November 20: Lunch with Lawyers

Lunch with Lawyers is an upcoming networking event sponsored by PDO and will be held at 12:15 on Friday, November 20 at the law school.  The three attorneys who will be joining us are Cecilia Romero (Holland & Hart), Lori Seppi (Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association) and Scott Young (Sentry Financial).  Sign up in the PDO office on a first come/first served basis.  Dress is business casual.  The attorney biographies follow:

Cecilia Romero, Holland & Hart

Cecilia Romero is currently an associate at Holland and Hart.  Ms. Romero’s primary areas of practice include commercial litigation, labor and employment, and intellectual property, with an emphasis in trademark litigation. Ms. Romero 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, Ms. Romero practiced law with the Salt Lake City law firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. Ms. Romero also was a law clerk for Judge Ted Stewart with the Federal District Court, District of Utah. Super Lawyers named Ms. Romero among the “Mountain States Rising Stars” business litigators in 2008 and 2009. Utah Business magazine has included Ms. Romero among the “Utah Legal Elite” commercial litigators since 2006.  She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2002, where she was a Note and Comment Editor for the University of Utah Law Review, a William H. Leary Scholar and President of the Native American Law Students Association.

Lori Seppi, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association

Lori Seppi is a 2002 graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law.  She is currently an appellate attorney with Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, where she pursues appeals on behalf of criminal defendants.  Following graduation, she clerked for Judge James Davis on the Utah Court of Appeals.  Prior to taking her current job with SLLDA, Lori worked at the ACLU of Utah and with the firm of Yengich, Rich & Xaix in Salt Lake City.   She currently serves on the Utah Bar’s Appellate Practice Section Committee.   She enjoys camping, hiking, running and loves to read.

Scott Young, Sentry Financial

Scott F. Young is the Chief Operating Officer of Sentry Financial, in which capacity he is responsible for managing Sentry’s Equipment Finance Program Division, including establishing and maintaining Sentry’s equipment finance programs and its relationships with participating financial institutions, managing Sentry’s Remarketing Department, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Division.  Mr. Young co-founded Sentry and is a member of Sentry’s Investment Committee.Prior to re-joining Sentry in 1998, Mr. Young was a partner with the law firm of Parr, Waddoups, Brown, Gee & Loveless (, where his practice emphasized commercial litigation and the areas of equipment financing and general business and corporate law.  Prior to joining Parr Waddoups, Mr. Young was the general counsel of a regional equipment finance company based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mr. Young also served a one year judicial clerkship with Chief Justice Durham of the Utah Supreme Court and was associated with Amembal, Deane & Associates: Lease Education and Consulting (formerly Amembal & Isom) for fifteen years.  During the course of his association with that company, Mr. Young was an editor of the legal documentation chapter of the Guide to Captive Finance Company Equipment Leasing (1984), and co-authored the lease documentation chapter of The Handbook of Equipment Leasing (1988).  In addition, for several years, Mr. Young was an instructor for Leasing: A Survey of the Law and Basic Documentation, one of the public seminars offered by Amembal, Deane & Associates.  Mr. Young graduated from the University of Utah College of Business with an undergraduate degree in finance, and obtained a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law, where he was a member of the Utah Law Review.Mr. Young is currently on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross (, and of the Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Greater Salt Lake ( He and his wife, Susan, have two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he enjoys mountain biking, racquetball and skiing.