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Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, A Professional Corporation

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President: Robert A. McConnell
Number of partners: 54
Number of other lawyers: 20

Firm Overview:
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, one of Utah’s largest commercial law firms, provides comprehensive legal services to a diverse group of corporate and individual clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
-Corporate/Securities
-Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
-Real Estate Development & Finance
-Construction
-Commercial Litigation
-Employment
-Environmental & Natural Resources
-Media & First Amendment
-Tax

Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate & Securities:
■Represented Simplifile in its sale to publicly held Intercontinental Exchange. $335M, Seth King, Ken Tillou, Spencer Romney, Paul Barrus, Jason Perry, Chase Manderino
■Represented SkyWest in: (i) the sale of various assets from its subsidiary ExpressJet Airlines to United Airlines, (ii) the sale of 100% of the equity interests of ExpressJet Airlines to ManaAir, and (iii) the loan of funds to Kair Enterprises . Approximately $100M. Dale Hansen, Seth King, Michael Schefer, Nate Paynter, Ken Tillou
■Represented Merit Medical in the acquisition of Cianna Medical, Inc. Approximately $200M, Michael Schefer, Ken Tillou, Nate Paynter, Jason Paynter
■Represented Merit Medical in the acquisition of Vascular Insights and VI Management. Approximately $60M. Michael Schefer, Ken Tillou, Nate Paynter, Jason Perry
■Represented Merit Medical in the acquisition of Brightwater Medical. Approximately $50M. Michael Schefer, Ken Tillou, Nate Paynter, Jason Perry

Litigation:
■Obtained federal injunction requiring the Lt. Governor to include federal congressional candidate on special election ballot. Cheylynn Hayman, Jordan Toone
■Successfully defended county in opposing injunction brought by citizen initiative group. James Ahlstrom, Cheylynn Hayman, Victoria Luman
■Obtained favorable arbitration award dismissing claims for breach of supply contract. $20M Jon Hafen, Rachel Wertheimer, Erin St. John
■Obtained dismissal of contract claims against fixed base operator at Salt Lake International Airport. $2M Jon Hafen, Dan Barnett, Austin Riter, Steve Glauser
■Rust Rare Coin Receivership. Federal Court appointed Jon Hafen as Receiver and Parr Brown as counsel involving massive Ponzi scheme with hundreds of victims and over $100 million in losses. Recovered over $10 million for victims to date and significant additional recoveries are expected. Jon Hafen, Joe Covey, Cynthia Love
■Favorable trial ruling for Zions Bank in breach of contract action, $200,000. Rachel Wertheimer, Jon Hafen
■RaPower Receivership. Assisting court-appointed Receiver Wayne Klein in pursuing numerous fraudulent transfer actions to recover $50M awarded to victims of a massive energy-related tax avoidance scam. $50 Million Jon Hafen, Mike Lehr, Jeff Balls
■Successfully defended employer on appeal in matter of first impression involving intersection of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and the right of an employer to terminate employment at-will. Cheylynn Hayman, David Reymann

Intellectual Property (Disputes):
■Obtained dismissal with prejudice of $65M pharmaceutical trade secret litigation brought against university client. $65M Robert Clark, Chad Pehrson, Jeremy Brodis
■Successfully resolved trade secret misappropriation claim against medical diagnostics company. $3.5M Craig Parry, Chad Pehrson, Steven Glauser
■Successfully resolved trade secret and copyright litigation for international client in Northern District of California. Jon Hafen, Chad Pehrson
■Represented university in 31-expert, 9-figure trade secret litigation focused on patent issues; extensive summary judgment, Daubert and pretrial briefing led to favorable settlement. Rob Clark, Greg Hess, Chad Pehrson, Sara Nielson
■Obtained dismissal of claims filed against DNAtesting company in patent license dispute in Southern District of California. Craig Parry, Chad Pehrson
■Counsel for Growgenix Solutions and Nu Skin in recently filed declaratory judgment action regarding patent inventorship and trade secrets. $50M Rob Clark, Jeff Hunt, Austin Riter, Chad Pehrson
■Successfully resolved trademark dispute on behalf of educational technology company. Jon Hafen, Greg Hess, Chad Pehrson, Jeremy Brodis
■Successfully defended Bold Films, Open Road Films, NBCUniversal Media, and Universal Studios Home Entertainment in copyright suit involving claims of $60M regarding Oscar-nominated film Nightcrawler. $60M Jeff Hunt, David Reymann, Cheylynn Hayman, Jeremy Brodis, Stephen Mouritsen
■Acting on behalf of California research institution against a large public biotech company, Parr Brown obtained a favorable resolution of patent inventorship and trade secret dispute involving a biologic therapy. Rob Clark, Chad Pehrson, Jeremy Brodis

