The following news items are about Kirton McConkie, its attorneys and clients. Additional information can be found in our Articles, Legal Alerts and Events sections.

  • September 4, 2014

    Kirton McConkie labor and employment attorney Robert McKinley is a member of the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees. The UTA was the recipient of the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

  • August 18, 2014

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 22  lawyers in 23 different categories were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015. 

  • June 11, 2014

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 39 of its attorneys were selected as Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2014. Click the article title to read more.

  • June 11, 2014

    Kirton  McConkie is pleased to announce the firm’s Real Estate, Corporate/M&A and Energy & Natural Resources/Water practices were ranked in the annual Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers 2014.

  • May 27, 2014

    Mr. Mabey, who joined Kirton McConkie as a Shareholder this month, recalled recently for The Wall Street Journal how serving as a bankruptcy judge in Utah from 1979 to 1983 set him on his current path. Click the headline to read more.

  • May 15, 2014

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce noted business bankruptcy and workout attorney Judge Ralph R. Mabey (Ret.) has joined the firm as a Shareholder. Click title to view press release.

  • April 17, 2014

    Kirton McConkie client, Sandeep Sharma, president and CEO of Global Consulting International Inc. (GCI), will be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Utah’s Small Business Person of the Year in Washington D.C. on May 15 and 16. In 2013, Mr. Sharma was recognized as Utah’s SBA Minority Small Business.

    Attorney Lee Wright represents GCI and acts in the capacity of the company's general counsel. The firm also provides contract review, litigation and corporate assistance.

  • March 11, 2014

    Kirton McConkie intellectual property attorney David Conklin was chosen as a featured speaker at Utah Code Camp 2014 from over 120 presentation submissions.

    He will present an overview of important intellectual property (IP) concepts programmers should consider to protect their code.

  • February 27, 2014

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 36 of its attorneys in 11 categories were selected as Utah Business magazine’s Utah Legal Elite for 2014.

  • February 24, 2014

    Kirton McConkie real estate attorney Loyal Hulme was honored as CCIM's 2014 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year.

  • February 10, 2014

    Geoff Germane, a Tax and Estate Planning Shareholder at Kirton McConkie, was recently certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® with the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils and as an Estate Planning Law Specialist with the Estate Law Specialist Board.

  • January 2014

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to welcome new Shareholder, Park Lloyd, to the firm.

  • December 19, 2013

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce David Conklin, Geoff Germane, Bryant Keller, M. Thomas Schofield and Jeffrey Steed were recently elected Shareholders.

  • Kirton McConkie website wins 2013 Legal Standard of Excellence Award
    October 21, 2013

    The Kirton McConkie website was recognized by the Web Marketing Association for a 2013 Legal Standard of Excellence Award. The recognition is for outstanding achievement in website development.

  • October 21, 2013

    Willis Orton, a litigation Shareholder at Kirton McConkie, who also completed a five-year term as a Co-Chair of TAGLaw's  Litigation & ADR Specialty Group, attended the 29th international TAGLAW conference in Munich, Germany

  • Kirton McConkie client, Be Great Partners, launches startup incubator in Los Angeles
    September 18, 2013

    Kirton McConkie congratulates Be Great Partners for a successful launch of its startup incubator program in Los Angeles. Business attorney Tony Mejia has been instrumental in working with the client to organize the individual companies within the incubator program in which startups in early and growth stages of development will have access.

    The incubator is known as Be Great Labs has already invested in 23 startup companies, most of which are in the Los Angeles area.

  • Kirton McConkie lawyers participate in Utah Constitution Day
    September 17, 2013

    On September 17, 2013, all across Utah, students in grades 5 through 12 learned about the three independent branches of the government and the importance of an independent judiciary from judges and lawyers.

    Six Kirton McConkie lawyers participated in the program:

    Rod Andreason
    Ryan Frazier
    Ben Hathaway
    Dallas Rosevear
    Tiffany Smith
    Analise Wilson

    Kirton McConkie litigation lawyer Ben Hathaway helped lead The Utah State Bar’s Civics Committee in making the constitution come alive for many of Utah’s students.

  • August 15, 2013

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 16  lawyers in 16 different categories were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

  • July 26, 2013

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce Lance Rich, Adam Stevens and Brinton Wilkins were recently elected Shareholders.

  • June 12, 2013

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 39 of its attorneys were selected as Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2013. The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer evaluations and independent research on the candidates.

  • June 12, 2013

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 11 lawyers were selected for inclusion in the National Super Lawyers Business Edition for 2013.

  • June 10, 2013

    Kirton  McConkie is pleased to announce the firm’s Real Estate, Corporate/M&A and Energy & Natural Resources practices were ranked in the annual Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers 2013.


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  • May 23, 2013

    Kirton McConkie tax and estate planning lawyer, Thomas Mecham was invited to become a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the practice of estate and trust law. 

  • May 20, 2013

    Kirton McConkie client, Global Consulting International, was honored at the 2013 Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Utah Small Business Awards luncheon as the Minority Small Business of the Year.

  • May 16, 2013

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce William Meaders, Jr., a firm Shareholder and real estate attorney, was honored by the Utah State Bar on May 15th with the 2013 Distinguished Real Property Practitioner of the Year Award.

