Jenifer Tomchak has extensive experience representing clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including professional and legal malpractice defense, commercial banking and equipment finance litigation, securities and investment litigation, and employment litigation. She is well recognized and admired by other Utah lawyers for the quality of her work. She is an excellent writer and an accomplished oral advocate, regularly handling hearings in both federal and state courts. Clients appreciate her dedication to their cases and trust her to provide sound advice on how to resolve their legal issues. Ms. Tomchak has been praised by her clients for her efficient and effective approach to litigation. She serves as legal counsel to a number of small, midsize, national, and international companies, utilizing the significant resources available at Parr Brown to address the broad spectrum of legal challenges routinely confronting business leaders.
Professional and Legal Malpractice Liability Defense: Ms. Tomchak has significant experience defending individual attorneys, law firms, and other professionals against claims alleging malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence. She has been able to substantially limit the defense costs and risk of exposure for national and regional law firms and their attorneys by effectively using dispositive motions and discovery techniques to narrow the claims and potential damages asserted against them. All of which contribute to her successful record and ability to defend cases in a cost effective manner. These attributes are exemplified by her recent cases, including successfully resolving claims filed against a regional firm in the firm’s favor on a motion to dismiss; and successfully resolving claims filed against a regional firm and its attorneys in their favor on a motion for summary judgment.
Commercial Banking and Equipment Finance Litigation: Ms. Tomchak has extensive experience representing clients in litigation relating to commercial banking and equipment finance laws. She represents international banks and companies in connection with enforcing their rights under equipment leases and loans through litigation, workout deals, and collection efforts. She has also represented clients in a wide variety of commercial banking litigation, including in cases with issues relating to depository and payor/drawee bank and lending liability under the Utah Uniform Commercial Code and the Truth in Lending Act.
Securities and Investment Litigation: Ms. Tomchak has significant experience pursuing and defending securities-related claims. She has represented numerous investors in litigation against promotors and others involved in perpetrating investment fraud through Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent conduct. She has also defended large companies and officers from derivative actions and claims by minority shareholders.
Employment Law: Ms. Tomchak handles a wide variety of employment law issues. She has significant experience with employment litigation, including trade secret disputes, enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, enforcement and defense of severance and ERISA claims, and other types of wage and discrimination claims. As part of her employment practice, Ms. Tomchak regularly advises clients with respect to employment contracts and their employment-based immigration needs, including temporary and permanent work visas, worksite enforcement, and foreign investment visas.
Since early in her career, Ms. Tomchak has been recognized for her skilled representation of clients in litigation. In 2008-2016, Ms. Tomchak was recognized in Mountain States Super Lawyers as a ‘Rising Star.’ In April of 2009, she was recognized by Utah Business magazine as one of “Utah’s 30 Women to Watch.” She has also continuously listed in Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in business litigation.
A graduate of Utah State University, Ms. Tomchak received her B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, a minor in Spanish, and a Certificate in International Relations. She interned in Washington, DC for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, and then earned both her M.B.A. and J.D. in 2004 from the University of Utah, Order of the Coif. Prior to joining Parr Brown, she clerked for Utah Supreme Court Justice Matthew Durrant.
Ms. Tomchak makes significant contributions to her profession and community. She is the immediate Past President of the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and has previously served on that board as the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, its Treasurer, and its President-Elect. She is a Past President of the Utah Young Lawyers Division and continues to serve on that board as the Chair of the Green Utah Committee. She has also previously chaired Young Lawyers Division’s Community Service Committee. She also serves on the board of the Litigation Section, where she chairs its Aiding the Judiciary Subcommittee and Young Lawyers Committee. She is an active member of the Women Lawyers of Utah’s and has served on a number of committees for that organization. She is an organizing member of the Books from Barristers Program for the Utah State Bar. She continues to work on diversity issues, having served a Fellowship with the MultiCultural Legal Center and as a current member of the Utah Minority Bar Association.
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