Brenda practices in all areas of complex civil and commercial litigation, guiding clients through disputes involving partnership and business dissolutions, trade secret misappropriation, real property and real estate, construction, employment, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, breach of contract, receiverships, commercial collections, insurance defense, professional malpractice, and securities. She takes a strategic approach to each matter and is vigilant in detecting and resisting opponents’ litigation tactics. Her experience includes jury trials, expedited relief proceedings for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, oral arguments at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous motion hearings in both federal and state district courts.
Brenda is an active member of both the legal and Salt Lake communities. She sits on the board of the Young Lawyers Division, the Litigation Section Executive Committee, and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Salt Lake County Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Utah, and the David K. Watkiss – Sutherland II Inn of Court. Additionally, Brenda plays the clarinet with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and the Offbeats Jazz Ensemble and presents regularly at bar conventions and CLEs. Past presentation topics include valuation in small business litigation, attorney ethics, and working with the DOJ, and SEC, and forensic accountants on securities fraud cases.
Originally from California’s farm country and St. Louis, Missouri, Brenda went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she studied European history, learned German while living abroad in Austria, and was a member of the rowing club. She moved to Utah to work in the ski industry and stayed to attend the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Brenda continues to work in the ski industry with companies and skiers in disputes originating both on- and off-piste and still skis as much as she can. During the summer months, she hikes with her dogs and catches a Cardinals game or two with her family in St. Louis.
- J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2016
- B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2011
Bar & Court Admissions
- Utah State Bar
- Missouri State Bar
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals