Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation
Jim has substantial experience defending a variety of clients in a wide range of cases. Jim has defended catastrophic personal injury cases involving complex liability issues as well as multi-faceted construction defect and wrongful termination cases. Jim regularly defends matters involving automobile and premises liability. He has experience handling first party issues, including fraud and special investigation cases. He has obtained summary judgment and successfully tried numerous cases. He has experience before the United States District Court for the District of Utah and Utah state trial courts. In the course of his career, a strength that Jim has developed is an ability to process large amounts of information to comprehend the impact on his client’s case.
Jim approaches the practice of law with three goals in mind – trust, communication, and value. First, Jim’s philosophy of practicing law begins with his clients’ trust. He knows that they have trusted him to effectively represent them and, foremost in Jim’s mind, is his responsibility to represent his clients’ interest. Similarly, Jim seeks to be trustworthy in all aspects of litigation, including his interaction with the court and other counsel.
Next, Jim believes that communication is vital to effectively litigate and resolve cases. Jim ensures that his clients are informed regarding all significant case developments and responds promptly to questions or concerns that they may have.
Finally, Jim seeks to provide value and cost-effectiveness in his representation. A problem-solver by nature, Jim seeks for ways to effectively represent his clients while engaging in litigation activities that will move the case efficiently towards resolution or trial.
Outside of the office, Jim spends his time with his adorable wife and four active sons.
Utah State Bar
Utah State Bar Litigation Section
Utah State Bar Construction Law Section
Utah Defense Lawyers Association
Published Case Decisions
Mutual of Enumclaw v. Ensign Traders, LLC, 2015 WL 1401693 (D. Utah 2015) (summary judgment on insurance coverage claim)
Fralick v. Henry Day Ford, 2014 WL 1875705 (D. Utah 2014) (summary judgment on wrongful termination and ADA claims)
Remund v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 483 Fed. Appx. 403 (10th Cir. 2012) (summary judgment for bad faith and insurance coverage claims)
Wade v. Gaither, 2011 WL 112270 (D. Utah 2011) (professional liability defense)