Jeffrey J. Hunt
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EDUCATION
  • 1990, J.D., University of Utah, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, Utah Law Review
  • 1983, B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Past President, American Inns of Court, Sutherland Inn II
  • Past President, Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Past President, Alumni Board of Trustees of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Past Co-chair, Utah State Bar Mentor Training & Resource Committee
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section
  • Judicial Council Study Committee on Communications Technology in the Courtroom
  • Utah State Bar Examiner Review Committee, Constitutional Law
  • American Bar Association, First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Past Chair, Utah Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Lands
CLERKSHIPS
  • 1991, for the Honorable David K. Winder, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Jeffrey Hunt practices in the area of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on First Amendment, media, and intellectual property law. Mr. Hunt has more than 20 years’ experience litigating complex commercial cases involving a wide variety of industries and legal issues, including copyright, trademark, and patent enforcement actions; injunctions; securities litigation; enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure covenants for employers, foreign litigation and arbitration; and real property litigation. He has served as lead counsel on several high-stakes litigation matters for national and local companies. Mr. Hunt also has extensive experience representing direct sales and network marketing companies on a wide variety of legal issues, including complex litigation, state and federal regulatory compliance, and intellectual property enforcement actions.

In addition to his general commercial litigation practice, Mr. Hunt also is a nationally recognized First Amendment and media lawyer, having represented every major news organization in the state of Utah, as well as several national news organizations, including the Associated Press, CNN, Viacom, CBS, and Fox Television Stations, Inc. Mr. Hunt regularly represents media companies and individuals in state and federal courts, and counsels clients on defamation, privacy, intellectual property, freedom-of-information, First Amendment, anti-SLAPP, and related legal issues.

Mr. Hunt has long been recognized as a leading public advocate for open government in the state of Utah and for protecting the public’s right to know. He helped draft Utah’s open records statute – the Government Records Access & Management Act, known as “GRAMA,” — and frequently litigates on behalf of the news media and individuals for public access to government records, meetings, and court proceedings. Mr. Hunt represented a coalition of Utah’s leading news organizations in enacting the first reporter’s privilege in Utah to protect confidential news sources and newsgathering material. Mr. Hunt also helped draft and enact Utah’s first court rule allowing electronic media coverage of criminal and civil proceedings in Utah’s trial courts.

Mr. Hunt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in 1983. During the four years following, he was a Copy Editor for The Des Moines Register, and a Reporter for the Quad-City Times and Deseret News.

Mr. Hunt is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law and is a regular guest lecturer on First Amendment and Media Law at the University of Utah and Weber State University. In 1992, he founded the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline at Parr Brown, which provides free legal assistance to the public and journalists. He is a two-time recipient of the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award from the Utah Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and received an Honorary Publisher award from the Utah Press Association. In 2004, Mr. Hunt received the Service to Journalism Award from the University of Utah Department of Communications.

Mr. Hunt was ranked as a top Utah lawyer for First Amendment and media litigation by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2015 editions. He was recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2011-2014 for achievements in Commercial Litigation and Media Law. Mr. Hunt was selected for the 2006-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of First Amendment (2012) and most recently Litigation – First Amendment (2013) by Best Lawyers.  He has been continually recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers, and most recently was recognized among the “Top 10” Super Lawyers in the Intermountain area for 2014, and “Top 100″ Super Lawyers in the Intermountain area for 2015.  He has been continuously recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine in business litigation. Mr. Hunt has been awarded an AV rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • “Roundtable with Leading Legal Minds”
    Direct Selling Association 2014 Global Regulatory Conference, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2014
  • “Getting to Know your GRAMA: First Principles and Practice Tips”
    Utah Municipal Attorneys Association Conference, St. George, Utah, May 5, 2014
  • Media Law Resource Center, 2014
  • Media Law Resource Center, 2014
  • Paralegal Section, Utah State Bar, February 13, 2013
  • The Kings English Bookstore, Salt Lake City, October 2, 2012
  • San Diego, California, Utah State Bar Annual Convention, July 7, 2011
  • Utah Appellate Court Conference, Homestead Resort, Midway, Utah, June 22, 2011
  • Leaks, Leakers, and the Law
    First Amendment Day Speech, Iowa State University, April 6,2011
  • Save GRAMA Presentation, March 30, 2011
  • Utah State Bar Annual Meeting, Sun Valley, Idaho, July 17, 2010
  • Lorman Seminar, September 16, 2008
  • Association of Public Attorneys Conference, February, 2007
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2006
  • Keynote speech at the Society of Professional Journalists Regional Conference, April 9, 2005
  • Media Law Resource Center, Media Law Letter, 2004
  • Utah Headliners Chapter Society of Professional Journalists and Utah Foundation for Open Government (Co-edited with Michael P. O’Brien) (2003)
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Jeffrey Hunt has represented direct sales and network marketing companies for more than 20 years on a wide variety of legal issues, including complex litigation, foreign litigation and arbitration, injunctions, state and federal regulatory compliance, and intellectual property enforcement actions. He has served as lead counsel on a number of high-stakes litigation matters for industry clients across the country, and litigated the first case to obtain judicial recognition of distributor lists as trade secrets under Utah law. Mr. Hunt has substantial experience counseling and advising U.S.-based companies on foreign litigation matters, including in Japan.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Hunt regularly counsels and advises direct sales and network marketing companies on risk management, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and corporate governance issues.

Mr. Hunt also is a nationally recognized First Amendment and media lawyer, having represented every major news organization in the state of Utah, as well as several national news organizations, including the Associated Press, CNN, Viacom, CBS, and Fox Television Stations, Inc. Mr. Hunt regularly represents media companies in state and federal courts, and counsels clients on defamation, privacy, intellectual property, freedom-of-information, First Amendment, and related legal issues.

