Michael L. Larsen

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Michael L.Larsen

Michael L. Larsen joined Parsons Behle & Latimer in 1983 and is a shareholder in the Litigation practice group. He served as chair of the Litigation practice group from 1999 until 2011, and he was vice-chair from 1997 to 1999. During that time, Parsons’ litigation team gained recognition as one of the leading practice groups in the West. His practice focuses on complex commercial, intellectual property, and information technology litigation.

Mr. Larsen has extensive trial experience before state and federal courts, and he has conducted dozens of mediations. Examples of cases tried, arbitrated, negotiated or mediated by Mr. Larsen include the following:

  • Counsel to Chubb Atlantic in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and resulting litigation
  • Defending Huish Detergents against claims of patent infringement
  • Defending USX against ERISA, ADEA and contract claims asserted by 2,000 steelworkers
  • Enforcing Novell's rights in a misappropriation of software trade secrets case
  • Enforcing ATK's rocket motor patents
  • Representing Kennecott Utah Copper in environmental litigation
  • Defending TenFold Corporation in a dozen complex software cases, a SEC investigation and a securities class action
  • Defending Eaton Corporation and Cutler-Hammer in product liability actions
  • Enforcing Altiris, Inc.'s patents against infringers
  • Enforcing contractual non-compete provisions in favor of Overstock.com
  • Representing a refinery in a construction and engineering dispute
  • Representing clients in False Claims Act cases
  • Representing ATK in a contract dispute involving Titan IV Rocket Motors
  • Representing Eaton Corporation in a commercial lease dispute
  • Enforcing DYNO Nobel's patents against another explosives manufacturer
  • Representing Novell in a software licensing disputes
  • Representing Questar Pipeline Co. in construction disputes
  • Acting as national monitoring counsel for Chubb & Sons on numerous major matters across the country
  • Representing Overstock.com in patent infringement and commercial litigation
  • Representing ATK in trade secret litigation
  • Representing Novell in a case against Microsoft for unfair competition
  • Representing Barrick Gold Corporation against challenges to its Cortez Hills gold mine
  • Successfully arbitrating a shareholder breach of fiduciary action in Nevada
  • Obtaining a jury verdict in favor of Eaton Corporation in a breach of contract action venued in Las Vegas
  • Representing cities and counties in disputes with the EPA
  • Securing large damage awards and settlements for victims of catastrophic injuries

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Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1983)

Utah State University (B.A., Business Finance, 1980)


Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation

Recognized by Utah Business magazine as one of "Utah's Top
100 Legal Elite"

Order of the Barristers

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award

Recognized in Mountain States Super Lawyers

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers For Business

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating



American Inns of Court
(1988 - 1996)

Utah State Bar Association, Litigation Section, Tort & Insurance Law Section

American Bar Association, Litigation Section


CHOICE Humanitarian

Smiles for Life


U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, Northern Dist. of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah


Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School