Michael S. Anderson
Direct: 801.257.7983
  • J.D., Columbia University; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Parker School Certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law; Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
  • LL.M., King's College London; With Distinction
  • Honors B.S., University of Utah; Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Utah
  • Appointed Member, Salt Lake County Community & Economic Development Advisory Council
  • Appointed Member (Legal Media Representative), Utah Judicial Council Standing Committee on Judicial Outreach
  • Secretary, Entertainment Law Section of Utah State Bar
  • Steering Committee Member, Meritas Global Entertainment Law Practice Group
  • ACLU of Utah
  • David K. Watkiss – Sutherland II Inn of Court
  • Media Law Resource Center

Mike’s practice involves complex commercial disputes regarding intellectual property, insurance, securities, and constitutional, international, and comparative law.  As a result of his unique background, he also has developed an expertise specific to media and entertainment law.  He has experience at all levels of litigation—from small claims to the Utah Supreme Court or U.S. district and circuit courts—and especially enjoys helping innovative startups find creative solutions to practical and legal dilemmas. 

With Parr Brown’s Media and First Amendment group, Mike helps businesses and individuals with a variety of privacy, defamation, and public-access issues under state and federal law.  He regularly assists journalists and others seeking access to information from the government through the Freedom of Information Act and Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) or Open and Public Meetings Act.

Since first joining Parr Brown, Mike has devoted a significant part of his practice to pro bono work.  Through Parr Brown’s Freedom of Information Hotline, he has handled numerous public-access cases.  With the ACLU, he and other Parr Brown attorneys challenged the constitutionality of Ogden’s “anti-gang injunction,” which the Utah Supreme Court invalidated as a result of their appeal.  On behalf of a coalition of media outlets, he helped secure the release of surveillance footage of a fatal shooting during a criminal proceeding in a federal courtroom.  And with other Parr Brown attorneys, he has been helping refugees seek asylum in the United States.

Mike’s accomplishments have been fueled by a tireless work ethic.  Prior to joining Parr Brown, he was a licensed stockbroker, won an award at an international film festival, managed political campaigns, backpacked throughout Europe twice, volunteered at a civil-rights organization to help families displaced by hurricanes, and slept at countless truck stops across the country as the singer and guitarist for a touring rock band.  During his first two years at Columbia Law School, he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar each year, elected by his peers to several governing bodies, selected for publication by the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, awarded recognition for achievement in international and comparative law, and chosen to join Columbia’s national moot court team in constitutional law.  Asked to direct that team in his second year, he led four Columbia teams to sweep first through fourth place nationally, which was unprecedented and remains unmatched.  During his third year, he moved to England and earned a master of laws from King’s College London with distinction, the school’s highest award.

But Mike is not particularly interested in fancy pieces of paper.  He instead enjoys all sorts of movies, books, music, travel, podcasts, and games, whether obsessing over sports analytics or defending his team’s title at “geek trivia” nights around town.  In 2013, he started a record label with other professional musicians, and the label’s first release reached #1 on Billboard’s list of independent albums, among other accolades.

Super Lawyers has named Mike a “Rising Star,” a recognition awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers each year.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Media Law Resource Center
  • Media Law Resource Center
Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Media Law Resource Center
  • Media Law Resource Center


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