News Archive

News about the firm and its attorneys older than two years is archived in this section.

  • June 13, 2017
  • May 5, 2017
  • April 14, 2017

    TAGLaw recognized as one of the preeminent legal networks and alliances in the world.

  • February 2017

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 36 of its attorneys in 12 categories were selected as Utah Business magazine's Utah Legal Elite for 2017. 

  • February 8, 2017
  • February 1, 2017
  • January 2017

    Over the past decade, Kirton McConkie has experienced tremendous growth and nearly doubled in size. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our strong roots and our talented attorneys who individually and collectively contribute to our success. Special thanks to Elaine C. Young, R. Gary Winger, Adelaide Maudsley, Cameron M. Hancock and Loyal C. Hulme who are featured in this article. And, a tremendous thank you to each of our clients who give us the opportunity to meet their legal needs.

  • December 21, 2016

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce two firm Associates have been elected as Shareholders: 

  • October 2016
  • June 15, 2016

    Kirton McConkie is please to announce Managing Intellectual Property has recognized the firms for its Intellectual Property practice and naming three of the firm's attorneys as 2016 IP Stars.

  • March 2016

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 32 of its attorneys were selected as Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2016.

  • February 2016

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 32 of its attorneys in 12 categories were selected as Utah Business magazine's Utah Legal Elite for 2016. 

  • December 18, 2015

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce three firm Associates have been elected as Shareholders: Tyler L. Buswell, Alexander N. Pearson, Brian D. Tucker.

  • November 3, 2015

    Kirton McConkie was ranked as a Utah Tier 1 law firm for 2016 by U.S. News & Best Lawyers. Five practice areas were recognized: bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, construction litigation, real estate and tax.

  • October 29, 2015

    R. Willis Orton, Christopher S. Hill, and Ryan B. Frazier, all shareholders of Kirton McConkie, recently returned from attending the international conference of TAGLaw held on October 26-28, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.

  • September 11, 2015

    The Utah Court of Appeals issued an opinion on September 11, 2015, affirming the dismissal of claims brought by a junior lienholder against a senior lienholder which had previously successfully foreclosed on a deed of trust (Capri Sunshine, LLC v. E&C Fox Investments, LLC, 2015 UT App 231).

  • September 2, 2015

    Kirton McConkie is a proud donor to the construction fund along with several firm attorneys for the new University of Utah College of Law building. Click title to read more.

  • August 18, 2015

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 24 lawyers in 24 different legal categories were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016. This distinction is the most esteemed in the entire legal profession, recognizing only the top 4 percent of attorneys in the country. Click title to see the attorney list.

  • August 12, 2015

    Kirton McConkie client, Ski Butlers, was recently ranked in the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine. Click title to read more.

  • August 10, 2015

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce the launch of Perspective, the firm's law blog, featuring news, updates and information in areas such as intellectual property, immigration, corporate, employment, international, broadband and franchising. Tax and other topics will be added soon. Click title to read more.

  • August 10, 2015

    Kirton McConkie adoption attorneys Larry Jenkins and Lance Rich brought a contentious adoption case to a successful close.The Utah Supreme Court upheld a district court’s denial of a motion by a putative father to intervene in an adoption proceeding. Click title to read more.

  • August 5, 2015

    Kirton McConkie employment attorney Robert McKinley recently settled a claim for a chain of Mexican restaurants.

  • July 28, 2015

    Kirton McConkie PC has bolstered its new, European Markets practice in Salt Lake City with a former Ballard Spahr LLP partner who is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, securities and EB-5 matters and regularly advises clients on European transactions. 

  • July 20, 2015


    The U.S. Department of Justice announced the City of Ammon’s ‘School Emergency Screencast Application’ as the winner in its National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Ultra-High Speed Apps: Using Current Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Operations Challenge. Click title to read more.

  • Kirton McConkie client, Kneaders, names new President/CFO
    July 15, 2015

    Kirton McConkie client, Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, named David Vincent As President And CFO. To read more, click here.

  • Kirton McConkie client, Kneaders, featured in Franchise Times
    June 2015

    Kirton McConkie client, Kneaders, was highlighted in Franchise Times for its rapid, yet methodical growth. The company currently has 35 franchise units and has experienced 375 percent sales growth over the past five years. Through its franchise practice, Kirton McConkie provides Kneaders with a wide range of legal services. To read the full article, click here.

  • June 12, 2015

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 36 of its attorneys were selected as Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2015.

  • June 2, 2015

    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 2015. Click title to read more

  • May 6, 2015

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce the expansion of its Commercial Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights practice with the addition of business bankruptcy and workout attorney Adelaide Maudsley, who recently joined the firm as a Shareholder in the Litigation section. Her practice focus is representation of banks, lenders, and other types of creditors in bankruptcy, receivership, restructuring, and workout matters. Click title to read more.

  • May 5, 2015

    Kirton McConkie litigation attorney, Willis Orton, recently attended TAGLaw’s 32nd international conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • April 3, 2015

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 29 of its attorneys in 14 categories were selected as Utah Business magazine's Utah Legal Elite for 2015. 

