Parr Brown Announces Three New Shareholders

Parr Brown Announces Three New Shareholders

The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that Laura Kennedy,  Jeffery Balls, and Megan Houdeshel have been promoted to shareholders.  “These three outstanding attorneys have earned their position as shareholders through their commitment to their work product and to our clients,” said Daniel Jensen, President of Parr Brown.

Laura G. Kennedy is a member of Parr Brown’s litigation team.  Laura’s ability to assist clients in navigating the litigation process stems in large part from having spent 15 years working as a judicial law clerk with the United States District Court, Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals. She received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1995, where she was the Managing Editor of the BYU Journal of Public Law and a recipient of the J. Reuben Clark and Douglas A. Parker Awards.  Ms. Kennedy currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Take Heart International and formerly served on the Board of Directors for Zambia’s Scholarship Fund.

Jeffery A. Balls is a member of Parr Brown’s Litigation team with a particular emphasis on helping clients with title, real property and construction law matters.   Jeff received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Economics, magna cum laude, from Utah State University in 2006.  He earned his Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif, from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law where he was Articles Editor of the Utah Law Review and a William H. Leary Scholar. Mr. Balls has been recognized in the 2013 edition of Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite “Up & Coming” lawyers in the area of civil litigation.  He was recently recognized in the 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”

Megan J. Houdeshel is a member of Parr Brown’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law team. She works with clients to assist them through the environmental permitting process and defends clients in enforcement proceedings before the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Along with Parr Brown’s environmental litigation team, Megan defends her clients’ environmental permits in agency adjudications and on appeal before Utah’s appellate courts.  Megan earned her Juris Doctor in 2009 from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law with high honors, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Land Resources and Environmental Law and received the Wallace Stegner Center Certificate in Natural Resources & Environmental Law.  Megan currently serves on the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee.  Prior to Parr Brown, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Justice Jill N. Parrish of the Utah State Supreme Court.  Megan was recently recognized in the 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”