Primary Practice Contacts: Andrew M. Morse and Jody K. Burnett
We have represented public entities in Utah for over 50 years.
During this time, we have worked with most Utah cities, counties and water districts. We offer a special focus on the defense of police departments and police officers accused of civil rights infractions.
Among other public entities, SCM represents the University of Utah, the Utah Local Government Trust, the Utah Risk Management Mutual Association, the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy, and the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake.
In many cases, governmental immunity prevents people and entities from suing a government as well as government employees and officials. SCM lawyers understand the nuances of this law. In fact, they were active in the bipartisan working group that drafted the Reenacted 2004 Governmental Immunity Act, which clarified this law following a Utah Supreme Court case that had restricted immunity.
Although much of SCM’s work involves the defense of government entities against claims, our goal is to prevent such claims from being filed in the first place.
We work closely with our clients to implement policies and procedures – especially in the areas of interaction with the public, employment, government relations, and land use and zoning -- that minimize the likelihood of disputes. To further this goal, we offer no-cost seminars on risk management.
We share governments’ sensitivity to the cost of legal services and the need to maintain the public trust. We also understand the ever-changing political reality in which these clients operate.