  • January 29, 2015

    Charles W. Dahlquist, II, Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany since 1999, was honored at a retirement ceremony January 29, 2015 and also received the German Order of Merit, First Class, the highest tribute the German government pays to individuals for service to Germany. James T. Burton was installed as the new Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany for Utah. Dahlquist and Burton are Shareholders with Kirton McConkie.

  • October 29, 2014

    Kirton McConkie client, The Ritchie Group, L.C., and Evergreen Properties, a conglomerate of real estate investment specialists based in Salt Lake City, took a big step forward to bring the Orem, UT Midtown 360 project to fruition.

  • October 17, 2014
  • 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. 

  • July 1, 2014

    The Salt Lake City based law firm of Kirton McConkie is pleased to welcome six new attorneys. Click title to read.

     

  • 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 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 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.

    REAL ESTATE:

    Read Hellewell

    Robert Hyde

    Steven Whitehead

    William Meaders

    CORPORATE/ M&A:

    Gary Winger

    ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES, WATER LAW:

     Christopher Bramhall

  • 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. 

  • September 13, 2012

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce three attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers of America as a 2013 Lawyer of the Year: Von Keetch, Lynn McMurray, R. Gary Winger.

    Only one lawyer in each practice area and metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year, making this accolade particularly significant. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of ability, professionalism and integrity. 

  • September 6, 2012

    Kirton McConkie lawyers negotiated a settlement which was $1.8 million less than the trial court had previously ordered the client to pay.

  • August 23, 2012

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce 14 lawyers in 13 different categories were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2013.

  • July 12, 2012

    Stephanie Wilkins Pugsley, Of Counsel with Kirton McConkie, and her father, retired Utah Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Wilkins are now part of exceptional panel of neutrals with Mediation Services.

  • June 25, 2012

    Kirton McConkie telecommunications attorney, David Shaw, was invited to be involved in the White House initiative, U.S. Ignite Partnership, which was announced last week. The purpose of U.S. Ignite is to promulgate gigabit applications throughout the country. Kirton McConkie client, UTOPIA, is a charter member of U.S. Ignite.

  • June 22, 2012

    Kirton McConkie lawyers R. Willis Orton and Shawn T. Richards successfully prosecuted a criminal contempt proceeding against their client’s civil lawsuit opponent.

  • June 21, 2012

    Kirton McConkie had 37 attorneys recognized as Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2012. The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer evaluations and independent research on the candidates.

  • Kirton McConkie's Paul Savage admitted to The United States Court of Federal Claims
    May 16, 2012

    Kirton McConkie Business and Tax attorney Paul Savage was recently admitted to The United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Savage’s legal practice focuses on domestic and international business, taxation and dispute resolution, including international tax planning, civil tax controversy and tax-exempt entity governance.

    The Court of Federal Claims is authorized to hear money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied-in-fact, with the United States. Approximately one-quarter of the cases before the Court involve tax refund suits, an area in which the court exercises concurrent jurisdiction with United States district courts. The cases tend to involve complex factual and statutory construction issues in tax law.

  • Kirton McConkie's Read Hellewell receives Utah State Bar Distinguished Real Property Practitioner of the Year Award
    May 15, 2012

    Read Hellewell, a Kirton McConkie Shareholder, was recently honored by the Utah State Bar with the Distinguished Real Property Practitioner of the Year Award.

    The Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar annually presents the Distinguished Real Property Practitioner of the Year Award to a real property lawyer who has distinguished himself or herself in the practice of law in the State of Utah. The recipient exemplifies the highest professional and ethical standards of the members of the section.

    Mr. Hellewell joins two other firm recipients— Rob Hyde in 2009 and former Shareholder Denis Morrill (now at Avalon Healthcare) in 2001—who also received the award.

  • Kirton McConkie litigation lawyer Rick Armstrong successfully represents defendant in alleged fraud and breach of contract appeal
    April 26, 2012

    Kirton McConkie Litigation lawyer Rick Armstrong successfully represented defendant High Mark Development in an appeal from an action alleging fraud and breach of contract in connection with the sale of a commercial building. In O’Shea v. High Mark (Docket No. 37869), the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho affirmed, in a 3-2 decision, the judgment of the Seventh Judicial District in favor of defendant, High Mark Development, including attorney fees.

  • March 22, 2012

    Kirton McConkie received The Office Building Project of the Year for 2011 by the Associated General Contractors of Utah for tenant improvements on the Kirton McConkie Building located at 50 East South Temple.

  • January 20, 2012

    Kirton McConkie received an arbitration ruling in US General Construction Company, LLC v. Vernal City.

  • November 1, 2011

    Kirton McConkie was ranked as a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firm for 2011 - 2012 in 10 areas of law

  • August 1, 2011

    Kirton McConkie is pleased to announce eight lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2012.

  • April 29, 2011

    Kirton McConkie announced the largest radio industry transaction in the country in the past five years and one of the top five deals in Utah during the past five years. The Deseret Management Corporation (DMC) and Bonneville International Corporation (BIC) sale of 17 radio stations in four markets to Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. closed on April 28, 2011.

  • April 29, 2011

    Kirton McConkie’s David Shaw, a Business attorney specializing in information technology and telecommunications, served as borrower’s counsel for the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) to close a one-year extension on a $185 million letter of credit.