Parsons Behle & Latimer PC

Litigation: General Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Well-established regional firm with one of the largest litigation teams in the Mountain West, practicing before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels across the nation. Expertise covers the full spectrum of commercial litigation, including bankruptcy, tax and antitrust matters. Also fields an active white-collar criminal defense practice. Additionally experienced in claims relating to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty.

Strengths"They were intelligent, experienced and able to address our needs, providing solutions to challenging issues," states a source.

Clients also commend the firm's "strategic thinking" and "very good service."

Work highlights Successfully defended Myriad Genetics against a $397 million securities class action, securing its complete dismissal with prejudice.

Notable practitioners

Erik Christiansen is a fine choice of litigator for disputes such as securities fraud class actions, false advertising claims and investigations into insider trading. He is held in high regard by interviewees, one of whom labels him "a leader at the Bar."

Francis Wikstrom is "absolutely superb," states a source who adds that his "trial-handling skills are strong." His practice includes white-collar criminal mandates such as large-scale investigations, as well as public law proceedings and commercial disputes.

John Lund is an experienced litigator with a strong track record representing in medical malpractice lawsuits. He is often retained to handle complex administrative proceedings. Interviewees hold him in high regard as an "outstanding" practitioner.

Julianne Blanch is a go-to lawyer for both commercial and personal injury litigation. She has a strong reputation among her peers for her experience in disputes such as breaches of fiduciary duty.

Juliette White has a broad commercial litigation practice, with experience in issues such as defamation and false advertising. "She's fantastic, and is among the best outside counsel with whom we've worked," says a client. "She's responsive, writes extremely well and thinks strategically."

Michael Bailey practices across both Arizona and Utah, handling a range of civil litigation. He regularly advises on commercial and environmental law mandates, including those involving administrative proceedings.

Michael Larsen brings to bear longstanding trial skills when advising on a range of civil disputes, including those with information technology elements. "He has a great understanding of the law, and of working with people and businesses," says a client. "He is able to create an environment where solutions to problems are possible."

Raymond Etcheverry is "highly recommended" by interviewees for his experience across a range of civil disputes. He frequently acts on complex commercial litigation, including disputes involving IP and antitrust concerns.