Class Action: Alumni making news, January 2018

Richard T. Beard (’78) starts thirteenth year as People’s Utah Bancorp CEO
Richard T. Beard is and has been the President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of People’s Utah Bancorp and the Bank of American Fork since 2004. He is currently serving as a member of the Board for the State of Utah Department of Financial Institutions. He is a past Executive Committee member and member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Bankers Association, and currently a member of the Board, Executive Committee member and Chair for the Western Independent Bankers’ Association. Beard received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah College Of Law in 1978 where he served as an Executive Board Member and Developments Editor of the Utah Law Review. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Bar Association, and the Utah State Bar Association. Beard is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School masters-level extension program for Senior Officers with honors and with citation for Thesis 2007.

Kurt Holzer (’92) plaintiff injury firm merges with Hepworth, Janis & Kluksdal, Chtd.
Kurt D. Holzer is a James J. May award-winning trial attorney. His fellow Idaho Trial Lawyers selected him as the 2011 Idaho Trial Lawyer of the Year. Like all his partners, he has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating as a Personal Injury Lawyer from Martindale Hubble, its highest. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© both for plaintiff’s representation and for insurance litigation; as a “Local Litigation Star” for injury litigation by Benchmark Litigation; with the SuperLawyer designation from Thomson Reuters for a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement over the past decade; and, has a “Superb” rating of a perfect 10 from the rating organization AVVO. As trial counsel, Holzer has obtained several seven figure jury verdicts in trucking, dram shop, and premises liability litigation. He has also recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients.

International Trademark Association elects Tish Berard (’93) Of Hearts On Fire as 2018 President
Tish L. Berard was previously the Vice President and General Counsel for Hearts On Fire Company and is currently serving as Hearts On Fire’s INTA designee. Berard was responsible for all legal matters for Hearts On Fire, including maintaining Hearts On Fire’s extensive international trademark portfolio and enforcing Hearts On Fire’s intellectual property rights. In 2011 and 2014, she received Hearts On Fire’s Most Valuable Person award as determined by the company’s CEO, CFO, and President. Prior to joining Hearts On Fire in 2006, Berard practiced complex civil litigation and bankruptcy law with Boston firm Bodoff & Slavitt, before which she engaged in intellectual property law and litigation with international law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kyle Finch (’95) one of three candidates to be interviewed for 11th Judicial District Court
A state commission is set to interview three applicants this week to fill the district judge vacancy in the 11th Judicial District Court. Kyle Finch is a special assistant attorney general for the New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division, a department under the state’s Human Services Department. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate in May 1995 from the University of Utah College of Law in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been practicing law for more than 22 years. Before joining CSED in June 2014, he had nearly 10 years of experience working as a partner at the Finch and Olson law firm in Farmington. He said handles the legal work for establishment and enforcement of child support orders at CSED.

Bryan S. Banks (’04) promoted to Senior Counsel at the law firm Perkins Cole
Bryan S. Banks is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. His practice focuses on patent and trade secret litigation and counseling in matters involving complex technologies such as personal computer and mobile handset hardware and software, signal processing, wired and wireless networking, and computer-aided manufacturing. Banks has successfully represented clients in numerous federal district courts, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the International Trade Commission.

Governor appoints Adam Mow (’05) to the Third District Court
Adam Mow has been an attorney on the board of directors of Jones Waldo Holbrook and McDonough, P.C. and an attorney at Babcock, Scott and Babcock, P.C. He has also worked as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Mow has presented at the national conventions of the American Institute of Architects, the Associated General Contractors of America, and the Constructions Specification Institute as well as for the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, the Utah Council of Land Surveyors, and construction industry groups. He is also a contributor to Design Intelligence magazine, the publications of the Construction Specifications Institute, the Utah Engineers Council, and AIA Utah. The Utah Dispute Resolution named him their 2007 Community Mediator of the Year. He is also a past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Utah State Bar.

Craig T. Jenson (’09) elected to join Snell & Wilmer firm partnership
Craig Jenson’s practice is concentrated in real estate, commercial and construction law. He represents a wide variety of clients, including lenders, land owners, developers, general contractors and suppliers in transactional and litigation matters. Jenson has assisted clients in matters ranging from title resolution, commercial leases, purchase and sale transactions, and real estate development to creditor’s rights, foreclosure and collections. His professional experience and personal background assist him in effectively communicating with clients and understanding clients’ needs.

Angela T. Silvers (’16) joins Workman Nydegger as newest Associate
Dr. Angela Silvers served from 2016-2017 as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and from 2015-2016 as an extern to the Honorable Dee Benson at the United States District Court for the District of Utah. She possesses a Ph.D. in Organic/Inorganic Chemistry from Princeton University and has completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Georgia (Chemistry Department) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Dept. of Polymer Science and Engineering). Silvers was previously on the faculty of Western New England University and Susquehanna University. Her past research includes the development of organic-inorganic hybrid materials as nanoscale devices, as well as polymer “pro-drugs,” specifically biodegradable polymer scaffolds for the targeted delivery of cancer therapeutics. Silvers has published her research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and presented her findings at universities and scientific conferences nationwide. As such, her technical experience includes all aspects of chemistry, biotechnology, life sciences, medical devices, and related processes.

James Owen (’17) becomes the Environmental Director at Pacificorp / Berkshire Hathaway Energy(BHE)
James Owen was the primary creator of the series of oil and gas negotiation simulations under the RMMLF Special Projects grant. He worked on the project in his third year of law school, the first semester for clinical credit and the second semester as an EDR Fellow. Owen co-presented with Michele Strauge about the project at last year’s RMMLF annual institute in Banff. Upon graduation James went back to work for the UT Division of Oil, Gas & Mining (DOGM) as their in-house legal counsel and legislative liaison.