Considering a career in litigation?


Do you enjoy dealing with people, researching and writing, making arguments, and learning about new things all the time?  If so, you may want to consider a career in litigation.  To learn more about this wide-ranging practice area, RSVP for PDO’s lunchtime panel next Wednesday, September 27, at 12:15 in Room 107! There will be amazing panelists.

What:    PDO’s “Careers in Litigation Panel” featuring 3 really great attorneys (biographies—mostly taken from their firm websites—are at the end of this article):

-Cecilia Romero(SJQ 2002), Holland & Hart. 

-Robert Shelby (UVA Law Alum, but we still love him), Snow Christensen & Martineau.

-Kendra Shirey (SJQ 2002), Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard & Moss.

When/Where: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:15 pm in Room 107.  A light lunch will be served.

Who:  All students are welcome—please RSVP.  We will be hosting three excellent attorneys, whose biographies are below.    

RSVP:     By clicking this link —  .

Panelist Biographies (from their websites):


Cecilia Romero (SJQ 2002), Holland & Hart. Cecilia’s primary areas of practice include commercial litigation, labor and employment, and intellectual property, with an emphasis in trademark litigation. She regularly represents clients in proceedings before the federal and state courts. She has defended employers in a variety of matters, including Fair Labor Standards Act, class actions, wrongful terminations, harassment and discrimination claims. She has litigated disputes involving commercial, oil and gas royalty and employment contracts, non-compete agreements, tort claims, and trademark infringement. Prior to joining the Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart in 2004, Cecilia practiced law with the Salt Lake City law firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. She was also a law clerk for Judge Ted Stewart with the Federal District Court, District of Utah.


Robert Shelby (UVA Law Alum), Snow Christensen & Martineau.  Bob  specializes in complex commercial litigation and catastrophic personal injury cases.  He performs work on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in state, federal, administrative and appellate courts throughout the country.  His commercial litigation practice includes cases involving civil fraud, class action lawsuits, patent and trademark litigation, contracts, advertising claims, shareholder disputes, complex insurance coverage issues, injunctive relief, administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies, franchise disputes and general business litigation.  He has also provided services in defense of legal liability claims asserted against other Utah law firms.  Plaintiff-related work varies from wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury – including brain injury and permanent disability cases – to commercial plaintiff cases for intellectual property theft, breach of contract, shareholder disputes and civil fraud. A member of the trial team in defense of the so-called Olympic Bribery case, Bob also has considerable experience in white-collar criminal defense, as well as medical malpractice defense, pharmaceutical liability and mass tort matters.  Prior to returning to Snow Christensen, he was a shareholder at the trial lawyer firm of Burbidge, Mitchell & Gross. He is currently vice-president of the Salt Lake County Bar Association.


Kendra Shirey (SJQ 2002), Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard & Moss. Kendra concentrates her practice in the commercial litigation, domestic and family law, construction law, intellectual property and real estate practice groups at PADRM. She has represented clients in administrative proceedings and in various state and federal courts across the United States in complex commercial litigation, protecting intellectual property (primarily copyright) rights, natural resources litigation, defending broker-dealers and investment advisors for violations of state and federal securities laws, environmental permitting, landlord/tenant disputes, and eminent domain proceedings. In addition, her domestic and family law practice focuses on helping her clients to navigate the legal system in order to achieve the best possible result for their family during a time of extreme emotional turmoil and considerable change.  Last year, Kendra was president of the SJQ Young Alumni Association.  Prior to her practice at PADRM, Kendra worked at Holme Roberts & Owen.