Class Action: Alumni making news, October 2018

Thomas J. Phillips (’73) elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (“ACTC”)
Phillips focuses his practice on taxation and provides tax analysis, advice, and tax opinions to publicly traded and closely-held business entities. He has more than 40 years of experience representing clients in and structuring tax-free reorganizations and mergers, spinoffs, cross-border transactions, taxable asset and stock purchase transactions and partnership transactions. That experience also includes representing private placement investments in limited partnerships and limited liability companies involving hedge funds, distressed company investments, commercial real estate, value company investments, and low-income housing tax credit projects. Phillips has extensive experience in tax controversy matters representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and federal and state courts.

Adam Strachan (’02) Awarded 16th Annual “Community Leadership Award” by Leadership Park City
This award recognizes an outstanding Park City citizen who through sustained involvement, tireless commitment and insightful leadership has made significant contributions to the greater Park City community. Strachan’s practice is concentrated on trial and appellate litigation. He has defended nearly every ski resort in Utah in various cases ranging from contract disputes to personal injury claims. Strachan was lead defense counsel for the Canyons ski resort and obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death case resulting from an in-bounds avalanche that killed one skier and injured two others. He also recovered over $2 million for Park City Mountain Resort in a case against a homeowners association that allegedly failed to perform contractually required structural maintenance on a multilevel parking structure at the base of the ski resort. In addition to representing ski resorts, Adam has also represented outdoor companies and all types of companies in various business litigation matters.

Dianna Gibson (’96) appointed by Governor Herbert to serve as judge for the Third District Court
Gibson has served as vice president and general counsel at Vista Outdoor Inc and vice president and general counsel at Alliant Techsystems Inc.


Austen Paulsen (’16) join Slater Matsil as a patent attorney
Paulsen focuses his intellectual property law practice mainly on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. He also provides clients with patent litigation and licensing support, including patent validity and infringement analysis. Prior to joining Slater Matsil, Paulsen gained patent prosecution experience at both US Synthetic Corporation and ALG Intellectual Property, where he worked with various technologies including polycrystalline diamond, optics, 3-D imaging, X-ray imaging, and semiconductors, among others. Throughout law school, he worked as a fellow for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences where he helped students competing in the University of Utah’s Bench to Bedside competition to obtain patent protection on medical devices through provisional patent applications.