Chad S. Pehrson

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LANGUAGES
  • Russian
EDUCATION
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School

  • M.S., Lehigh University

  • M.A., Carnegie Mellon University

  • H.B.A., University of Utah

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • California

  • Central District of California

  • Northern District of California

  • Southern District of California

  • District of Colorado

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Southern District of New York

  • Utah

  • District Of Utah

  • Western District Of Washington

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • American Chemistry Society

  • Federal Bar Association

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

Chad S. Pehrson

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Direct: 801.257.7989
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Mr. Pehrson is a member of Parr Brown’s commercial litigation group specializing in intellectual property and corporate governance.  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.  Each year since 2013, Mr. Pehrson has been named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property Litigation.  Most recently Mr. Pehrson has been selected by his peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in business litigation in Utah Business magazine.

Mr. Pehrson also has 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, Alucent Medical, 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 education, pro bono legal practice, and civic involvement.  Finding advocacy and teaching closely related, Mr. Pehrson enjoys his role as an adjunct professor in the MBA programs at Westminster University and Weber State University, where he has designed and taught courses on corporate governance, intellectual property, and contracts.  As part of an active pro bono docket, Mr. Pehrson has represented residential tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings, aided minors facing deportation proceedings, defended private individuals wrongly accused of copyright infringement, and assisted an elderly immigrant barber fight off claims unfortunately lodged against him after volunteering up garage space for a neighbor’s start-up business.  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.   From 2008 through 2012, Mr. Pehrson was a co-founder and Board Member of Playoff PAC, a federal political action committee dedicated to ethical and competitive reform within college football.  During his tenure, the PAC found success after filing 13 legal complaints and 213 public records requests.  Presently, Mr. Pehrson is the volunteer coach of his local elementary school’s chess club team, where he tries hard to teach kids that becoming and remaining a nerd is the most prudent long-term life strategy.

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 five children.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • Utah Business Law for Entrepreneurs and Managers (2016)
  • Parr Brown Saves Promising Technology Company, February 2013
    Case Study
  • University of Utah Chemistry Department
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Sports Law Conference
  • Westminster College-Gore School of Business
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Mr. Pehrson is a registered patent attorney with the requisite knowledge and experience to assist clients with challenging intellectual property issues—including those involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, commercial contracts and competition laws.   Mr. Pehrson often handles patent litigation; however, his commercial litigation experience is not confined to patent disputes.  Rather, he’s able to offer experience and judgment on related intellectual property and corporate governance claims, especially the types of governance claims that often emerge in medium-stage, fast-growing companies.  Mr. Pehrson has dispute and advising experience in numerous technical disciplines; while his academic background is in chemistry, he prides himself on quick study and enjoys learning the technology.  He is fully seasoned with respect to the District of Utah’s Local Patent Rules, and has also represented parties in patent and IP litigations in Texas, Georgia, New York, Washington, Colorado, Delaware, and each federal district in California.

In addition to dispute work, Mr. Pehrson also enjoys helping clients at all stages of IP issues—planning, acquisition, enforcement, and defense.  Mr. Pehrson’s substantial IP litigation experience provides non-litigation clients with helpful insight into potential regulatory, investor, secured lending, and competitive issues.  In addition to managing an active IP and commercial litigation docket, Mr. Pehrson represents clients whose needs range from long-range IP representation to simple trademark registrations or one-time freedom-to-operate opinions.  In providing IP advice, he finds his language training (M.A., rhetoric) to be as useful as his scientific training (M.S., chemistry) in thinking through how to describe complex technologies with the only tool available–inherently ambiguous English language words.   In his view, sometimes his most valuable advice comes when telling clients that given their particular situation, their valuable dollars may be better used to address needs other than securing registered intellectual property.

Each year since 2013, Mr. Pehrson has been named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property Litigation.  Mr. Pehrson provides intellectual property advice to a range of companies—from emerging software or med-tech companies to Fortune 100 public companies.  Recent clients include: Merit Medical, Cisco Systems, Silver Lake, Brigham Young University, ICON Health & Fitness, BetterBody Foods, Alucent Medical, Audintel, NetDocuments, GameWorks, and Avalon Health.

Representative Work:
Patent Litigation:

