Networking. Food. A Student-Favorite PDO program.

When?  Several times during the year, usually on Fridays.  The first event is Friday October 8, at 12:15.


Where?   Locations may vary around the law school.


Who’s invited?  Students from all three classes may attend.  You must RSVP.  Four or five students may sign up to eat lunch with each attorney.  (Remember the golden PDO rule:  your RSVP is sacred unless you have a serious emergency!  If you no-show, you have prevented someone else from having the opportunity—and we take that seriously.)


Three or four attorneys attend each time.   The attorney profiles are diverse.  PDO invites attorneys from different practice areas and types of employers each time.  For example, there may be attorneys from government agencies, firms, or non-profit agencies.   PDO will sometimes have a “theme” or practice area focus for a given lunch, but this is not always the case.  For example, the upcoming lunch on October 8 will feature attorneys whose practice at least includes work in the area of benefits such as workers compensation, disability, and other areas.  


Attire?  Business casual.  Remember this is a professional networking event, so no jeans or shorts please.


Sign-up for the October Lunch with Lawyers begins tomorrow!  The attorneys who have confirmed that they will attend (so far) are:


Brian S. King: Brian S. King is an S.J. Quinney alum who has practiced law for over 20 years. Most of that time he has represented individuals and health care providers litigating against health, life and disability insurers and self funded plans. This work usually involves the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). He has lectured across the country and written frequently on the topic. Mr. King was invited to testify before the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. regarding proposed changes to ERISA’s claims and appeals procedures. He has been lead counsel in dozens of trials and appeals involving health, life and disability claims. Mr. King has also been lead counsel for plaintiffs in over a dozen class actions, mostly involving ERISA cases. He has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, and in many Federal Circuit and District courts across the country. He is a past president of the Utah Association for Justice (formerly the Utah Trial Lawyers Association).  He also serves in the Utah state legislature as Representative of District 28 in the House of Representatives.  You can learn more at   


Mark L. Anderson:  Mark Anderson is an S.J. Quinney alum has been with the firm of Christensen & Jensen for over 20 years.  He has been a shareholder and director of the Firm since 1994. As of January, 2010, he serves as Vice President of the Firm and as a member of the Executive Committee. Since becoming a member of the Utah Bar in 1988, Mark has been a litigator in the courts and administrative agencies of the State of Utah. He has tried over 50 personal injury cases to jury verdict or decision by the judge, representing both defendants and plaintiffs. Additionally, a significant part of Mark’s legal practice pertains to workers’ compensation, including the recovery of workers’ compensation liens on behalf of employers and insurers, and the defense of worker’ compensation and occupational disease claims. Mark also specializes in defending restaurants, private clubs and other social establishments against alcohol liability (“dramshop”) claims. He has been at the forefront in litigating important dramshop issues that have resulted in amendments to the Utah Dramshop Act. Finally, Mark represents insurers and national rental car companies in matters involving insurance personal injury, property damage, coverage and bad faith. Mark is a member of the Utah and Salt Lake County Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in all state and federal Utah courts, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  You can learn more at  .