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May 13, 2019

The Utah Defense Lawyers Association awarded Spencer Brown its Horizon Award for 2019

Congratulations to our colleague Spencer Brown! The Utah Defense Lawyers Association awarded Spencer its Horizon Award for 2019. The Horizon Award is given to a lawyer who demonstrates excellent and distinguished service in the area of civil defense and who has practiced less than 15 years. Sp... 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
May 3, 2016

Current State of Miranda – Public Safety Exception & Terrorism Investigation.

Recent Artice by Kat Abke of Strong & Hanni Law Firm Featured in Salt Lake Tribune Law Day Special Edition   Since Miranda v. Arizona was decided in 1966, the “Miranda Warnings” have become ingrained in the national conscience as an essential component of police procedure, so much so that the United States Supreme Court has recognized only one exception to the warning requirement. This exception, known as the public safety except... Read more
March 30, 2016

Peter Christensen And Kathryn Smith Obtained Victory At Utah Supreme Court

The Utah Supreme Court ruled that children under 5 cannot be held legally responsible for negligence, saying they have a limited capacity to appreciate how their actions can harm others and an "inadequate internal ability" to control impulses that might lead to injuries. The ruling reverses a 3rd District Court order denying a request to dismiss negligence claims against a 4 year old boy, who was sued by his babysitter for allegedly causing her t... Read more
March 17, 2016


ALPINE HOME MEDICAL PRESIDENT JAY BROADBENT NAMED UTAH’S SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR Broadbent to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on May 1-2   Utah Small Business Person of the Year - Alpine Home Medical
Jay B. Broadbent is the Founder and President of Salt Lake City-based Alpine Home Medical.  Since 1997, Alpine Home Medical has been one of Utah’s premier providers of sales, leasing and servicing of home medical... Read more