Solo/Small Firm Support Series Event, “Practice Areas-Why We Do What We Do (Good & The Bad About Our Chosen Practice Areas).”

There are still spots available to attend PDO’s next SOLO/SMALL FIRM SUPPORT SERIES event!   This is a great opportunity especially for those of you who are wondering what practical skills you should have in order to become a better associate, right out of the gate.

What: Panel discussion on the subject of “Practice Areas-Why We Do What We Do (Good & The Bad About Our Chosen Practice Areas).”  Panelists include Tim Larsen and Jonathan Diaz of 1 on 1 Legal, P.L.L.C. (bankruptcy law), and J. Ryan Mitchell & Andrew Collins of the firm Mitchell & Barlow (securities, corporate, litigation).  Panelist bios are listed below.  A light dinner will be provided.

When:           Thursday, June 16, 2011.  4:00-5:30 p.m.

Where:         Here at the College of Law, in Room 111. 

Why?             Awesome networking and learning opportunity! Many(if not most of you) will work at a small firm at some point in your career, even if you never “go solo.”  The more you learn about the business side of practicing the more competent and valuable you will be!  These attorneys have succeeded in starting their own firms –though they have done so in very diverse practice areas.  Come learn from them. 

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Attorney Bios

Jonathan Diaz, 1 on 1 Legal, P.L.L.C:        Jonathan Diaz is a 2008 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and is also an attorney at 1 on 1 Legal Services, P.L.L.C.  He focuses exclusively on representing debtors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.  During law school, Mr. Diaz performed an internship with the Honorable Jeffery P. Hopkins, Bankruptcy Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  Mr. Diaz performed research for the judge on various issues and topics related to bankruptcy.  Mr. Diaz also drafted an opinion that was approved the by Judge Hopkins and subsequently published.  Mr. Diaz is also a member of the Utah Association for Justice.

Timothy Larsen, 1 on 1 Legal, P.L.L.C:    Timothy Larsen is a 2004 graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and an attorney at 1 on 1 Legal Services, P.L.L.C.  He focuses exclusively on assisting individuals and businesses who are facing Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.  During law school, Mr. Larsen worked for the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee, Andres Diaz.  He moved quickly from a file clerk to a case manager, working up all cases assigned to the Honorable Judge Allen for confirmation of Chapter 13 plans.  Mr. Larsen has been instrumental in implementing electronic filing and streamlining forms and client intake to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

J. Ryan Mitchell, Mitchell & Barlow: Ryan Mitchell is a 1999 graduate, with Distinction, of the University of Nebraska.  His practice is devoted to representing businesses and individuals in complex civil and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts as well as arbitration proceedings. Ryan has extensive experience in a wide variety of litigation matters ranging from two-party disputes to multijurisdictional class actions. Ryan’s practice focuses on contract disputes, corporate and partnership disputes, noncompete/nonsolicitation litigation, business torts, securities litigation, fraud, trade secrets, unfair competition, and personal injury.  He was previously a partner at Bennett, Tueller, Johnson & Deere, and an Associate at Jones Day and Burbidge and Mitchell. 

Andrew Collins, Mitchell & Barlow:  Andrew Collins is an associate at Mitchell & Barlow and practices with the firm’s litigation section representing individuals and businesses of all sizes in a wide range of matters, including business disputes, personal injury, contract disputes, employment, real property issues, fraud, unfair competition, and collections.  Andrew has represented clients in state and federal court as well as in a variety of alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and arbitration.  Mr. Collins graduated in 2007 from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Law Review.  He holds a B.A. Economics/International Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He previously worked as an associate at Bennett, Tueller Johnson & Deere.