Paul M. Belnap Shareholder

Commercial Litigation
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation
Products Liability
Professional Liability
Transportation

Paul has nearly 30 years of experience representing clients in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation cases, product liability cases, professional liability cases, and transportation cases. He handles matters involving litigated claims, administrative claims, arbitration, mediation or negotiation of legal issues and helps clients resolve claims before litigation through alternative dispute forums when possible.

Paul has successfully concluded over 30 bad faith cases on motions for summary judgment and tried several others to successful conclusions. He handles issues including first- and third-party defense, defense of agents, and related coverage litigation. He has successfully defended large product liability cases ranging from construction products to power equipment. In addition to these products, he has defended cases involving motor vehicle/wrecker design and manufacturing equipment. He also handles matters in areas of personal injury and property damage defense, and first-party auto issues.

Paul has extensive experience in all stages of litigation in both state and federal courts, including jury trial and appellate practice. He has experience trying cases before both United States District courts and Utah State Trial Courts. He has argued over 25 cases in appellate courts including before the Utah Supreme Court, Utah Appellate Court, and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Davis County Bar Association

Salt Lake County Bar Association

Weber County Bar Association

Master of the Bench, Rex E. Lee Inns of Court

President, Rex E. Lee Inns of Court, 2002

Member, Utah State Bar Committee, “Improving Jury Service”, 2001-2004

Member, Advisory Committee, Utah State Bar on Model Civil Jury Institutions

 

“AV” rated with Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics

“Defense Lawyer of the Year”, 2003

Recognized in Utah Business Magazine’s “Utah Legal Elite”

Recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer by Mountain States Super Lawyers magazine

Campbell v. State Farm Mut. Auto Inc. Co., 2004 UT 34 (Utah, 2004)

Harris v. Albrecht, 2004 UT 13 (Utah, 2004)

Campbell v. State Farm Mut. Auto Inc. Co., 538 U.S. 408 (U.S., 2003)

Bishop v. GenTec, 48 P.3d 281 (Utah 2002)

Campbell v. State Farm Mut. Auto Inc. Co., 65 P.3D 1134 (Utah, 2001)

Holmes v. American States Ins. Co., 1 P.3d 552 (Utah Ct. App., 2000)

Olsen v. McMillen Elec., 976 P.2d 606 (Utah 1999)

National Serv. Indus. V. B.W. Norton Mfg. Co., 937 P.2d 551, (Utah Ct. App; 1997)

Packer v. National Serv. Indus., 909 P.2d 1277, (Utah Ct. App; 1997)

Askew v. Hardman, 918 P.2d 469. (Utah, 1996)

Avertt v. Grange, 909 P.2d 246, (Utah 1995)

Sullivan v. Scoular Grain Co., 853 P.2d 877, (Utah 1993)

Freund v. Utah Power & Light, 793 P.2d 1087, (Utah, 1990)

Horton v. Goldminer’s Daughter, 785 P.2d 1087; (Utah 1989)

Overthurst Constructors, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., 676 F. Supp 1086, (D. Utah, 1989)

Wagenman v. State Farm Ins., 726 F. Supp. 1239, (D. Utah, 1989)

Gagon v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 771 P.2d 325, (Utah, 1988)

Gagon v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 746 P.2d 1194 (Utah Ct. App., 1987)

Freund v. Utah Power & Light, 625 F. Supp. 272, (D. Utah, 1985)

 

Paul M. Belnap