Awards & Recognitions

26 Parr Brown Attorneys Named As Utah’s Legal Elite 2021

Utah Business Magazine has named 26 of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless attorneys as Utah’s Legal Elite for 2021. The list of Utah’s Legal Elite is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others. To contact a recognized attorney, click on any of the names listed below.

 

The following are the Parr Brown attorneys included in Utah’s Legal Elite for 2021, listed by practice area:

 

Banking/Financial:

Kara M. Houck

 

Civil Litigation:

James L. Ahlstrom

Rodger M. Burger

Steven R. Glauser

Jonathan O. Hafen

Stephen E. W. Hale

Michael T. Hoppe

Cynthia D. Love

Justin P. Matkin

Sara M. Nielson

 

Constitutional Law:

Jeffrey J. Hunt

David C. Reymann

 

Energy & Natural Resources Law:

Daniel A. Jensen

Matthew E. Jensen

Kassidy J. Wallin

 

Environmental Law:

Erin H. St. John

 

Estate Planning Law:

Kent H. Collins

Stephen M. Sargent

 

Labor & Employment Law:

Cheylynn Hayman

Bentley J. Tolk

 

Mergers and Acquisitions:

Nathanael D. Paynter

 

Real Estate Law:

Roger D. Henriksen

Robert. A McConnell

Lamont R. Richardson

 

Tax Law:

Chase T. Manderino

Previous Awards and Recognitions

Utah Business Magazine has named 26 of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless attorneys as Utah’s Legal Elite for 2021.

The list of Utah’s Legal Elite is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is delighted to announce they have been ranked both Regionally and Nationally by U.S. News – Best Lawyers© in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list.

Regionally for the Salt Lake Metropolitan Area they were ranked in 32 Tier-1 practice areas. Nationally they were ranked in 1 Tier-3 practice area.

According to the publication, “Firms included in the list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity”.
32 lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021.

“We are honored that so many of Parr Brown’s lawyers have once again been recognized as some of the finest lawyers in Utah,” said Bentley Tolk, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “We congratulate all of our lawyers who have earned this recognition through their high-quality work, professionalism, and dedication to our valued clients.”
Twenty-six attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2020 Mountain States Super Lawyers” and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition.

The Rising Stars designation honors leading Utah attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and several of its attorneys have been ranked in the top tiers of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighted on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

Parr Brown and its attorneys are proud to be recognized in the following areas:

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions (Seth R. King)
Real Estate Law (David E. Gee, Robert A. McConnell, and Lamont R. Richardson)
Environmental, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries (Steven J. Christiansen, Daniel A. Jensen, and Matthew E. Jensen)
Commercial Litigation (Robert S. Clark, Stephen E.W. Hale, Jeffrey J. Hunt, and Jonathan O. Hafen)
Labor and Employment Law (Heidi Leithead-Villa)
Utah Business Magazinehas named 22 of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless attorneys as Utah’s Legal Elite for 2020.

The list of Utah’s Legal Elite is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
Parr Brown was recognized and awarded by Benchmark Litigation as Utah Firm of the Year. This was Benchmark Litigation’s ninth annual US awards in which it recognizes the country’s most distinguished litigators and their firms for their work over the past twelve months.

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the US. Research is conducted through extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, we examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to provide their professional opinions on peers and practitioners within their jurisdiction or practice area. More of Benchmark Litigation’s methodology can be found here.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is delighted to announce they have been ranked both Regionally and Nationally by U.S. News – Best Lawyers© in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list.

Regionally for the Salt Lake Metropolitan Area they were ranked in 31 Tier 1 practice areas. Nationally they were ranked in 1 Tier 3 practice area.

According to the publication, “Firms included in the list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity."
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announces that 32 lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020.

“We are honored that so many of our lawyers have once again been recognized by their peers as some of the finest lawyers in our legal community,” said Robert McConnell, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “Our congratulations and thanks are extended to each of the Parr Brown attorneys who have earned this recognition through their consistent efforts, professionalism, and dedication to our valued clients.”
Thirty-one corporate attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2019 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition.

