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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 increase the chances for favorable outcomes.
Notables & News
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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 2021
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.
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.
Read the Appellate Highlights of the Utah Bar Journal, September/October 2021 edition. Summaries written by the lawyers of Snow Christensen & Martineau
Conscientious lawyers aim to advocate zealously for their clients within the bounds of ethical and professional duties. But vigorous representation can tempt the unscrupulous to betray those duties.
In this blog post, Attorney Bryson Brown of Snow Christensen and Martineau in Salt Lake City UT sheds a good light on what diversity in the workplace means and how it is not just a good life lesson, but it also is the law, as there are both federal and state statutes that prohibit certain types of discrimination in the workplace. Bryson highlights the importance and legal aspects of treating others with respect, kindness, understanding, and inclusivity.
Events & Appellate Highlights
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.
Join us for a joint Securities & Business Law CLE worth seven hours of CLE credit, includes one ethics credit.
We extend an invitation to all interested professionals handling insurance claims in Utah.
An appellate summary from the Utah Bar Journal written by the appellate team at Snow Christensen & Martineau regarding Rain Int’l LLC v. Drockton, 2021 UT and Rule 54(b).
Outcome of an appeal in District Court. On interlocutory appeal, the court of appeals articulated a new framework and provided a detailed outline for how district courts should analyze spoliation claims. Where there is an allegation of spoliation, the district court should first determine whether the custodial party violated its duty to preserve the evidence at issue.
Alarm Protection Technology, LLC v. Bradburn, 2021 UT 25 (July 1, 2021) and Alarm Protection Technology LLC v. Crandall, 2021 UT 26 (July 1, 2021)
Justice Petersen issued a concurring opinion raising the question of whether the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure should permit judgment creditors to execute against claims in which they are defendants and then extinguish those claims, noting that the rules currently do allow for this practice. Justices Durrant and Himonas joined in the concurrence.
In this personal injury action, the district court concluded that Utah law does not permit waiver of punitive damages prior to the injury. Affirming under a different rationale, the supreme court held that, as a matter of first impression, even…
In this estate dispute, the district court granted a motion to dismiss appellant’s claim for intentional interference with inheritance finding that Utah law did not recognize that claim. In reversing the order, the supreme court held that Utah law recognizes…