Environmental & Natural Resources:
■Completed environmental, water right, and mineral right due diligence for large (5,500+ acres) commercial real estate transactions involving former mining site near Park City, Utah, including development and utility planning and approval for the first new full-service ski resort in the country since 1980. Roger Henriksen, Steve Christiansen, Matt Jensen, Robert McConnell, Kass Wallin, Dan Jensen, Erin St. John, April Medley
■Completed environmental due diligence and provided counsel regarding redevelopment of large (260 acre) commercial real estate transaction involving former Superfund site. Steve Christiansen, Lamont Richardson
■Represented startup frac sand operator in all aspects of operations Dan Jensen, Matt Jensen, Kass Wallin
■Conducted water, mineral and environmental work, including mineral title due diligence, drafting, and permitting, relating to acquisition of land for large data center. Lamont Richardson, Matt Jensen, Steve Christiansen, Robert McConnell
■Prepared title opinion on the 1,345-claim Pony Creek gold property in Nevada, for $4 million Canadian public offering. Dan Jensen
■Completed environmental due diligence and provided real estate and land use advice on large commercial real estate transaction (1,000+ acres) involving redevelopment of Superfund sites into thousands of homesites and additional commercial structures. Steve Christiansen, Robert McConnell, Erin St. John ■Secured exploration rights and performed environmental, immigration and corporate restructuring work for large copper-gold-silver, copper-zinc, and lead-silver-zinc resource.. Matt Jensen, Dan Jensen, Steve Christiansen, Chase Manderino, Kass Wallin, Erin St. John
■Completed title review updates and title opinions for over 100 mining claims and prepared and closed agreement to purchase 365 mining claims in Nevada. Dan Jensen
■Obtained license for disposal of concentrated, depleted uranium generated by the United States government. Steve Christiansen, Erin St. John, April Medley
■Completed transaction segregating 95.4% of the water owned by a 123-year-old irrigation company into individual ownership and municipal use. Dan Jensen, Matt Jensen
■Completed two acquisitions and related due diligence for national mining operator to develop additional strategic reserves in Utah. Dan Jensen, Kass Wallin
■Successfully resolved longstanding high-stakes dispute to facilitate mining on joint tenancy property. Dan Jensen, Steve Sargent
■Prepared title opinions and title clean-up work for hundreds of mining claims throughout Nevada. Dan Jensen
■Negotiated and settled crucial 14-year-old water right dispute between private duck hunting club and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Obtained court order confirming client’s essential water rights. Dan Jensen, Matt Jensen, Erin St. John
■Assisted in the acquisition and development of a lithium deposit in Utah, including necessary brine and water rights. Dan Jensen
■Performed title due diligence and prepared documentation to acquire pivotal outstanding production royalty interest in gold property in Nevada. Dan Jensen
■Provided counsel regarding government permitting and performed due diligence regarding mineral rights, water rights, and operations for sand, gravel, and mineral extraction projects in Utah. Roger Henriksen, Kass Wallin, Matt Jensen
■Negotiated and drafted complex joint venture agreement with IG Copper for large metal exploration project. Matthew Jensen, Dan Jensen, Jordan Toone, Chase Manderino