The Rising Stars designation honors leading Utah attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and several of its attorneys have been ranked in the top tiers of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighted on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
Utah Business Magazine has named 33 of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless attorneys as Utah’s Legal Elite for 2019. The list of Utah’s Legal Elite is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is delighted to announce they have been received 38 Tier 1 Regional rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers© in the recently released 2019 “Best Law Firms” list.

According to the publication, “Firms included in the list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Top Tier law firm by our clients and our peers. To be recognized at the Tier 1 Regional Level in 38 different practice areas demonstrates the depth and breadth of our expertise and the high quality of our lawyers. We will continue to strive to efficiently provide outstanding legal work for the clients we serve,” noted Jonathan Hafen, President of Parr Brown.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announced that 34 lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.

“It is an honor for so many of our lawyers once again to be recognized by their peers as some of the finest lawyers in our legal community,” said Jonathan Hafen, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “We congratulate the Parr Brown attorneys who earned this recognition through their hard work, natural talents, and dedication to meeting our clients’ legal needs.”
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is proud to announce that Patricia W. Christensen will be awarded the YWCA’s 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award in Law at its 30th Annual Leader Luncheon on Friday, September 7, at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. This recognition is presented by YWCA Utah to remarkable women who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the well-being of Utah women and girls, and whose work and achievement exemplify the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

“The lawyers at Parr Brown are thrilled that Pat is receiving this well-deserved recognition. She has been a role model and mentor for the firm’s lawyers for almost four decades, and her leadership and influence, especially among the firm’s women lawyers, has been profoundly positive,” said Parr Brown President Jonathan O. Hafen. Ms. Christensen was one of the firm’s earliest lawyers, and was instrumental in helping build the firm and its commercial litigation practice, serving twice as its President, and in many other leadership capacities over the years.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is proud to be recognized with the President’s Award for Excellence at the Salt Lake Chamber Annual Meeting. This award is given for hard work, positive attitude, leadership and helping further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the business community.

“The Salt Lake Chamber has been an incredibly positive influence throughout Utah, particularly to our thriving business community. It is truly an honor to be part of the Salt Lake Chamber and to work with such amazing business leaders. To be chosen to receive the President’s Award for Excellence is a wonderful tribute to the work of so many at Parr Brown who effectively and tirelessly serve the legal needs of Utah businesses. We look forward to many years of future association with fellow business leaders through our membership in the Salt Lake Chamber,” noted Parr Brown President, Jonathan O. Hafen” list.
Thirty-three corporate attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2018 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition.

The Rising Stars designation honors leading Utah attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. Jonathan O. Hafen, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, noted, “It is gratifying to once again see so many of our lawyers receive not just local but regional recognition for their dedication and excellence in representing our clients.”
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and several of its attorneys have been ranked in the top tiers of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighted on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Parr Brown and its attorneys are proud to be recognized in the following areas:

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions (Bryan T. Allen, and Seth R. King)
Real Estate Law (David E. Gee, Robert A. McConnell, and Lamont R. Richardson)
Environmental, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries (Steven J. Christiansen, Daniel A. Jensen, and Matthew E. Jensen)
Commercial Litigation (Robert S. Clark, Stephen E.W. Hale, Jeffrey J. Hunt, and Jonathan O. Hafen)
Labor and Employment Law (Heidi Leithead-Villa)
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announces that 35 of its lawyers have been named to Utah’s Legal Elite 2018. Utah Business magazine, which publishes the list of Utah’s Legal Elite, is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announced that 34 lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. Six of these lawyers were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their specific practice area in Utah.
Thirty-four attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2017 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition.