Mr. Hunt has long been recognized as a leading public advocate for open government in Utah and for protecting the public’s right to know. He helped draft Utah’s open records statute – the Government Records Access & Management Act, known as “GRAMA,” — and frequently litigates on behalf of the news media and individuals for public access to government records, meetings, and court proceedings. Mr. Hunt represented a coalition of Utah’s leading news organizations in enacting the first reporter’s privilege in Utah to protect confidential news sources and newsgathering material. Mr. Hunt also helped draft and enact Utah’s first court rule allowing electronic media coverage of criminal and civil proceedings in Utah’s trial courts.

Mr. Hunt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in 1983. During the four years following, he was a Copy Editor for The Des Moines Register, and a Reporter for the Quad-City Times and Deseret News.

Mr. Hunt is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law and is a regular guest lecturer on First Amendment and Media Law at the University of Utah and Weber State University. In 1992, he founded the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline at Parr Brown, which provides free legal assistance to the public and journalists. He is a two-time recipient of the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award from the Utah Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and received an Honorary Publisher award from the Utah Press Association. In 2004, Mr. Hunt received the Service to Journalism Award from the University of Utah Department of Communications.

Mr. Hunt was ranked as a top Utah lawyer for First Amendment and media litigation by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2014 editions. He was recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2011-2014 for achievements in Commercial Litigation and Media Law. Mr. Hunt was selected for the 2006-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of First Amendment (2012) and most recently Litigation – First Amendment (2013) by Best Lawyers. He has been continually recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers, and most recently was recognized among the “Top 10” Super Lawyers in the Intermountain area for 2014. He has been continuously recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine in business litigation. Mr. Hunt has been awarded an AV rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell.

Jeffrey Hunt practices in the area of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on First Amendment, media, and intellectual property law. Mr. Hunt is a nationally recognized First Amendment and media lawyer, having represented every major news organization in the state of Utah, as well as several national news organizations, including the Associated Press, CNN, Viacom, CBS, and Fox Television Stations, Inc. Mr. Hunt regularly represents media companies and individuals in state and federal courts, and counsels clients on defamation, privacy, intellectual property, freedom-of-information, First Amendment, anti-SLAPP, and related legal issues.

Mr. Hunt has long been recognized as a leading public advocate for open government in the state of Utah and for protecting the public’s right to know. He helped draft Utah’s open records statute – the Government Records Access & Management Act, known as “GRAMA,” — and frequently litigates on behalf of the news media and individuals for public access to government records, meetings, and court proceedings. Mr. Hunt represented a coalition of Utah’s leading news organizations in enacting the first reporter’s privilege in Utah to protect confidential news sources and newsgathering material. Mr. Hunt also helped draft and enact Utah’s first court rule allowing electronic media coverage of criminal and civil proceedings in Utah’s trial courts.

In additional to his First Amendment and media practice, Mr. Hunt has more than 20 years’ experience litigating complex commercial cases involving a variety of industries and legal issues, including copyright, trademark, and patent enforcement actions; injunctions; securities litigation; enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure covenants for employers, foreign litigation and arbitration; and real property litigation. He has served as lead counsel on a number of high-stakes litigation matters for national and local companies. Mr. Hunt also has extensive experience representing direct sales and network marketing companies on a wide variety of legal issues, including complex litigation, state and federal regulatory compliance, and intellectual property enforcement actions.

Mr. Hunt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in 1983. During the four years following, he was a Copy Editor for The Des Moines Register, and a Reporter for the Quad-City Times and Deseret News.

Mr. Hunt is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law and is a regular guest lecturer on First Amendment and Media Law at the University of Utah and Weber State University. In 1992, he founded the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline at Parr Brown, which provides free legal assistance to the public and journalists. He is a two-time recipient of the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award from the Utah Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and received an Honorary Publisher award from the Utah Press Association. In 2004, Mr. Hunt received the Service to Journalism Award from the University of Utah Department of Communications.

Mr. Hunt was ranked as a top Utah lawyer for First Amendment and media litigation by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2014 editions. He was recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2011-2014 for achievements in Commercial Litigation and Media Law. Mr. Hunt was selected for the 2006-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of First Amendment (2012) and most recently Litigation – First Amendment (2013) by Best Lawyers. He has been continually recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers, and most recently was recognized among the “Top 10” Super Lawyers in the Intermountain area for 2014. He has been continuously recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine in business litigation. Mr. Hunt has been awarded an AV rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • “Roundtable with Leading Legal Minds”
    Direct Selling Association 2014 Global Regulatory Conference, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2014
  • “Getting to Know your GRAMA: First Principles and Practice Tips”
    Utah Municipal Attorneys Association Conference, St. George, Utah, May 5, 2014
  • Media Law Resource Center, 2014
  • Media Law Resource Center, 2014
  • Paralegal Section, Utah State Bar, February 13, 2013
  • The Kings English Bookstore, Salt Lake City, October 2, 2012
  • San Diego, California, Utah State Bar Annual Convention, July 7, 2011
  • Utah Appellate Court Conference, Homestead Resort, Midway, Utah, June 22, 2011
  • Leaks, Leakers, and the Law
    First Amendment Day Speech, Iowa State University, April 6,2011
  • Save GRAMA Presentation, March 30, 2011
  • Utah State Bar Annual Meeting, Sun Valley, Idaho, July 17, 2010
  • Lorman Seminar, September 16, 2008
  • Association of Public Attorneys Conference, February, 2007
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2006
  • Keynote speech at the Society of Professional Journalists Regional Conference, April 9, 2005
  • Media Law Resource Center, Media Law Letter, 2004
  • Utah Headliners Chapter Society of Professional Journalists and Utah Foundation for Open Government (Co-edited with Michael P. O’Brien) (2003)

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