Three Lateral Attorneys Join Parr Brown

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that Martin Banks, Rick Rose, and Chaunceton Bird have joined the firm.

Marty Banks joins Parr Brown as a shareholder and is a member of the firm’s Environmental Law practice group and Litigation practice group. His environmental practice includes counseling clients in cost-effective regulatory compliance and permitting strategies. He has broad experience with issues involving the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Administrative Procedures Act and the clean-up and transfer of contaminated properties. Marty’s business litigation practice includes environmental and natural resource matters, real estate and land use issues (including public land use), construction disputes and OSHA matters.

Prior to joining Parr Brown Marty was a partner at Stoel Rives. He was also formerly a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (1991–1994), and an associate at White & Case (1989–1991).

Rick Rose joins Parr Brown as an associate and is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation team with a particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation in state and federal court. Rick has experience in a broad range of commercial disputes including contract, securities, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and business tort issues.

Before joining Parr Brown, Mr. Rose was an associate with Stoel Rives and a law clerk for Judge Dale Kimball of the Utah Federal District Court, 2020-2021. He was a summer associate for Dewsnup King Olsen Worel Havas Mortensen (2020) and for Stoel Rives (2018, 2019) and worked as an intern for the University of Utah Office of Risk Management (2018).

Chauncey Bird joins Parr Brown as an associate and is a member of the firm’s litigation team with a particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. He has experience litigating a broad range of commercial disputes and specializes in defending clients against products liability and mass torts claims. Chauncey represents various vehicle manufacturers, car dealerships, and motorcycle retailers in their defense against claims of product defect, breach of warranty, and claims arising under Utah’s Lemon Law.  Chauncey also represents manufacturers of worker safety equipment (particularly regarding masks and respirators), consumer goods, and component parts. He has experience in asbestos litigation, including defending against claims involving asbestos-, and silica-containing products, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and silicosis.

Before joining Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Chauncey was a judicial law clerk for Justice Paige Petersen of the Utah Supreme Court (2017–2019), and a judicial intern for Justice Deno Himonas of the Utah Supreme Court (2015).

“During these unique times of significant change in disruption in the Utah legal market, Parr Brown is delighted that Marty, Chauncey, and Rick have joined the firm,” said firm President Craig Parry. “Each is an exceptional lawyer who will contribute invaluably to the firm culture, strengthen the firm’s practices, and provide clients with outstanding counsel and service.”