The Rising Stars designation honors leading Utah attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Jeffrey J. Hunt, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, noted, “We are proud to have nearly half of our attorneys recognized in this regional publication.”
For twelve years running, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and several of its attorneys have been ranked in the top tiers of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighted on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Parr Brown and its attorneys are proud to be recognized in the following areas:

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions (Bryan T. Allen, and Seth R. King)
Real Estate Law (David E. Gee, Robert A. McConnell, and Lamont R. Richardson)
Environmental, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries (Steven J. Christiansen, Daniel A. Jensen, Matthew E. Jensen, and Clayton J. Parr)
Commercial Litigation (Robert S. Clark, Stephen E.W. Hale, Jeffrey J. Hunt, and Jonathan O. Hafen)
Labor and Employment Law (Heidi E.C. Leithead)
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announces that 32 of its lawyers have been named to Utah’s Legal Elite 2017. Utah Business magazine, which publishes the list of Utah’s Legal Elite, is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announced that 33 lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. “We are honored as a firm to receive this level of acknowledgment by our peers,” said Terry Welch, president of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “We congratulate the Parr Brown attorneys who earned their place on the list every day through hard work, creativity and dedication to meeting our clients’ needs.”
Thirty-three attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition. The Rising Stars designation honors leading Utah attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Terry E. Welch, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, noted, “We are proud to have nearly half of our attorneys recognized in this regional publication.”
For eleven years running, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and several of its attorneys have been ranked in the top tiers of Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighted on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Parr Brown and its attorneys are proud to be recognized in the following areas:

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions (Brian G. Lloyd, Bryan T. Allen, and Seth R. King)
Real Estate Law (David E. Gee, Robert A. McConnell, and Lamont R. Richardson)
Environmental, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries (Steven J. Christiansen, Daniel A. Jensen, and Clayton J. Parr)
Commercial Litigation (Robert S. Clark, Stephen E.W. Hale, Jeffrey J. Hunt, and Jonathan O. Hafen)
Labor and Employment Law (Heidi E.C. Leithead)
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announced today that 27 of its lawyers have been named to Utah’s Legal Elite 2016 . Utah Business magazine, which publishes the list of Utah’s Legal Elite, is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is delighted to announce it has received the most Tier 1 rankings among Utah law firms by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the recently released 2016 “Best Law Firms” list.

According to the publication, “Firms included in the list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. “ “We are thrilled to be recognized for such an extensive list of top quality legal expertise,” noted Brian Lloyd, President of Parr Brown. “This reinforces our commitment to providing our clients with quality legal services in a broad range of areas.”
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announced that 32 lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.

“We are honored as a firm to receive this level of acknowledgment by our peers,” said Brian Lloyd, president of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “We congratulate the Parr Brown attorneys who earned their place on the list every day through hard work, creativity and dedication to meeting our clients’ needs.”
Thirty-seven attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition.

The Rising Stars designation honors leading Utah attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. Brian G. Lloyd, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, noted, “We are proud to have nearly half of our attorneys recognized in this regional publication.”
Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked several Parr Brown Gee & Loveless attorneys in their top tiers for ten years running. Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighted on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

Parr Brown and its attorneys are proud to be recognized in the following areas:

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions (Brian G. Lloyd, Bryan T. Allen, and Seth R. King)
Real Estate Law (David E. Gee, Robert A. McConnell, and Lamont R. Richardson)
Environmental, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries (Steven J. Christiansen, Daniel A. Jensen, and Clayton J. Parr)
Commercial Litigation (Robert S. Clark, Stephen E.W. Hale, Jeffrey J. Hunt, and Jonathan O. Hafen)
Heidi E.C. Leithead also received special recognition for her work in the area of Labor and Employment Law.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless today announced that 29 of its lawyers have been named to Utah’s Legal Elite 2015. Utah Business magazine, which publishes the list of Utah’s Legal Elite, is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is delighted to announce it has received the most Tier 1 rankings among Utah law firms by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the recently released 2015 “Best Law Firms” list.

