Class Action: Alumni making news, November 2017

Richard D. Burbidge (’72) awarded “2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year” by Consumer Attorneys of California
Burbidge enjoys a stellar reputation as a talented, first tier trial lawyer with over 40 years of trial experience in both Utah and California. This trial experience includes scores of major jury trials in the areas of complex commercial litigation and catastrophic injury. He is known and admired for his thorough review of cases to determine their merit, his meticulous careful preparation and forceful and effective advocacy of the client’s cause. His closing arguments tend to gather a crowd. Super Lawyers Magazine singled Burbidge out as one of the Top 10 trial lawyers in the intermountain west, and Best Lawyers publication cited Burbidge as “Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year” and as one of Utah’s Top “Bet –the-Company Lawyers”. He has also received the Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the American Board of Trial Advocates; has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and is one of Utah’s Litigation Stars in Benchmark Litigation’s Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.

Lowell Brown (’82) nominee and finalist as a ‘Leader in the Law’ in the Los Angeles Business Journal
Lowell Brown is a partner and national leader of the Health Care Practice Group. He advises hospitals, medical staffs, health systems, long-term care facilities, medical groups, and other health care provider organizations in business, regulatory, and medico-legal matters, with an emphasis on laws relating to operational issues, including the design and implementation of compliance programs, practitioner credentialing, peer review, disciplinary hearings, Medicare certification, licensing and accreditation issues, and related policies and procedures. Lowell is also a nationally recognized and widely published authority on EMTALA — the federal law prohibiting improper emergency patient transfers by hospitals (“patient-dumping”). In addition, he has extensive experience defending clients against actions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to terminate Medicare provider agreements. Lowell’s practice also encompasses operational issues such as bioethics, medical records, and consent and confidentiality. His experience in the foregoing areas includes litigation in California and federal courts.

Mark Attwood (’85) nominated as a ‘Leader in the Law’ in the Los Angeles Business Journal
Mark R. Attwood is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has served on the firm’s Management Committee and also served as the Litigation Manager for the Los Angeles office for approximately 15 years. Attwood practices employment law litigation and defends all varieties of wrongful termination and discrimination claims before all state and federal courts in California. He also handles matters arising under ERISA, arbitrations, administrative matters and has handled a variety of appellate matters. Attwood frequently speaks and trains on current employment law topics across the spectrum of issues that apply to employees in California. These topics include sexual harassment in the workplace, wage and hour, leaves of absence and workplace accommodations, discipline and termination issues and avoiding workplace litigation. He has worked with a variety of clients in numerous industries, including retail, banking, healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment, food, non-profit, and public sector. In addition to his work at the firm, Attwood is active in the Los Angeles community.


Mark Burghardt (’07) joins Dorsey and Whitney as a Partner
Mark Burghardt engages with clients to prevent and solve issues with the location and development of their oil, gas, mining, and renewable energy projects. He has worked with companies on projects involving federal, state, private, and Indian lands. Burghardt has also represented clients in a wide range of transactions and joint ventures. He has litigated energy development and land use disputes in both federal and state court and has routinely appeared before Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.


Judge Todd M. Shaughnessy, Jess A. Krannich, Leonor Perretta, Linda M. Jones, Rob Rice and Rodney Snow were honored by the Utah State Bar at their fall conferences.