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SERVING CLIENTS FROM SALT LAKE CITY AND ST. GEORGE, UTAH
SCM was founded in 1886, ten years before Utah became a state. For more than 130 years, we have provided solid counsel and advice to clients in trials and litigation, insurance law, and business transactions. Over the years, we have evolved steadily and purposefully to meet the changing needs of our clients and their markets. Today, we serve many of Utah’s most vital and prominent businesses and public entities; some of which have been our loyal clients for more than 50 years. Our firm consists of more than 50 lawyers, over 40 of whom are shareholders or senior counsel. With a high ratio of experienced attorneys, clients can count on top level attention to their matter.
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SCM Case Studies
Our Case Studies highlight cases of importance to our clients and their businesses and organizations. In many instances, the Case Studies provide guidance not only as to how the law is evolving in a particular area, but also the proactive measures that companies and organizations can take to minimize liability and protect assets.
We would invite you to check out our Case Studies to learn how the outcomes may apply to your business or organization.
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Notables & News
Attorney D. Jason Hawkins Appointed President of SC&M
SC&M Lawyers John Gates and Ruth Shapiro included in The Best Lawyers® Employment Law Issue
SC&M Ranked as Metropolitan “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2022
Sixteen SC&M Attorneys Named 2021 Utah Legal Elite™ by Utah Business Magazine
17 SC&M Attorneys Selected to Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
News & Opinions
Snow Christensen & Martineau continues to expand its team of attorneys and service offerings to meet its clients’ needs by welcoming trail lawyer Brenda E. Weinberg.
Snow Christensen & Martineau is pleased to announce that twelve of our attorneys have been recognized as 2021 Mountain States Super Lawyers® and five have been selected to the 2021 Mountain States Rising Stars™.
Congratulations to John E. Gates and Ruth A. Shapiro who were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in America 2021 in the fields of Employment Law. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shares insights regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has caused an uptick in Employment Law related class action suits. This respected publication provides editorial content covering recent Employment Law litigation topics including multilevel marketing companies, vaccine liability for restaurant owners, workers’ compensation claims by employees who contracted COVID-19 on the job, a future with cryptocurrency and workplace harassment in 2021. The lawyers at Snow Christensen & Martineau are experts in their field and have earned this recognition through professionalism and excellence.
As we settle into our newly remodeled offices and navigate a new year, we look forward to working under the direction of our newly appointed leadership. D. Jason Hawkins as President, Richard A. Van Wagoner as Vice President, while Samuel Alba remains Chairman of the Board.
On behalf of our firm, we’d like to congratulate these attorneys on their inclusion on the 2021 Utah Legal Elite list.
Bond v. City of Tahlequah View full case >>> Use of force, qualified immunity. Officers shot and killed Dominic Rollice. The administrator of his estate brought a § 1983 case alleging the officers used excessive force against Dominic in violation…
Appellate Highlights written by the SCM Appellate Team, published in the Utah Bar Journal Nov/Dec 2021 issue
These appellate cases of interest were decided by the Utah Supreme Court, Utah Court of Appeals, and United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries were prepared by authoring attorneys Rodney Parker, Dani Cepernich, Robert Cummings, Nate Mitchell, Adam Pace, and Andrew Roth….
As Justice Durrant put it: “Going forward from today’s opinion, attorneys will be on notice that the Safe Harbor Rule has no application to an otherwise acceptable interpretation of an ethics opinion that has been effectively foreclosed by an opinion from this court.”
The benefits of hiring a lawyer in commercial trucking litigation are protected communications, assistance with identifying and preserving evidence, and protection from criminal charges or unlawful searches.
These October 2021 case law summaries were written by SCM attorney Heather White and are for informational purposes only. For more information about the services SCM provides in this area, contact Heather S. White.
Events & Appellate Highlights
SC&M Salt Lake Attorney LaShel Shaw will be presenting at the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Annual Legal Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The seminar will be held on December 2-3, 2021 and will cover legal topics of interest…
Cache Valley Realtors 2020 Education Retreat Wednesday, February 5th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Riverwood Conference Center, Logan, Utah.
Governmental law attorney Scott Young presenting at the Alameda County Bar Association in Oakland, California, April 12, 2018
SCM is hosting a Tort & Insurance Law Breakfast for Adjusters who handle claims in Utah.
The district court excluded plaintiff’s special damages-related evidence from trial because her initial disclosure of a “specific sum” of $130,000 in special damages failed to provide “a mathematical computation” or the “methodology” behind the amount. On an interlocutory appeal, the…
Odin, a drug detection K-9, leapt through a partially open window into the car during a drug sniff of the exterior of the car. Applying the test articulated by the Tenth Circuit, the court held Odin’s entry was lawful. Under…
Attorney used upfront flat fee agreements with clients that declared the fee was “earned upon payment,” and deposited the retainers directly into his operating account. OPC sued attorney claiming the agreements violated Utah Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15(c), which requires…
The Tenth Circuit affirmed the criminal conviction of the defendant on several charges over numerous challenges. Among other things, the court held as a matter of first impression that when an indictment is dismissed with prejudice by the district court…
Analyzing a range of issues in this appeal of a post-conviction proceeding, the supreme court recognized that it possesses constitutional authority to issue post-conviction extraordinary writs independent of the Post-Conviction Remedies Act and clarified the relationship between the writ authority…