According to the publication, “Firms included in the list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. “ “We are thrilled to be recognized for such an extensive list of top quality legal expertise,” noted Daniel Jensen, President of Parr Brown. “This reinforces our commitment to providing our clients with quality legal services in a broad range of areas.”
The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that environmental attorney, Steven J. Christiansen, has been named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by the Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar. Mr. Christiansen was recognized for his knowledge and expertise in environmental law, including his involvement in passage and implementation of the revised administrative permit procedures before the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless today announced that 27 of its attorneys have been selected by their industry peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

“We are honored as a firm to receive this level of acknowledgment by our peers,” said Daniel Jensen, president of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “We congratulate the Parr Brown attorneys who earn their place on this list every day through hard work, creativity and dedication to meeting our clients’ needs.”
Forty attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition.

The Rising Stars designation honors leading Utah attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Dan Jensen, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless noted. “We are proud to have Jeffrey Hunt listed among the “Top 10” Mountain States Super Lawyers and that Heidi Leithead was once again recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women in the region. It is also notable that Matthew Ball and Rita Cornish were elevated from the Rising Star list to Super Lawyer list this year.”
For the 9th year in a row, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and select attorneys have been ranked in the top tiers of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighed on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

Parr Brown and its attorneys are proud to be recognized as a leading law firm in the following areas:

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions (Brian Lloyd, Bryan Allen, and Seth King)
Real Estate Law (David E. Gee and Robert A. McConnell)
Environmental, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries (Steven J. Christiansen, Daniel A. Jensen, and Clayton J. Parr)
Commercial Litigation (Robert S. Clark, Stephen E.W. Hale, Jeffrey J. Hunt, and Jonathan O. Hafen)
Heidi E.C. Leithead also received special recognition for her work in the area of Labor and Employment Law.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless today announced that 36 of its lawyers have been named to Utah’s Legal Elite 2014 . Utah Business magazine, which publishes the list of Utah’s Legal Elite, is compiled from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members who are asked to identify attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.

Nearly half of the attorneys in 10 of the firm’s practice areas at Parr Brown have been named to the 2014 Legal Elite. Four lawyers are recognized as Up & Coming lawyers, reserved for those who have been practicing law for five to eight years.

“Congratulations to the members of our firm who are included on the 2014 Utah’s Legal Elite list,” said Stephen Hale, president of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “I appreciate the opportunity of being associated with such a high caliber team of attorneys.”
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless (www.parrbrown.com) is pleased to announce that Terry E. Welch is the only Utah attorney to be named as a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star. Welch has been named to this elite group of standout attorneys based on objective interviews and feedback from nearly 300 corporate counsel from large and Fortune 1000 companies to probe all aspects of client relationships. He is being recognized for delivering the absolute best client service. Only 330 attorneys worldwide were named to this year’s elite list including the United States, Japan and the United States.

As part of this year’s research, BTI research revealed that innovation is a new driver behind super client service. Overall, six key factors drive exceptional client service in 2014 including client focus, innovative thought leadership, exceptional understanding of the client’s business, legal skills, outsized value and outstanding results.

Welch counsels clients on intellectual property and patent litigation, antitrust, product liability, insurance and bad faith disputes, manufacturer/distributor relations, and cases of tragic injury. He has handled significant trademark and Lanham Act matters including issues of infringement, trade dress and false advertising. He has been involved in numerous trials, arbitrations and mediations in federal and state courts, swiftly and successfully completing jury trials as well as complex commercial litigation requiring dozens of witnesses and extensive discovery.
Today Parr Brown Gee & Loveless announced that six of its attorneys Bryan T. Allen, David E. Gee, Daniel A. Jensen, Brian G. Lloyd, Stanley D. Neeleman and David C. Reymann have been named Best Lawyers® 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in seven categories.

