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R. Shawn Gunnarson

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Kirton McConkie Building
50 East South Temple
Suite 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Gunnarson is a member of the firm's Litigation and First Amendment and Religious Organizations sections. His practice includes Internet governance, telecommunications, constitutional law and appellate litigation. He was recently appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Experience

  • Advise global organizations on Internet governance, formulate strategic recommendations to achieve their goals, and assist with executing that strategy.
  • Quoted in The Economist and The Financial Times in articles discussing Internet governance.
  • Wrote formal comments on proposed changes to the U.S. Department of Commerce contract that authorizes the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to act as the global technical coordinator for the Internet.
  • Wrote formal comments on several policy changes proposed by ICANN.
  • Wrote blogs on ICANN and Internet governance that have attracted 54,000 hits.
  • Served as Senior Counsel to U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett, advising him on issues regarding Internet governance, telecommunications, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, intellectual property, and constitutional law.
  • Served as ex officio member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency.
  • Assisted with civil appeals before federal appellate courts and state supreme courts involving the First Amendment, torts, choice of law, and state rules of civil procedure.
  • Represented a landowner before the U.S. Supreme Court and the South Carolina Supreme Court in a prominent regulatory takings case.
  • Represented state-owned energy suppliers in complex and appellate litigation regarding the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the domestic execution of international arbitral awards, and valid service of process.
  • Represented clients as amici curiae in 40 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, presenting, among others, questions under the Takings Clause, the Commerce Clause, the First Amendment Speech and Establishment Clauses, and the Patent Clause.

Publications

Presentations

Education

Brigham Young University, J.D., cum laude, 1994

  • Scholarly Writing Award, 1994
  • Member, BYU Law Review, 1993-94

Brigham Young University, B.A., Political Science and Honors in Philosophy (University Honors with Thesis), magna cum laude, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 2002
Other Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Affiliations

Appointee, Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure, 2015 - 2019