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Chad S. Pehrson

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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 infringement, as well as securities and antitrust litigation.  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, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, and former officers, directors, and brokers of Lehman Brothers, Inc.

Licensed to practice in California and Utah, Mr. Pehrson is also a registered patent attorney with litigation experience in multiple venues, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Colorado, the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the District of Utah.  In addition to handling matters in courts, he has helped clients arbitrate IP disputes at JAMS and financial disputes through FINRA.

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 maintains an active interest in pro bono legal practice and education.  He has represented residential tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings and also aided individuals facing deportation proceedings.  He has coached high school students participating in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Program, and mentored engineering students enrolled in technology entrepreneurship courses at Stanford University.

Mr. Pehrson was a co-founder of Playoff PAC and a member of the Board from 2008-2012.  Playoff PAC was a federal political action committee dedicated to ethical and competitive reform within college football.  Playoff PAC’s efforts were featured in numerous national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.  Among other accomplishments, Playoff PAC initiated government investigations that led to the discovery of legal and ethical violations committed by the Fiesta Bowl, and the eventual restructuring of the Fiesta’s leadership.

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.  With help from graduate fellowships from Phi Kappa Phi and the University of Utah Honors College, Mr. Pehrson earned a degree in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University.  

Representative Matters:

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.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
  • M.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • H.B.A., University of Utah

Bar Admissions

  • 2008, California
  • 2008, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • 2009, Northern District of California
  • 2010, Utah
  • 2011, District of Utah

Professional Activities

  • Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Capital Club
  • American Chemistry Society
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Russian


  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2008–09