“Best Lawyers conducts a peer-review to determine the Lawyer of the Year designation. This recognition reflects the high level of respect for our attorneys from peers within their fields of specialty,” said Stephen Hale, president of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “In particular we congratulate Brian Lloyd who is the only attorney on this year’s list to be named as Lawyer of the Year in two categories.” Only one lawyer in each practice area from Salt Lake City is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.” This top-tier list of outstanding attorneys is compiled by conducting thousands of confidential peer-review surveys. Attorneys honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless today announced that 27 of its attorneys have been selected by their industry peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. The Parr Brown attorneys who are honored represent the 44 practice areas offered by the commercial law firm.

“We are honored as a firm to receive this level of acknowledgment by our peers,” said Stephen Hale, president of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “We recognize how fortunate we are to have attorneys and staff who are as committed to the profession as each member of our team is. We congratulate the Parr Brown attorneys who earn their place on this list every day through hard work, creativity and dedication to meeting our clients’ needs.” Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most highly-regarded peer-review publications in the legal profession. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than three million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Because being listed in Best Lawyers is conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers, it is considered an honor to be included in the list.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless attorney, Bentley Tolk, was selected among a group of nominees to serve on the Standing Committee on Technology of the Utah State Bar Association.

The 10-person committee is comprised of judges, court administrators, and a member of the Utah State Bar. “This is an important committee, particularly in light of the Utah Courts’ emphasis on technology and development,” said Tolk. “I am grateful for this nomination and I look forward to serving with the other distinguished individuals on the committee.” Tolk’s passion for technology and his experience serving on Parr Brown’s Technology Committee make him a natural fit for the committee. The Standing Committee on Technology meets quarterly and covers topics such as electronic filing, case management systems, technology in the courtroom, voice over IP, and wireless access in the Courts.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless (www.parrbrown.com) has been named as a “Highly Recommended” firm for its litigation practice in Utah and Appellate Tenth Circuit from two national litigation publications Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate.

Benchmark Litigation and its sister publication Benchmark Appellate focus exclusively on litigation in the US and recognize firms for excellence in litigation throughout the US each year. The research process for Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate was conducted over a six-month period and final recommendations are based on interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. Firms listed as “highly recommended” received the most mentions, and were held as dominant in their particular jurisdiction. “We are honored that Parr Brown has been listed as a ‘highly recommended’ leading local litigation firm in Utah,” said Stephen Hale, President of Parr Brown. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be recognized as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.”
Forty attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless have been named to the 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year the top five percent of Utah lawyers are designated by the Super Lawyers team to receive this recognition.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of our lawyers,” said Stephen Hale, President of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “This recognition reflects the quality of the talent our firm has been able to attract and retain. It comes as no surprise to me that Heidi Leithead was named as one of the top 50 women in the Mountain States region. Austin Riter, David Reymann and Seth King were included on the Super Lawyers list this year for the first time.

The high-caliber of the young talent we are able to hire is reflected in the six attorneys who were included in the Rising Stars list:

Jeremy Adamson, Jeffery Balls, Megan Houdeshel, Mary Ann May, Chad Pehrson, and Matthew Tenney.”
For the 8th year in a row, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless attorneys have been ranked in the top tiers of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Rankings are based on interviews with clients (commercial users of legal services) and weighed on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless (www.parrbrown.com) is pleased to announce that 34 of its lawyers have been named to Utah’s Legal Elite 2013, the most of any Utah-based law firm. The list of Utah’s Legal Elite is compiled by Utah Business magazine from surveys completed by thousands of Utah State Bar members. They are asked to identify the attorneys they deem the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.

The Parr Brown attorneys named to the Legal Elite represent nearly half of the lawyers at the commercial law firm and spans across 10 of the firm’s practice areas. Four lawyers are recognized as Up & Coming lawyers, reserved for those who have been practicing law for five to eight years.

“With so many outstanding attorneys in the state of Utah, it is especially rewarding to receive this recognition from our peers in the industry,” said Heidi Leithead, president and shareholder with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “With nearly half our lawyers represented from so many practice areas, it demonstrates the depth of experience and quality work we offer to our clients.”
U.S. News and Best Lawyers have recognized Parr Brown Gee & Loveless(parrbrown.com) with 29 Tier 1 Rankings in its 2013 Best Law Firms rankings. This represents an increase of 10 practice areas for Parr Brown from the 2012 rankings.