  • May 10, 2013

    Kirton McConkie’s legal alliance, TAGLaw®, a leading alliance of independent law firms from around the world, recently held its 28th international conference from May 6th through 8th in Boston. In attendance at the conference were R. Willis Orton and Ryan B. Frazier, both partners in the firm’s Business Litigation section.

  • May 1, 2013

    Kirton McConkie Associate, Analise Wilson, was awarded the Young Lawyer 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award. Click the article title above to read how Analise has helped a 90-year-old widow save her home.

  • April 22, 2013

    Kirton McConkie client, Smart PJs, won Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startup for the "World’s First Interactive Pajamas." David Conklin, intellectual property attorney, has done all of the company's intellectual property work, including filing two patent applications and registering the trademark, SMARTPJS.

  • April 19, 2013

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce its legal alliance, TAGLaw, was recognized as Elite in the Chambers Global 2013 rankings guide for legal networks.

  • April 16, 2013

    Kirton McConkie was selected as an Official Honoree in The 17th Annual Webby Awards in the Law category. With 11,000 entries received from all 50 US states and over 60 countries, the Official Honoree distinction is awarded to the top 15% of all work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement.

  • April 2013

    As of May 14, 2013, Utah will have a new domestic Asset Protection Trust (DAPT) statute authorizing the creation of trusts with such significant asset protection features that Utah should now be considered among the best jurisdictions in the nation for self-settled spendthrift trusts, along with (and perhaps ahead of) Nevada, South Dakota, Alaska and Delaware.

  • April 11, 2013

    On April 11, 2013, a Kirton McConkie client, represented by R. Willis Orton, Cameron M. Hancock and Stephen W. Geary, was paid $1.55 million as part of a buyout of interests in an LLC.

  • January/February 2013

    Kirton McConkie's client Municipal Solutions was featured on the cover of ICMA’s January/February issue of Public Management magazine. Company consultants Chris Hillman, Colin Baenziger, Jim Thomas, Rick Davis and David Evertsen are highlighted in the cover story.

  • January 30, 2013

    Kirton McConkie congratulates client City Creek Reserve, Inc. and its partner Taubman Centers in its collaboration on City Creek Center. The mixed-use development was recognized twice in the prestigious 2012 International Property Awards as Best Retail Development, USA and one of the top three winners for Best International Retail Development.

  • January 29, 2013

    ALM recently recognized Kirton McConkie as a top intellectual property law firm for Fortune 500 companies.

  • December 20, 2012

    Michael Johnston, Shawn Richards, and Adam Wahlquist were elected Shareholders at Kirton McConkie.

  • December 19, 2012

    Kirton McConkie attorneys David Wahlquist, Ryan Frazier and Loyal Hulme were successful in obtaining judgment dismissing all claims with prejudice and awarding clients Ron Thorne and Grantsville Holdings, LLC attorneys fees and costs.

  • December 17, 2012

    Law enforcement seems to have discovered a way to fine the Internet. If you are an app developer, it is time to get equally serious about legal compliance. The California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 will finally be enforced by the California Attorney General’s Office. Any app developers caught in the law enforcement privacy protection net are subject to potential fines of $2,500 per download.

  • November 28, 2012

    Kirton McConkie's entry into the Interactive Media Council’s Interactive Media Award (IMA) competition garnered the Best in Class, the highest honor presented by IMA.

  • November 27, 2012

    Kirton McConkie real estate and charter school attorney Joel Wright worked on recently passed legislation allowing Utah Charter Schools more favorable financing rates. The Utah Charter School Finance authority priced a $17 million in revenue bonds for The Ogden Preparatory Academy.

    Under the new program, the school's interest rate was lowered, perhaps the lowest in the U.S. on such a transaction, to 3.68 percent  and AA rating from BBB- at 5 percent.

  • November 23, 2012

    On November 23, 2012, Judge Todd Shaughnessy of Utah’s Third Judicial District Court issued an order dismissing a Missouri plaintiff’s breach of contract civil lawsuit filed against Missouri defendants represented by Kirton McConkie’s R. Willis Orton and Adam M. Kaas. 

  • November 16, 2012

    Kirton McConkie intellectual property attorney, Kenneth Horton, has provided IP legal counsel to Aribex since 2004 and was responsible for all intellectual property due diligence during the acquisition process.

  • Kirton McConkie intellectual property lawyer Dax Anderson successfully defends client Utah Medical Products
    October 23, 2012

    Kirton McConkie client Utah Medical Products was sued for false advertising and trademark infringement. Intellectual Property attorney, Dax Anderson, successfully transferred the case from the plaintiff’s home venue in Georgia to California where the law was more favorable to the client’s position. Once in California, Mr. Anderson successfully obtained summary judgment on the plaintiff’s claim for false advertising and worked with a co-defendant to obtain summary judgment on the trademark infringement claims. 

  • October 22, 2012

    Willis Orton, a Shareholder with Kirton McConkie, will attend an international conference in Brussels hosted by TAGLaw®, a leading alliance of independent law firms from around the world.

  • Zenger and Anderson successfully represent CleanCut in lawsuit
    October 10, 2012

    Kirton McConkie intellectual property litigation lawyers Todd Zenger and Dax Anderson successfully represented client CleanCut in a lawsuit against Rug Doctor for patent infringement. At trial, Rug Doctor argued CleanCut’s patents were invalid. The jury, however, found Rug Doctor willfully infringed, induced others to willfully infringe multiple claims of CleanCut’s patents and awarded damages based on Rug Doctor’s willful infringement.