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May 18, 2011 4:58 PM

Holland & Hart Adds 29 Lawyers in Salt Lake City

Posted by Brian Baxter

Holland & Hart continues its expansion in Utah's largest city, with the Denver-based Am Law 200 firm announcing this week that seven partners from Holme Roberts & Owen have joined its Salt Lake City office.

The Am Law Daily reported in March that Holland & Hart had hired nine of Holme Roberts's 19 partners in Salt Lake. Those lateral hires included former Holme Roberts commercial litigation partners Blaine Benard, Richard Flint, George Haley, Christopher Hogle, and Eric Maxfield, tax partners Mark Buchi and Steven Young, and energy and natural resource partners A. John Davis III and Shawn Welch.

That group will now be joined by energy partner Jody Williams, the former managing partner of Holme Roberts's Salt Lake office, and energy and environmental partners William Ward and Angela Franklin, labor and employment partner Elizabeth Dunning, and commercial litigation partners Doyle Byers, J. Andrew Sjoblom, and Cory Talbot.

"I've collaborated with Holland & Hart lawyers on some of the most important matters in my career," Williams said in a statement announcing her move to the firm. "I am thrilled to now be practicing with them side by side."

Also joining Holland & Hart are of counsel Eric Bawden, Marie Durrant, Jay Gurmankin, Oliver Gushee, and Roger Tsai, as well as associates Mark Burghardt, David Hubbell, Ryan Jibson, M.B. Machlis, George Quinton, Stephen Sansom, Tamara Stevenson, and Steven Vuyovich. Tsai joins Holland & Hart from Salt Lake-based Parsons Behle & Latimer, while Durrant was previously a legal fellow at The University of Utah's Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. All of the rest come from Holme Roberts.

Six former Holme Roberts lawyers--Davis, Franklin, Gushee, Ward, Welch, and Burghardt--joined the firm in January 2008 from now-defunct natural resources firm Pruitt Gushee. Holland & Hart hopes to use the new hires to expand its litigation, energy, and natural resource practices, as well as to bolster its tax and labor and employment groups.

"We have found that Salt Lake City is a very solid center for business--we strongly believe in its future," Holland & Hart management committee chair John Husband said in a statement. The 400-lawyer firm's last major expansion effort was a merger with 50-lawyer Nevada firm Hale Lane Peek Dennison and Howard three years ago.

Holme Roberts spokeswoman Terri Taylor told Law Week Colorado on Tuesday that the additional attorney losses were only a continuation of the lateral moves in March and that their departures were "not a recent development." Taylor said Holme Roberts, which is also based in Denver, remains "committed to maintaining a presence" in Salt Lake.

The losses leave Holme Roberts with only six lawyers in Salt Lake, two of them partners. The firm also lost 21-year Holme Roberts veteran Gary Thorup to Utah firm Durham Jones & Pinegar last month.

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