The commercial law firm was included in the Utah rankings based on a rigorous evaluation process that included the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms. Clients rated the firms based on criteria such as expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether they would refer another client to the firm.
Five attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless (www.parrbrown.com) have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

The five attorneys and the areas in which they are recognized include the following:

Bryan Allen, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
David Gee, Real Estate Law
Jeffrey Hunt, Litigation – First Amendment
Brian Lloyd, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Ronald Russell, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless (www.parrbrown.com) has 28 lawyers selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. The Parr Brown attorneys who have been honored represent 44 practice areas at the commercial law firm.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counselmagazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

“It is rewarding to receive recognition from our peers in the industry,” said Heidi Leithead, president and shareholder with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “To have nearly half our lawyers from among all our practice areas represented demonstrates the depth of experience and quality work we offer to our clients.”
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless (www.parrbrown.com) leads the way among Mountain States law firms with the most attorneys in the “Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers” and in the “Top 25 Salt Lake City Super Lawyers” lists.

The rankings are from the 2012 Mountain States Super Lawyers listing, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. A total of 36 lawyers from the commercial law firm are recognized as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, representing half of the firm’s attorneys and six more than were recognized last year.

“We appreciate this recognition from our peers, especially when you consider the outstanding legal community in which we practice,” said Heidi Leithead, president and shareholder with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. “With half of our lawyers practicing fewer than 12 years, this is a testament to our commitment to hiring highly skilled attorneys, giving them opportunities to develop, and collectively working together to produce quality work.”
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless has been recognized as a leading law firm in Utah by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in its 2012 publication. Four practice areas and 16 lawyers at the commercial law firm were ranked as the best in the state based on their reputations among clients.

Parr Brown is recognized as a leading law firm in the areas of Corporate Law/Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law and Commercial Litigation. In addition, the firm had attorneys recognized in the areas of Labor and Employment Law and Water Law.

Specific rankings of practice areas and attorneys includes Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions where the firm received a first-tier ranking and was recognized as a “highly regarded group at the forefront of a number of significant M&A deals recently, despite the comparatively slow market.
The Utah law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that 32 of the firm’s corporate and litigation attorneys will be included in Utah Business magazine’s Utah’s Legal Elite 2012 – on stands in January.

Utah Business magazine surveyed thousands of Utah State Bar members and asked them to nominate business and litigation attorneys they deemed above and beyond in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others.
Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business released its 2011 publication which ranks leading lawyers in each state of the nation according to their reputations amongst their clients. Parr Brown is pleased to be listed among the leading law firms in Utah in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Energy and Natural Resources Law. Parr Brown received a first tier ranking in the area of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Sources say; “Its incredible dedication and friendliness make it an example to others in client care.” Key individuals recognized include Brent Stevenson, Scott Loveless, Brian Lloyd, Bryan Allen, and Seth King. Another first tier ranking went to Parr Brown’s Real Estate Group. “You would be hard pressed to find a team in Utah with a deeper bench,” sources say.

Notable attorneys included Charles Maak, David Gee, and Robert McConnell. The firm’s Commercial Litigation group, which comprises almost two-thirds of the firm, was recognized for its strength, depth and experience. Robert Clark, Stephen Hale, Jeffrey Hunt, and Jonathan Hafen received particular praise by clients. Chambers also recognized Parr Brown’s Energy and Natural Resources group noting,“This high-flying four lawyer team wins particular accolades for its experience in acquiring mineral and land use rights.” Key individuals mentioned include Daniel Jensen, Clayton Parr and Steven Christiansen. For more information about these rankings, visit www.chambersandpartners.com.
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is proud to announce that 26 of its Utah attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties.

Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.
The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that thirty attorneys have been selected for inclusion in 2011 Mountain States Super Lawyers. Seven attorneys were listed in the “Top 75” – a listing of lawyers who received the highest point totals in the Mountain States Super Lawyers 2011 nomination, research and blue-ribbon review process.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Service. Each year, the research team undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that: 1) to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less; and 2) Candidates for Rising Stars do not go through step three above—peer evaluation by practice area. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that Jenifer Tomchak has been selected as one of Utah’s “30 Women to Watch” by Utah Business Magazine. The award, which will be presented on April 23, 2009, will highlight the outstanding professional achievements of women throughout the state.

“We are delighted to have Jen recognized at this event,” noted Jon Hafen, a shareholder at Parr Brown. “She is a remarkably driven person who will undoubtedly continue to make significant contributions to the community and the legal profession.”

Jen Tomchak received her B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude from Utah State University and earned an MBA and a J.D., Order of the Coif from the University of Utah in 2004. She clerked for Utah Supreme Court Justice Matthew Durrant before joining Parr Brown, and was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Mountain States Super Lawyers. On April 1st of this year, she was promoted to shareholder. Ms. Tomchak is also an active member of a number of professional organizations including the Utah Minority Bar Association (UMBA), the Salt Lake County Bar, the Federal Bar Association (FBA), Young Lawyers Division, and Women Lawyers of Utah. She has served as the Pro Bono Director of the Utah Federal Bar Association for the past three years.
Twenty-seven attorneys from the Parr Waddoups law firm were selected by their peers to be recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers 2008. Fourteen have been named “Super Lawyers”, an honor bestowed upon no more than 5% of all lawyers in Utah.

Another thirteen were recognized as “Rising Stars” which honors no more than 2.5% of Utah lawyers who are forty years old or younger, or who have been practicing for ten years or less.
Firm’s Real Estate Group Ranked among Best in Utah for Second Consecutive Year Salt Lake City (April 20, 2004) – Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that three of its practices and six of its lawyers rank among the top in Utah in the second annual Chambers and Partners USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers guide. The Firm’s Real Estate practice tied for the top ranking.

According to the Chambers Guide, “this 12-attorney group is widely commended by commentators for its strong developer practice.” The Firm was also ranked highly in Corporate/M&A, and Litigation.

In addition, six of the firm’s attorneys are listed as leading corporate and litigation lawyers: Scott Loveless (Corporate/M&A); Clark Waddoups and Robert Clark(Commercial Litigation); and David Gee, Charles Maak and Bruce Maak (Real Estate).

”We are very pleased to once again have a good showing on this list. This guide highlights lawyer and practice reputation among our peers as well as with key in-house counsel and we are delighted to be a part of it,” said Robert Clark, the firm’s President.
Attorney Jeff Hunt was selected as the 2004 recipient of the University of Utah Department of Communication Service to Journalism Award. He received the faculty’s unanimous endorsement for his outstanding professional accomplishments and distinguished service to journalism.

Mr. Hunt practices commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on Media and First Amendment law. He also founded the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline at Parr Waddoups, which provides free legal assistance to the public and journalists.
Utah Business magazine asked all members of the Utah State Bar to answer the following question: “Of the Utah lawyers you have worked with first‑hand, whom would you rate the best in each of 12 categories?”

The January issue of the publication published the Top 100 Legal Elite based on the results of the survey. Parr Waddoups captured 10 of the top 100 spots on the elite list:

Kent Collins (aircraft finance, equipment leasing, corporate tax)
David Gee (bankruptcy/workouts/creditors’ rights, corporate law, commercial finance, real estate)
Gregory Hess (commercial litigation, intellectual property)
Daniel Jensen (mining, natural resources, real estate, water)
Heidi Leithead (employment and labor)
Robert Lochhead (bankruptcy/workouts/creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, intellectual property)
Scott Loveless (corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, securities and public offerings)
Clayton Parr (international law, mining, natural resources)
Clark Waddoups (antitrust, commercial litigation, construction, environmental, intellectual property)
Terry Welch (commercial litigation, class actions, insurance coverage and defense, international, intellectual property)