Class Action: Alumni making news, January 2017

Mark McBride has been promoted to partner at law firm Perkins Coie (’04)
markmcbride-copyMark McBride
is a member of Perkin’s Coie’s Trust & Estate Planning practice in the Bellevue office. He advises individuals and families in all aspects of trust and estate planning, focusing on multi-generational planning. He assists individuals and families on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes through the creation of wills, trusts, business entities and charitable organizations and the use of gifts, sales and other wealth-transfer strategies. Mark represents executors, trustees and other fiduciaries to effectively and efficiently administer trusts, estates, business entities and charitable organizations.

Tyler Buswell Joins Board of American Agricultural Law Association (’08)
tylerbuswellTyler Buswell
, a real estate attorney and Shareholder at Kirton/McConkie in Salt Lake City, Utah, has joined Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA), during their 37th Annual Agricultural Law Symposium in held in Oklahoma City on October 6 through 8. The American Agricultural Law Association is a national, professional membership association of agricultural law professionals from across the United States focusing on the legal needs of the agricultural community. It offers an independent, nonpartisan forum that brings together diverse viewpoints to provide information to resolve complex agricultural law problems.

After a Decade at BigLaw, 2006 Alum Brendon Barton Starts Practice in Orange County (’06)
brendon-barton-picture-copyBrendon Barton
was excited to open the doors of Barton Legal Group in Orange County, California in August 2016. Brendon graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2006, and spent the last decade as a commercial litigator in the Orange County office of international law firm Bryan Cave LLP. Brendon’s new practice is located near the Irvine Spectrum Center in the heart of the tech and real estate center of Southern California. In addition to continuing his work as a civil litigator, Brendon helps start-ups and other companies with their corporate and real-estate needs. He finds it deeply rewarding to be able to share the skills he developed at a large law firm with young companies and other clients who are looking for more cost-effective approach to legal services. Barton Legal Group is located at 200 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 300, Irvine, California 92618. Its website address is

Paul C. Burke (’97) Tapped By Utah Supreme Court to Lead Appellate Rules Advisory Committee
paul_burke-copyPaul C. Burke
has been appointed to serve as chair of the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Practice. Utah’s Constitution provides that the Utah Supreme Court shall adopt rules of procedure and evidence to be used by state courts. The Utah Supreme Court established this standing committee to assist and provide advice regarding the adoption, modification, or repeal of the procedural rules governing the appellate process in Utah. Mr. Burke has served a member of the Committee since 2005. In his capacity he serves as an officer of the court and not as a representative of any client, employer, or other organization or interest group. Mr. Burke is a shareholder, director, and general counsel of the Firm. He has appeared on behalf of clients as an appellate advocate before administrative and judicial bodies in Utah. He has argued to the Utah Supreme Court and represented clients at the U.S. Supreme Court in high profile cases.

Onset Financial General Counsel Scott Finlinson (’98) Appointed To Prestigious ELFA Legal Committee
scott-finlinsonScott Finlinson has just accepted an appointment to the ELFA Legal Committee. He will serve until November of 2019. Before joining Onset Financial full-time, Finlinson was an experienced corporate attorney whose practice focused on outstanding cost effective legal solutions for businesses.

Teton County welcomes new deputy prosecutor, Lindsey Blake (’07)
With several high profile cases pending, including a capital murder trial, newly elected Teton County Prosecutor Billie Siddoway needed to carefully pick her deputy prosecutor. Her choice was former prosecutor in Sublette County, Wyoming, Lindsey Blake. Blake studied at Idaho State University with a degree in political science. She then went on to law school at the University of Utah.

Judge Brian Edward Brower (’99) to fill Sunset City Justice Court vacancy
The Davis County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Judge Brian Edward Brower to fill the Sunset City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Jerald Jensen, who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017. Brower earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in criminal justice from Weber State University. He then graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

David G. Angerbauer, James D. Gilson and Waldan Lloyd have all joined Durham Jones & Pinegar

Richard Davis and Jess Davis have both joined Prince Yeates