Jones Waldo

Salt Lake City Office

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President: Keven M Rowe
Chairman: Nathan D Thomas
Number of partners: 38
Number of lawyers: 75
Languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Samoan, Sign Language, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1875 by Joseph L Rawlins, who became Utah’s first full-term US Senator, Jones Waldo has grown to become one of Utah’s largest and most diversely experienced law firms. Built on a strong foundation of service and knowledge of Utah’s core industries, the firm continues to evolve through meeting new challenges, finding innovative solutions and advancing legal trends. With departments in business, real estate and litigation, attorneys at Jones Waldo have expertise to solve complex client needs in nearly every area of business. The firm has a long history of serving local, regional and national business clients, along with a tradition of serving the community in numerous voluntary capacities, such as the State Board of Regents, arts councils and boards, and advisory committees. Jones Waldo has claimed a number of elected officers among its ranks, including Utah’s only governor to serve three full terms, and several members of the state legislature. The firm has also seen a substantial number of its lawyers become Utah state and federal judges. 

Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative advocacy; agricultural and other; cooperatives; antitrust; appellate litigation; arbitration and mediation; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; commercial lending and banking; commercial litigation; commercial property acquisition,; development and management; communications; competitive issues; construction law; criminal law; direct sales; domestic and family law; emerging companies; eminent domain; employment and labor law; energy, natural resources and environmental law; entrepreneurship in higher education; environmental litigation; estates and trusts; executive compensation and employee benefits; financial services and regulatory compliance; foreclosure and workout; franchise law; general counsel services; government incentives for relocation and expansion; government relations; healthcare law; immigration; insurance regulatory law; insurance/tort; intellectual property; intellectual property litigation; international law; joint ventures and strategic alliances; land use/entitlements; legal ethics and professional responsibility; life sciences; litigation and advocacy for land use and environmental law; media; mergers and acquisitions; nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations; outdoor sports and recreation products industry; owners associations; plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice; group; private litigation services; real estate finance; representative transactions; residential development; resort and leisure development; retail development; securities; tax; technology; water rights.

Jones Waldo has a broad, full-service business law practice covering virtually every phase of corporate and commercial activity. The firm’s lawyers practice in a variety of areas in the business field, including agricultural co-ops, commercial lending and banking, communications, emerging companies, estates and trusts, executive compensation and employee benefits, franchise and distribution, general counsel services, government relations, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, securities, tax, and technology.

Real Estate:
Jones Waldo’s real estate department is comprised of experts in acquisitions, development, leasing, investing, managing and financing. The firm has extensive experience in virtually all aspects of real estate matters. Over the years, the department has closed hundreds of transactions in nearly every state. Department attorneys have worked on the negotiation and preparation of documents related to the acquisition and sale of real property (commercial, resort, residential and multi-family), commercial leasing (including shopping center and office building leasing) and agreements pertaining to the development of real property (mixed-use projects, resorts, distribution centers and industrial parks) throughout Utah and the United States. Jones Waldo attorneys also have experience in environmental remediation, boundary law, easements, title review and surveys.

Jones Waldo is involved in a broad spectrum of cases in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies. With strong emphasis on business-related litigation, firm lawyers act as litigation counsel for a large number of national and international corporations and represent a wide variety of clients in all areas of commercial and business law.