- Chairman: Raymond J Etcheverry
- Senior Partner: James B Lee
- Number of shareholders: 85
- Number of other lawyers: 44
Parsons Behle & Latimer, founded in 1882, demonstrates national expertise in a regional law firm. In addition to being the largest Utah-based law firm, Parsons Behle & Latimer is one of the oldest and best known firms in the Intermountain Region, offering litigation and business law services. The firm’s first clients were in the business of mining–one of the major industries that helped fuel the growth of the area. Over time, its reputation and client base have grown with the Intermountain Region. The firm offers the resources and capabilities of a large and diverse firm, coupled with the highest levels of accessibility and responsiveness. With more than 125 attorneys, it brings a depth and range of experience in the major practice areas listed below.
Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation: The firm has one of the largest litigation departments in the Intermountain Region. Attorneys practice before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels. Representative areas of trial practice are: commercial litigation, natural resources and environmental, intellectual property, antitrust, banking, insolvency, personal injury, products liability, mass media and white-collar criminal law.
Employment: The firm’s employment law practice is one of the broadest in the Intermountain Region. Many of its attorneys practice exclusively in the labor and employment area. Areas of representation include: wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, employee benefits, ERISA, workers’ compensation, OSHA and MSHA, and National Labor Relations Act.
Corporate & Tax: Members of the firm’s Corporate and Tax Department participate in the negotiation and documentation of complex business transactions, furnishing timely advice about securities, tax, environmental, employment law and other issues. The firm advises clients concerning business, corporate and securities, tax, international business, regulatory and administrative, energy and government relations.
Real Estate, Banking & Finance: Department members represent commercial banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions. They also handle all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisition, finance, development, condominium and PUD documentation and zoning and land use regulations.
Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources: With more than 20 attorneys, the firm has one of the largest environmental, energy and natural resources practice groups in the western United States. The practice is national and international in scope with particular emphasis on the western United States and Latin America. Areas of practice include: mining, oil and gas, water rights, public lands, energy and electrical power, air and water quality, hazardous waste, Superfund and Brownfields, and occupational issues. In these and other areas the firm advises and assists clients with transactions and finance, project development and closure, property acquisition and title, permitting, compliance, enforcement, cost recovery, rate cases, litigation, rulemakings and legislation.
Intellectual Property: The firm handles intellectual property of all types, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, technology licensing and intellectual property agreements. Lawyers assist clients in all industries with intellectual property and technology matters. The firm has the resources to assist clients in IP litigation, patent prosecution, licensing, portfolio management, strategic counseling and other transactions involving intellectual property assets.
Government Relations, Lobbying & Political Law: Members advise about federal, state and local government issues and lobby before the Utah legislature, administrative and related agencies.
Parsons Behle & Latimer maintains an active and varied practice internationally, in particular in Latin America.
Representative clients include: ATK; Baker Hughes; BankFirst; Barrick Gold; Bear River Water Conservancy; Boise State University; Chase; Chubb; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Dana-her; Davis & WeberCanal; Dyno Nobel; Eaton; First Wind; Home Depot; Life Technologies; IPA; Johnson Matthey;Kennecott; LS Power; Merrill Lynch; Newegg, Inc.; Questar Corporation; Regence Blue Cross; RioTinto; Stericycle; Suburban Land Reserve; US Magnesium; ViewSonic Corp.