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Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, A Professional Corporation

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President: Jonathan O. Hafen
Number of partners: 53
Number of other lawyers: 19

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:
-Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
-Real Estate Development & Finance
-Commercial Litigation
-Environmental & Natural Resources
-Media & First Amendment

Mergers & Acquisitions:

■ Represented Merit Medical Systems in acquiring Thomas Medical Products, Biosphere Medical, DFINE, and other targets totaling more than $500M. Michael Schefer, Kenneth Tillou, Spencer Romney, Nathanael Paynter, Lamont Richardson
■ Represented NexPhase Capital in transactions exceeding $1.25B. Kent Larsen, Seth King, Kenneth Tillou, Spencer Romney, Michael Schefer, Lamont Richardson
■ Sale by ICON Health & Fitness of Altra footwear brand to VF Corp. for $135M. Spencer Romney, Seth King, Gregory Hess and Kenneth Tillou
■ Represented SkyWest Airlines in acquisitions of ExpressJet (public) and ASA airlines (from Delta Air Lines), and in sales of the combined ExpressJet Airlines to United Airlines and ManaAir, totaling in excess of $2B. Dale Hansen, Seth King, Michael Schefer, Nathanael Paynter, Kenneth Tillou
■ Barrick Gold’s acquisition of Cortez gold mine interest from Rio Tinto for $1.7B. Clayton Parr, Daniel Jensen, Kenneth Tillou, Seth King

Corporate & Securities:
■ Represented DW Healthcare Partners and Council Capital in a series of portfolio company investments totaling over $200M. Michael Schefer, Kenneth Tillou, Nathanael Paynter
■ $225M of underwritten secondary public offerings for Merit Medical. Michael Schefer
■ Represented Pluralsight in private offerings exceeding $100M. Michael Schefer, Kenneth Tillou, Nathanael Paynter
■ Underwritten secondary public offerings exceeding $80M for Altair Nanotechnologies. Michael Schefer

Real Estate, Development & Finance:
■ Acquisition and entitlement of approximately 4,000 acres for mixed use development. Roger Henriksen, Robert McConnell, Matthew Jensen
■ Negotiation of ground lease, operating agreement and construction agreements for $160M condominium hotel. Roger Henriksen, Robert McConnell
■ Construction and condominium documents for resort condominium projects (aggregate $130M). Roger Henriksen, Robert McConnell
■ Master declaration, plat review, and owners association documentation for $3B resort development. Roger Henriksen
■ Acquisition and financing for apartment complex ($40M). Roger Henriksen, Robert McConnell

■ Obtained dismissal of defamation claims for major newspaper on issues of first impression involving defamatory meaning and autism. Jeffrey Hunt, David Reymann, Sara Nielsen
■ $15M judgment in eminent domain case against UDOT one of the largest verdicts in the history of Utah takings jurisprudence. Affirmed on appeal. Jonathan Hafen, Justin Matkin, Jeffery Balls
■ Western Energy Partners v Raven Mining. Favorable jury verdict dismissing multimillion dollar claims of improper contract termination. Michael Hoppe, LaShel Shaw
■ Successfully defended an international cattle broker against $10M claim of fraud and breach of contract arising from a cattle deal in the Middle East, resulting in payment to client for its damages and fees. Craig Parry
■ Obtained reversal by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals of erroneous trial court ruling dismissing multimillion dollar claims for breach of contract and tortious interference. Jonathan Hafen, Jonathan Schofield, Michael Anderson, Cynthia Love, Stephen Mouritsen
■ Vindicated first amendment right of access for news media to security video of fatal courtroom shooting. Jeffrey Hunt, David Reymann
■ Successfully defeated $3M claim for securities fraud following three-week FINRA arbitration. Craig Parry
■ Dismissal of legal malpractice claims. Jonathan Hafen, Mary Ann May, Mike Lehr
■ Obtained ruling, affirmed on appeal, that insurer had duty to defend client in construction defect claim lawsuits worth millions of dollars. Stephen Hale, Justin Matkin, Laura Kennedy

Intellectual Property (Disputes):
■ Dismissal of $65M pharmaceutical trade secret claim. Robert Clark, Chad Pehrson
■ Dismissal of claims filed against DNA-testing company in patent license dispute. Craig Parry, Chad Pehrson
■ Resolved patent inventorship and trade secret dispute involving biologic therapy. Robert Clark, Chad Pehrson, Jeremy Brodis
■ Successfully resolved trademark dispute for educational technology company. Jonathan Hafen, Gregory Hess, Chad Pehrson, Jeremy Brodis
■ Resolved multimillion dollar claims involving two major network marketing companies regarding alleged theft of distributors and trade secrets. Jeffrey Hunt, David Reymann

Environmental & Natural Resources:
■ Environmental, water and real estate due diligence and counsel regarding a 2,000-acre ski resort development on a former mining site. Roger Henriksen, Steven Christiansen, Matthew Jensen
■ Environmental due diligence and direction involving former Superfund site. Steven Christiansen
■ Negotiated consent decree with US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers on wetlands restoration project at Utah Lake. Steven Christiansen
■ Property due diligence in $1.66B refinancing transaction by international soda ash production company. Daniel Jensen, Matthew Jensen
■ Prepared title opinions for over 800 mining claims in Nevada. Daniel Jensen
■ Counsel for major mining company in agreement to purchase 365 mining claims in Elko County, Nevada. Daniel Jensen
■ Completed title review updates for 302 unpatented mining claims, 9 patented mining claims and 2 fee tracts in White Pine County, Nevada. Daniel Jensen
■ Arranged water supply contracts for development of commercial condominium project in Park City, Utah. Daniel Jensen
■ Prepared title opinions on 121 unpatented mining claims and 6 patented mining claims in Nye County, Nevada. Daniel Jensen
■ Title analysis, due diligence reviews, and development agreements in connection with several solar energy projects. Daniel Jensen, Robert McConnell, Steven Christiansen, Jordan Toone
■ Water rights counsel for agricultural investment fund’s optimization of large farming operations. Matthew Jensen
■ Successfully negotiated multimillion dollar settlement in royalty dispute for major mining company. David Reymann, Matt Jensen
■ Acquisition of mineral interests and mining rights relating to historical mining properties. Roger Henriksen, Robert McConnell, Matthew Jensen

■ Jury verdict in favor of employer in age discrimination action. Heidi Leithead, Jonathan Hafen, Mary Ann May
■ Employment representation of large Japanese company expanding operations throughout US and over 30 countries. Craig Parry