 1994, J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, Editor, Harvard International Law Journal
  • 1990, B.S., International Business Management, summa cum laude and University Honors, Brigham Young University
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Committee Chair, International Law Section, Federal Bar Association
  • Board Member, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • World Trade Center of Utah
  • World Trade Association of Utah
  • Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Utah State Bar
CLERKSHIPS
  • For the Honorable Judge Walter J. Skinner, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Craig Parry is a partner whose diverse litigation practice includes an emphasis in technology, intellectual property (including patent, trademark and copyright infringement), unfair competition and trade secret cases and other complex litigation.  To his clients, he is a highly effective litigation strategist and an effective and financially responsible problem solver. He assists regional, national, and international clients in developing, obtaining, utilizing and protecting their intellectual property assets by negotiating and drafting licensing, distribution, joint venture, purchase and other agreements.

Mr. Parry’s practice also emphasizes cross-border transactions. Respected by clients, some of whom he has represented more than 20 years, Mr. Parry is known as a trusted adviser who takes the time to know and understand the client’s business, needs, and goals. He draws upon his extensive litigation experience in working with and advising clients on ways to set up and carrying out operations to minimize the risk of future litigation problems.

Mr. Parry frequently consults with U.S. companies entering or expanding into foreign markets, bringing to their attention and advising them on legal issues that bear on their business plans and discussing with them ways to enter and operate in the foreign market that fit with the company’s goals and strategies and the relevant legal environment. Once a strategy has been agreed upon, Mr. Parry assists his clients in setting up the business structure necessary to effectuate the plans, including establishing a business presence in the foreign jurisdiction, as necessary, and negotiating and drafting inter- and intra-company agreements, such as licensing, distribution, services, manufacturing, management, marketing, and joint venture agreements.

Mr. Parry lived and practiced law in Japan, speaks Japanese, and his practice frequently involves matters in the Pacific Rim. He advises and represents numerous Japanese companies doing business in the United States and Europe.  He also counsels and represents many U.S. companies doing business in Japan, Europe, and South America.

Mr. Parry’s extensive experience includes providing advice, counseling, and handling disputes for clients in the semi-conductor, professional sports, consumer electronics, computer software, pharmaceutical, workplace safety, lifestyle products, outdoor retail, industrial machinery, manufacturing, nutritional supplement, wholesale and retail foods, education, and other industries.

Mr. Parry served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, an international alliance of 170 commercial law firms with over 6,300 attorneys. Parr Brown’s membership in Meritas allows clients immediate access to high-quality, stringently vetted, reasonably priced, local law firms throughout the world.

Mr. Parry has a nationwide practice and is admitted to practice before State and Federal Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeals throughout the nation.  Mr. Parry is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Litigation, Intellectual Property and Litigation – Patent and has been consistently selected by his peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite, Top Lawyer in business litigation.

Representative Clients:

  • AdvoCare International
  • Alfwear, Inc. (dba Kühl Clothing)
  • Capital One Bank
  • Campbell Scientific
  • Dynamics Chocolates/Alpine Confections Canada
  • Enirgi Group (Canada, Australia)
  • Eversharp Pro Company (Taiwan)
  • Gastec Corp. (Japan)
  • ICON Health and Fitness
  • Kajima Corp. (Japan)
  • Layton Construction
  • Lefts-N-Rights, dba LIQWID
  • Marshall Radio Telemetry
  • MGN International, Inc.
  • Nagase Sangyo, K. K. (Japan)
  • Neways International
  • Nippon Intek, K. K. (Japan)
  • Norbest
  • Quadex Pharmaceuticals
  • Rion, K. K. (Japan)
  • Sanki Engineering (Japan)
  • Schneider Electric (Square D)
  • Scientia Vascular
  • Skullcandy
  • Thayne International
  • Utah High School Activities Association
  • Wilson-Davis & Co., Inc., Broker-dealer
Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • CASE STUDY:  Parr Brown Saves Promising Technology Company
    February 2013
  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, October 2006.
  • Journal of Managerial Issues
  • The Asian Century Business Report
  • presentation to clients, corporate counsel, and attorneys in Japan.
  • Utah Business
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Craig Parry has represented a wide variety of clients from around the world, particularly Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and Canada, doing business in the United States and U.S.-based companies doing business overseas for the past 20 years. Respected by clients as not only a legal but also business advisor, some of whom he has represented more than 20 years, Mr. Parry takes the time to know and understand the client’s business, needs, and goals. He draws upon his extensive litigation experience in working with and advising clients on ways to set up and carry out operations to minimize the risk of future litigation problems.

Mr. Parry’s studies at Harvard Law School emphasized international business transactions and dispute resolution. He lived and practiced law in Japan, speaks Japanese, and his practice frequently involves matters in the Pacific Rim.

Mr. Parry frequently consults with U.S. companies entering or expanding into foreign markets, bringing to their attention and advising them on legal issues that bear on their business plans and discussing with them ways to enter and operate in the foreign market that fit with the company’s goals and strategies and the relevant legal environment. Once a strategy has been agreed upon, Mr. Parry assists his clients in setting up the business structure necessary to effectuate the plans, including establishing a business presence in the foreign jurisdiction, as necessary, and negotiating and drafting inter- and intra-company agreements, such as licensing, distribution, services, manufacturing, management, marketing, and joint venture agreements. He assists regional, national, and international clients in developing, obtaining, utilizing, and protecting their intellectual property assets by negotiating and drafting licensing, distribution, joint venture, purchase and other agreements.