  • Currently representing software company plaintiff in three-patent dispute in District of Utah; successfully defeated motion to transfer to Defendant’s preferred jurisdiction.
  • Successfully represented California medical diagnostics company in patent litigation in the District of Utah; filed multiple successful motions to dismiss.
  • Successfully represented DNA-testing company in patent license dispute in Southern District of California.
  • In multi-party semiconductor patent litigation, successfully obtained transfer from Eastern District of Texas to Northern District of California, leading to a favorable settlement;
  • Successfully moved to dismiss indirect and willful patent infringement claims brought against fitness manufacturer in the Southern District of California, leading to favorable settlement;
  • Successfully moved to transfer trademark infringement claim from the District of Utah to the Southern District of New York, leading to favorable settlement;
  • In patent license litigation in the Southern District of New York, prepared extensive defense to licensor’s summary judgment motion leading to favorable settlement prior to motion adjudication;
  • In design patent litigation in the District of Utah, successfully moved to dismiss complaint requiring Plaintiff to amend multiple times; during discovery, filed appropriate Rule 11 motions which led to favorable settlement;
  • In multi-party interpleader action involving 9-figure claims pursuant to university’s intellectual property policy, successfully moved to stay litigation in favor of university academic proceedings, leading to favorable settlement;
  • Represented elite research institution in patent inventorship and trade secrets misappropriation dispute involving a highly successful biologic therapy, successfully presented evidence supporting theories, leading to 8-figure settlement;
  • In patent licensing dispute in Third District Court, implemented tactical strategy of filing multiple partial summary judgment motions, leading to dispositive litigation outcome;
  • Successfully defended against preliminary injunction motion in $80 million lawsuit alleging patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and other business tort claims; successfully moved to dismiss 12 of 15 claims, leading to favorable settlement;
  • In patent litigation in the District of Utah, successfully transferred case to the Northern District of California;
  • In the Eastern District of Texas, successfully defended Sony in smartwatch patent infringement action;

Other IP Litigation (Trade Secret, Trademark, Copyright, Antitrust, Competition)

  • Represented university in 31-expert, 9-figure trade secret litigation relating to alleged secrets filed in patent applications; extensive summary judgment, Daubert and pretrial briefing led to favorable settlement.
  • Represented software company in trade secret and copyright litigation filed in Northern District of California, moved to dismiss claims, proposed and managed substantive ADR process while motion pending, achieved favorable settlement leading to dismissal of litigation.
  • In trade secret litigation relating to secrets conveyed in the District of Utah
  • In trademark litigation in the District of Colorado, served Rule 68 offer in advance of numerous scheduled depositions, leading to favorable settlement;
  • In trademark litigation in the District of Utah, successfully asserted infringement and dilution claims leading to 7-figure settlement for software company client;
  • Regularly assess likely damage awards in large-value trademark litigation matters for hedge fund client;
  • Successfully defended copyright litigation in the Central District of California;

Counseling/Advice:

  • Regularly draft and negotiate intellectual property agreements;
  • Regularly assist large retailers, manufacturers, and technology companies in responding to and sending cease & desist letters on trademark and patent matters;
  • Regularly prepare patent litigation and licensing analyses for manufacturing, biomedical research and development, and medical device clients;
  • Regularly provide guidance on intellectual property issues and trade practices from a regulatory perspective, including FTC and FDA regulations.

Mr. Pehrson has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation, including expertise in securities and corporate governance disputes.  In these efforts, Mr. Pehrson has handled internal investigations, interactions with the SEC, DOJ and state regulators, state litigation involving duties of officers and directors, all sides of shareholder disputes, and litigation in federal court involving the federal securities laws.  In these efforts, Mr. Pehrson has worked on behalf of numerous national and local companies, within the technology and financial sectors, including Cardinal Health, the former officers, directors, and brokers of Lehman Brothers, Inc., Elpida Memory, Michaels Stores, Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake, the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York.

Mr. Pehrson is particularly committed to assisting with governance issues and disputes at the fast-growing companies on the Wasatch Front, including those with operations in California where Mr. Pehrson regularly travels to represent clients.  Since 2016, Mr. Pehrson has taught Ethics and Laws of Corporate Governance to graduate business students at the Westminster-Gore School of Business.

Representative Work:

  • In FINRA arbitration, successfully presented plaintiff investor’s case at 5-day trial, leading to an award granting full damages sought and attorney’s fees;
  • Obtained favorable settlement for opt-out shareholders in litigations against public company involved in financial reporting improprieties;
  • In Los Angeles Superior court, successfully dismissed fraud claims against officers and directors of public company;
  • Negotiated favorable settlement to action brought by Utah Division of Securities;
  • Represented officers, directors, and brokers of large investment bank in FINRA arbitrations;
  • Directed internal investigation into FCPA whistleblower claims; managed detailed presentations to DOJ which resulted in no action being taken against client;
  • In litigation in District of Utah, obtained favorable settlements for individual investor defrauded by financial advisors;
  • Represented client defending against a False Claims Act suit brought by the DOJ alleging in excess of $3 billion in improper Medicare expenses;
  • In litigation in District of Utah, representing public company client in litigation relating to proxy battles initiated by departed former executive;
  • In federal litigation in the Southern District of New York and the Western District of Washington, successfully represented shareholder plaintiffs in actions against audit firm based upon negligent public company audit; successfully defended motions to dismiss, leading to a favorable settlement;
  • In dissenting shareholder and derivative claims litigation in California Superior Court, stepped in as lead counsel in place of California firm, revised case theories and amended pleadings, won early discovery motion practice, and achieved favorable settlement following key deposition.
  • In federal litigation in the District of Utah, represented med-tech company in litigation alleging federal securities violations against rogue shareholders and investment brokers.
Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • Utah Business Law for Entrepreneurs and Managers (2016)
  • Parr Brown Saves Promising Technology Company, February 2013
    Case Study
  • University of Utah Chemistry Department
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Sports Law Conference
  • Westminster College-Gore School of Business

Distinctions

Parr Brown is consistently recognized by peers and clients for its sophisticated legal work.