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.
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, 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 four children.
Recent Invited Presentations:
- "Chemical Patent Litigation," University of Utah Chemistry Department, November 2012.
- “Tax Liability of College Football’s Bowl Entities," Thomas Jefferson School of Law Sports Law Conference, "The BCS and the Future of Big-Time College Football," November 2011.
- "What Every Businessperson Must Know About Intellectual Property Law," Westminster College-Gore School of Business, October 2011.