Class Action: Alumni making news, Summer 2018

Herm Olsen (’76) elected the Utah State Bar President elect
Olsen advises clients in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, municipal law and collections law. With over 30 years of experience in personal injury litigation, he is very well known and respected throughout the State of Utah for his work in that area of the law. Herm has obtained several millions of dollars in personal injury settlements and been recognized as a member of the Million Dollar Club.

Judge Thomas M. Higbee (’80) receives ‘Judge of the Year’ award from the Utah State Bar
After 17 years on the bench Higbee retired. He worked at Ray Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City for one year before moving to Hans Chamberlain in Cedar City until he took the bench in 2001.

John Rees (’84), co-chair of Innovation in Law Practice wins ‘Committee of the Year’ award from the Utah State Bar
Rees is an intellectual property and corporate counsel lawyer at John Rees Law, PLLC. He works with clients to develop strategies and solutions for complex legal challenges and managing legal risk, particularly for matters involving software and database licensing and SaaS, doing business in an online environment, building value in brands and protecting trademarks, including domain name management, appropriate use, licensing, and protection of copyrights, and complex business transactions, including corporate and real estate lending.

Heather S. White (’96), co-chair of Innovation in Law Practice wins ‘Committee of the Year’ award from the Utah State Bar
White leads the Snow Christensen and Martineau Governmental Law Practice Group. She focuses on the defense of governments in high profile civil rights disputes. White defends governmental entities and their officers against complaints asserting the deprivation of civil rights. These include all types of claims of alleged misconduct, such as excessive force, search and seizure , wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and denial of medical care, to name a few. At any given time, she is involved in multiple officer-involved shooting cases through inception, including investigations by the Department of Justice and press inquiries, through conclusion.

Chrystal Mancuso-Smith (’06) sworn in as Bar Commissioner
Mancuso-Smith has litigated everything from constitutional law issues and debt collection matters to personal injury and medical and legal malpractice cases. She has briefed matters before the Utah Court of Appeals, Utah District Courts, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Federal District Court for the State of Utah, and has represented clients before Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States’ Immigration Court, and the State of Utah’s Pardon and Parole Board.

Kat Judd (’07) selected as one of Utah Business’s “30 Women to Watch”
Judd is Lucid’s Vice President of People Operations. She has 10 years of experience as a management side employment law attorney focused on preventative advice and counsel, workplace investigations, and employment law training. Named Young Alumna of the Year in 2016, Judd holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from BYU and a J.D. from the University of Utah.

The Cyberlaw Section, led by Tsutomu Johnson (’11) was named section of the year by the Utah State Bar
Johnson is Of Counsel at Parsons Behle & Latimer and practices data privacy and cybersecurity law. His practice extends to state, national, and international matters. He has handled data breach litigation, negotiated privacy and security matters in complex commercial contracts, and has guided clients through the incident response process. Johnson has also helped clients gain Privacy Shield certification, sign cross-border data transfer agreements, and submit BCR-C and BCR-P applications.

Adrienne McKelvey (’13) joins Polsinelli Seattle office
McKelvey assists clients in all aspects of white collar defense and internal investigations, from discovery through sentencing, including research and motion practice. Working to understand each client’s unique situation, she helps guide clients through government inquires and tries to find resolutions that align to business strategies. Prior to joining Polsinelli, McKelvey was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Clark Waddoups, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and the Honorable Carolyn McHugh, Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Cyberlaw Section, led by Zaven Sargsian (’13) was named section of the year by the Utah State Bar