Commercial & Business Litigation Lawyers | Insurance Defense & Trial Attorneys
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.
THE SCM CLIENT ADVANTAGE
Through our significant litigation and trial practice, experience in working with government officials and agencies in a wide variety of matters, and our access to leading experts, we offer clients customized and innovative solutions to meet their business objectives and legal needs. From complex class action litigation to employment and transaction matters, we have developed the reputations and sophisticated skill sets needed to effectively address a wide range of legal issues.
Through our SnowTrialTM Consulting services, we continue to be a leading force in helping firm clients (and clients of other law firms) understand the intricacies that affect and influence juries in trials. With this knowledge and experience, we are well-versed with the necessary skills to refine trial practices, and increasing the chances for favorable outcomes.
Notables & News
Attorney Ruth A. Shapiro Appointed as Chair of the Model Utah Jury Instruction (MUJI) Civil Committee
SCM Ranked as Metropolitan “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2021
Attorney D. Jason Hawkins Appointed President of SCM
Sixteen SCM Attorneys Named 2021 Utah Legal Elite™ by Utah Business Magazine
News & Blog
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.
Snow Christensen & Martineau is pleased to announce the election of two new Shareholders, Robert B. Cummings and Matthew B. Purcell. “Robert and Matt are knowledgeable attorneys who are well-regarded in their practice areas. We are confident in their legal…
In addition to her role overseeing the strategic direction, governance, and oversight of the firm’s day-to-day operations, she will support and mentor the firm’s attorneys.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Released the 2021 “Best Law Firms” Awards, ranking Snow Christensen & Martineau in Metropolitan Tiers 1, 2, & 3 in 19 practice areas. Of those 19 practice areas, six SCM practice areas…
Court Approves Claims Procedure in Receivership of Westwood Partners and Westwood Hills Investments, LTD
On May 14, 2021, the Third Judicial District Court, State of Utah, County of Salt Lake (the “Court”), entered an order (the “Procedure Order”) in the long-standing receivership case of Westwood Partners and Westwood Hills Investments, Ltd (collectively, the “Partnerships”),…
These appellate cases of interest were recently decided by the Utah Supreme Court, Utah Court of Appeals, and United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries have been prepared by authoring attorneys Rodney Parker, Dani Cepernich, Robert Cummings, Nate Mitchell, Adam Pace, and Andrew Roth….
With your livelihood and license to practice law potentially on the line, it may be wise to seek professional help in responding to a complaint from the OPC.
All the President’s Lawyers: A Refresher in the Law of Search and Seizure of Law Offices and Lawyers’ Electronic Devices
In their wisdom and to attempt to prevent the government from becoming despotic, the Founders established safeguards to those rights against government interference. Given the centrality of those rights, the government ought not be in the business of interfering with or infringing them short of very compelling reasons upon which we collectively agree.
The Utah Uniform Voidable Transactions Act provides remedies to creditors when debtors transfer assets, rendering themselves judgment-proof. The Act creates a distinction between transfers that occur before or after a claim arises.
Events & Podcasts
We extend an invitation to all interested professionals handling property and casualty insurance claims in Utah.
Cache Valley Realtors 2020 Education Retreat Wednesday, February 5th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Riverwood Conference Center, Logan, Utah.
Our attorneys will bring you up to speed on Governmental Immunity Act updates, medical marijuana and the ADA, Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA), water rights: general adjudications and what cities should know, and fair housing issues.
Please join us for our annual Utah Tort and Insurance Law Seminar. Presentation topics include: lawsuit lending, medical marijuana, PTSD and TBI’s, and a report on recent trials. There will be guest speakers and lunch will be served!
Snow Women is hosting an afternoon fireside with Utah House Representative Stephanie Pitcher. All are welcome to join in the conversation about proposed legislative tax changes, including one which may require small businesses and professionals to charge a sales tax…
Don’t Get Caught in the Warrant Trap HEATHER S. WHITE – Government Entities time: 24.21 min
Ten Traps for the Unwary: Top Mistakes Lawyers Make that Lead to Malpractice or Disciplinary Actions ROBERT T. DENNY – Professional Liability Defense time: 25.34 min
Mediating Civil Rights Cases Against Police Officers SCOTT YOUNG – Civil Rights Defense Click to Listen time: 12.43 min.
An agent from the DEA is in your lobby, now what? There may be times when it is appropriate to surrender a DEA Registration, but do so only after careful consideration and consultation with an attorney. Nathan A. Crane addresses this question…
You are in the back of your clinic with a patient when you receive word that an investigator from the state medical licensing board is in your waiting room. What do you do? Listen to Podcast – How to handle state…