Recent sample transactions include assisting clients with the following:

  • Establish Joint Ventures to bid on and carry out World Bank-financed projects in Bangladesh and Nepal
  • Establish foreign business entities to undertake significant construction projects in Peru and Italy
  • Negotiate and draft all necessary agreements to establish overseas manufacturing, supply chains, and distribution channels for active-wear clothing throughout Asia and Europe
  • Put in place all necessary agreements, including agreements to protect intellectual property rights, for a U.S. life-style products company to expand sales throughout Europe and South America
  • Represent Taiwanese and Japanese companies in patent infringement lawsuits in the United States
  • Survey governmental regulations applicable to certain medicines in 40 countries to advise a client with respect to potential sales of an FDA-approved drug overseas
  • Advise a U.S. network marketing company on Japanese direct-sales regulations

Mr. Parry’s extensive experience includes providing advice, counseling, and handling disputes for clients in the semi-conductor, professional sports, consumer electronics, computer software, pharmaceutical, workplace safety, lifestyle products, outdoor retail, industrial machinery, manufacturing, nutritional supplement, wholesale and retail foods, education, and other industries.

Mr. Parry has also represented many U.S. and foreign clients involved in international dispute resolution.

Mr. Parry served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, an international alliance of 170 commercial law firms with over 6,300 attorneys. Parr Brown’s membership in Meritas allows clients immediate access to high-quality, stringently vetted, reasonably priced, local law firms throughout the world.

Mr. Parry has a nationwide practice and is admitted to practice before State and Federal Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeals throughout the nation.  Mr. Parry is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Litigation, Intellectual Property and Litigation – Patent and has been consistently selected by his peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite, Top Lawyer in business litigation.

Representative Clients:

  • AdvoCare International
  • Alfwear, Inc. (dba Kühl Clothing)
  • Capital One Bank
  • Campbell Scientific
  • Dynamics Chocolates/Alpine Confections Canada
  • Enirgi Group (Canada, Australia)
  • Eversharp Pro Company (Taiwan)
  • Gastec Corp. (Japan)
  • ICON Health and Fitness
  • Kajima Corp. (Japan)
  • Layton Construction
  • Lefts-N-Rights, dba LIQWID
  • Marshall Radio Telemetry
  • MGN International, Inc.
  • Nagase Sangyo, K. K. (Japan)
  • Neways International
  • Nippon Intek, K. K. (Japan)
  • Norbest
  • Quadex Pharmaceuticals
  • Rion, K. K. (Japan)
  • Sanki Engineering (Japan)
  • Schneider Electric (Square D)
  • Scientia Vascular
  • Skullcandy
  • Thayne International
  • Utah High School Activities Association
  • Wilson-Davis & Co., Inc., Broker-dealer

Sample International Publications & Speaking Engagements:

  • Panelist, International Law Symposium
    Brigham Young University, 2016
  • Presenter, Legal Considerations in Expanding Business Overseas
    Utah World Trade Center, 2015
  • Presenter, Legal Pitfalls of International Business Operations
    Utah Global Forum, 2014
  • The Importance of Wa When Doing Business in Japan
    Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, October 2006
  • A Study of Trust in Japanese-American Joint Ventures
    Journal of Managerial Issues
  • Japanese Business Practices: Myth and Reality
    The Asian Century Business Report
  • Protecting and Enhancing Intellectual Property Rights in the United States
    Presentation to clients, corporate counsel, and attorneys in Japan
  • Bridging The Cultural Divide
    Utah Business

A significant portion of Craig Parry’s practice over the past 15 years has involved advising and representing direct marketing companies including, Neways, Nu Skin, Nutritional Life Lines, and Pinnacle Nutrition.  He has represented direct marketing companies with compliance issues, intellectual property matters, and in litigation, particularly trade secret and non-compete litigation against former distributors.  Mr. Parry’s practice frequently involves matters in the Pacific Rim. He advises and represents several U.S. direct marketing companies doing business in Japan.

Mr. Parry has represented U.S.-based direct marketing companies in a variety of foreign matters including registration and compliance under Japanese law, intellectual property infringement and protection, cross-recruiting, and false advertising. He assisted with the divestiture of a U.S. partner’s share of a direct marketing company to a Japanese partner and has handled matters involving product compliance with pharmaceutical laws, sales tax issues, securities and anti-pyramiding laws and compliance with state direct selling and direct marketing laws.

Before joining Parr Brown, Mr. Parry practiced at a Japanese law firm in Tokyo where he served as counsel for R.J. Reynolds Japan, Mitsui, Gallo Wines Japan, Mitsubishi, Matsushita and other multinational clients.

Publications & Seminars:

  • Interview, “Bridging The Cultural Divide,” Utah Business, May 2004.
  • “A Study of Trust in Japanese-American Joint Ventures,” Journal  of Managerial Issues.
  • “Japanese Business Practices: Myth and Reality,” The Asian Century Business Report.
  • Protecting and Enhancing Intellectual Property Rights in the United States, presented in Japanese, Tokyo, Japan, 2003.
Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • CASE STUDY:  Parr Brown Saves Promising Technology Company
    February 2013
  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, October 2006.
  • Journal of Managerial Issues
  • The Asian Century Business Report
  • presentation to clients, corporate counsel, and attorneys in Japan.
  • Utah Business

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