Class Action: Alumni making news, March 2017

Denise A. Dragoo (’76) Nominated to Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Board of Trustees
Dragoo focuses her practice in natural resources and environmental law, including coal, water, mining, public land and issues affecting the oil and gas industry, mine safety and health law. Dragoo has served as a member of the Leadership Council for the American Bar Association’s Section on  Environment, Energy & Resources and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is the Utah State Bar’s Trustee to the Foundation. She served four terms on the Utah State Bar Commission, was a member of the Board of Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and was an officer and board member of Women Lawyers of Utah.

Kelley Gale (’79) retires from Latham Watkins after 37 years
Kelley joined the firm in 1979 as an associate and became partner in January 1987. Kelley founded the firm’s Project Development & Finance Practice in the mid1980s and has served as the practice’s Global Chair since 2012. He is also the former Cochair of the Air Quality & Climate Change Practice and was the Local Department Chair in San Diego for the Finance Department from 2005-2010. Kelley’s practice centers on the representation of both private and public sector clients in the development, regulation and financing of renewable energy projects and capital intensive infrastructure projects. He has represented major project lenders and developers in connection with many different types of energy projects, including geothermal, wind, solar, biomass, wastetoenergy and hydroelectric, as well as natural gas fired peaking and combined cycle projects. Kelley also has extensive expertise in the development, redevelopment and financing of capital intensive real estate projects.

Mark Moffat (’87) assists in acquitting man of wife’s death
Mark Moffat is one of the founding members of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1987. From 1988 to 1997, Mark worked as a trial lawyer at the Salt Lake Legal Defender’s Office. During his time at the Legal Defender’s office, Mark represented clients charged with a wide variety of criminal acts ranging from simple misdemeanors to felonies to death penalty offenses. In 1995, Mark Moffat was appointed to head the Legal Defender’s Serious Youth Offender Division. In 1998, Mark Moffat and his partners founded the law firm of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat. Focused exclusively on criminal defense, his practice includes misdemeanors and felonies, white collar cases, professional licensing and criminal matters in the juvenile justice system.

Scott C. Williams (’93) assists in Swallow case
Scott C. Williams has been practicing law in Utah for 20 years. He has focused exclusively on criminal defense, representing the accused in local, state and federal trial courts, and in the Utah state and federal appellate courts. His practice spans any and all criminal accusations, from D.U.I to sex crimes to murder. He has represented many high-profile defendants, and has applied the same zealous advocacy and determination to all of his clients. Scott C. Williams has also imparted his experience and expertise to the local bar. He served as President of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He regularly presents and lectures at colleges and seminars. He has represented high profile clients receiving media attention both locally and nationally.

John Huber (’95) to stay as Utah’s U.S. attorney during transition period
John W. Huber was confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2015 as the Presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the District of Utah. With an initial four-year term, he serves as the lead federal law enforcement official in Utah. After graduating with honors from the University of Utah, Mr. Huber went on to complete his juris doctor degree at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. He began his prosecution career in the Weber County Attorney’s Office, and later served as the Chief Prosecutor for West Valley City before joining the ranks of federal prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Office in 2002. Mr. Huber is a veteran public servant who has devoted his career to the communities of Utah, where he is a life-long resident.

Elizabeth Evensen (’00) Honored as Real Estate Attorney of the Year for Utah CCIM 2017 Excellence Awards
Elizabeth (Leeza) Evensen has been honored as the Real Estate Attorney of the Year for the Utah CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) 2017 Excellence Awards. The awards, granted each year in recognition of outstanding professionals exemplifying the highest degree of business excellence in Utah’s commercial real estate industry, were presented at a ceremony held on March 4 at The Grand America Hotel. Evensen is a partner in Snell & Wilmer’s real estate group. Her practice is concentrated in real estate law, focusing on hotel, resort, retail, condominium, office and other commercial real estate development and disposition; office/retail leasing; zoning and land use; partnerships and joint ventures; construction; real estate workouts; real estate financing; and general commercial and corporate transactions. Evensen has an interest in the acquisition, development, construction and financing of public charter and private school facilities. Her experience includes representing real estate developers, ski resorts, landowners, real estate investment trusts, financial institutions and governmental agencies. Evensen received her J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Joseph Rupp (’16) thwarts theft during state bar exam
Rupp noticed a suspicious person lurking in the parking lot near the state bar testing site while on a short lunch break. Rupp’s military training kicked in and he successfully retained the stolen items when he confronted the thief.