Class Action: Alumni making news, February 2019

President Scott Wyatt (’90) named Cedar City man of the year
Scott L Wyatt is Southern Utah University’s 16th president. Prior to his appointment as president of Southern Utah University,Wyatt served as president of Snow College, in Ephraim, Utah, served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, was a partner in the Logan, Utah law firm, Daines, Wyatt & Jenkins, LLP, Served as the Cache County Attorney, where his work focused on prosecuting homicide, domestic violence, and sexual violence cases, along with leading victim services and educational programs. He earned a J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and a B.S. from Utah State University, with a dual major in Philosophy and Economics.

Tim Hale (’96) writes op-ed for The Hill on New York’s Child Victims Act
Tim Hale is an attorney with Nye, Stirling, Hale & Miller, LLP in Santa Barbara, Calif. After being admitted to practice in California in 1996, he has focused on civil litigation. He participated in his first jury trial to verdict in 1998, and has served as lead counsel in trial and binding arbitration of a number of lawsuits, most recently in February 2014 in a childhood sexual abuse jury trial against the Boy Scouts of America in Santa Barbara Superior Court. His work on behalf of childhood sexual abuse victims began in 2000 with a team of lawyers responsible for obtaining on behalf of a single client what is believed to be the first million-dollar pre-trial settlement in the history of the Catholic clergy-abuse scandal. Since then he has represented numerous victims of childhood sexual abuse, with abuse settlements to date totaling in excess of $40

Ian Davis (’06) included in Utah Business ’40 under 40′ 2019 edition
Davis is a Shareholder of Durham Jones & Pinegar focusing on banking and lending matters and is the Chair of the Real Estate Section. Representing lenders and borrowers in all stages of the lending relationship, Davis specializes in documenting lending relationships, modifying or restructuring existing lending relationships, and navigating troubled loan situations. He has experience preparing and negotiating credit agreements, factoring agreements, security documents, loan modifications, participation and intercreditor agreements, and credit opinion letters. In troubled loan situations, Davis has experience foreclosing on real estate or personal property collateral, prosecuting lender liability and deficiency litigation, and negotiating and documenting loan workout, forbearance, and loan sale and assignment agreements. He represents national and local banks, credit unions, SBA lenders, and non-institutional lenders, as well as individual and business borrowers. In addition, Davis handles general commercial matters for his clients.

Tyler Buswell (’08) included in Utah Business ’40 under 40′ 2019 edition
Buswell is a member of the firm’s Real Estate section. His nationwide practice specializes in real estate transactions and land use planning, including all aspects of real estate acquisition, leasing and development. His typical clients include funds, institutional investors, developers, and corporations. Buswell has special expertise working in the self-storage, agricultural, healthcare, industrial, office, retail, condominium and hospitality sectors. Buswell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA), the nation’s premier organization for agricultural law and policy professionals. He has been active in a number of other community and industry organizations, including serving on the Board of Trustees for the S.J. Quinney College of Law and as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

Jeremy M. Christiansen (’14) quoted in The Daily Journal on shackles use during excessive force trial
Jeremy Christiansen is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law, Administrative and Regulatory, and Litigation practice groups. Christiansen represents clients in a wide variety of appellate and complex litigation matters, including cases concerning constitutional law and the separation of powers, copyright infringement, computer hacking, and data breaches. He has represented both parties and amici curiae before numerous federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. His practice includes launching strategic litigation in lower courts, comprehensive advising on appellate matters before lower courts and agencies, and responding to emergency litigation situations from adverse commercial competitors.

Stephanie Pitcher (’15) elected to the Utah House of Representatives
After receiving her MPA she decided to pursue her passion in law, and graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Pitcher works as a Deputy District Attorney and prosecutes a variety of criminal offenses, including financial crimes, drug distribution, theft, burglary, domestic violence, and cases involving child abuse. She previously worked as an Associate City Prosecutor in Salt Lake City. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for innovation and reform in the criminal justice system. Pitcher started the Utah Women’s Coalition (UWC) – a statewide, nonpartisan group working to advance the status of Utah women through public policy. Prior to becoming a prosecutor and founding the Utah Women’s Coalition, she worked as a Fair Housing Advocate with the Disability Law Center, and, before that, was the Immigrants’ Rights Policy Advocate at Comunidades Unidas. Pitcher also worked at the Legal Aide Society of Utah, assisting survivors of domestic violence through the court process and interpreting for Spanish-speaking clients.