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September 1, 2017

Law student Taylor Webb named recipient of the inaugural Glenn C. and Bruhneild R.Hanni Scholarship

Taylor Webb grew up in a family whose career backgrounds were predominately geared toward the medical field, but the Las Vegas native always felt more at home in a courtroom setting. She participated in mock trial while in high school in Nevada and when the time came to choose a college, moving to ... Read more
July 18, 2017

Strong & Hanni’s Michael Stahler Becomes Chair of the Utah State Bar’s Litigation Section

Strong & Hanni’s Michael Stahler Becomes Chair of the Utah State Bar’s Litigation Section   On July 1st, Michael Stahler became Chair of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar for the 2017-2018 year.  The Litigation Section is the largest Section of the Utah State Bar. Stahler is a Shareholder of Strong & Hanni and has been in practice since 2008.  Though Stahler specializes in defending parties in civil litigation, ... Read more
June 29, 2017

The Utah Court of Appeals recently ruled unanimously in favor of Strong & Hanni

The Utah Court of Appeals recently ruled unanimously in favor of Strong & Hanni appellate attorney, Spencer Brown, in the case of Specht v. Big Water Town, 2017 UT App 75. In that case, the Court addressed issues regarding whether the decision of a local government to grant a variance to one lot owner in the face of an objection by another lot owner was legal. It also addressed whether a single lot owner had standing to contest land use deci... Read more
January 19, 2017


Strong & Hanni Law Firm is proud to announce that 17 attorneys have been named as 2017 Utah Super Lawyers, Rising Stars & Utah Legal Elite. These designations, conferred upon the most respected legal practitioners in the state, is based upon peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team to receive these honors.  The selection process includes indep... Read more
December 7, 2016

An Update on Utah’s Antidiscrimination & Religious Liberty Bill

An Update on Utah’s Antidiscrimination & Religious Liberty bill   In 2015, Utah was heralded as successfully enacting a “monumental” state bill to strike some sort of balance between religious groups and members of the LGBTQ community in regards to employment. The bill, signed into law in May 2015, provides certain employment protections for a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. These protected classes were adde... Read more
November 16, 2016

William Ingram and Alan Houston obtain favorable verdict in breach of contract case

Strong & Hanni represented Dr. Aaron Barson in a breach of contract action against a supplement manufacturer, its owner, and its successor company.  Dr. Barson claimed that the supplement manufacturer had breached a royalty agreement it had with him, and that the owner and successor company were also liable for that breach.  After a three-day jury trial, the jury determined that the manufacturer had breached Dr. Barson’s royalty agreement... Read more
November 3, 2016

Paul Belnap and Alan Houston obtain favorable jury verdict in quiet title lawsuit.

Strong & Hanni represented a local machine shop owner, Zdenek Sorf, in a quiet title lawsuit against the owner of a neighboring building and the alley that ran between the two parties’ buildings.  Mr. Sorf claimed an implied easement to use the alley for ingress and egress, parking, and deliveries to his building, while the opposing party argued that Mr. Sorf had no such easement over the alley.  After a four-day jury trial, the jury dete... Read more
November 1, 2016

Just in Time for the Holidays—Overtime Changes are Coming

UPDATE:  On November 22nd, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of the new overtime regulations that are discussed below.  The Department of Labor has announced they will appeal the ruling.  Stay tuned for further information.   While employers often bestow December gifts on their employees, this year’s biggest presents come courtesy of the Department of Labor.  Effective December 1, 2016 ma... Read more
October 28, 2016

Medium and large Utah employers must provide reasonable accommodations to breastfeeding employees

The Utah Antidiscrimination Act prohibits Utah employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against their employees because of their race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions. And Utah’s 2016 legislative session expanded the legal protections afforded to employees with pregnancy-, childbirth-, or breastfeeding-related c... Read more
June 9, 2016

Strong & Hanni’s Michael Stahler is Elected the Chair-Elect of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section

At the Utah State Bar Litigation Section’s 2016 Annual Meeting, members unanimously elected Strong & Hanni Shareholder Michael Stahler as the Chair-Elect for the Section.  The Litigation Section, with approximately 2,500 members, is the largest Section of the Utah State Bar and is very instrumental in the Utah State Bar.  Stahler will serve as Chair for the 2017-2018 year.  During the past year, Stahler, as Treasurer, and other members o... Read more
May 12, 2016

Catherine Larson and Kathleen Abke Obtain Unanimous Verdict

This case involved an allegation by Plaintiff that she suffered fractures to two lumbar vertebrae during spine surgery by a St. George orthopedic spine surgeon.  Specifically, the surgeon utilized a relatively new minimally invasive surgical procedure, known as an XLIF, in which he performed an indirect decompression of the L4 and L5 lumbar vertebrae from which Plaintiff suffered with degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, and spinal c... Read more