History

 

Parsons Behle & Latimer was founded by prominent mining lawyer William Howard Dickson in Carson City, Nevada. In the spring of 1882, William Dickson, along with law partner Charles Stetson Varian, moved their law practice to Salt Lake City. At that time Utah was involved in a flurry of mining activity. In its early days, under the name of Dickson & Varian, the firm assisted in the organization of more than 100 mining companies, including Utah Copper Company, now known as Kennecott Utah Copper; Hercules Powder Company; and Columbia Geneva Iron Mining Company.

In addition to founding the firm, William Dickson, affectionately known as Judge Dickson, was appointed by the United States President to serve as U.S. Attorney for Utah, a position he held from 1884-1887.  When Judge Dickson moved to Utah, he brought his office furniture, including a roll top desk, book cases and chairs. Over time, these items have been passed down through the members of the firm and currently occupy a space in the firm's main office in downtown Salt Lake City.

Over the course of the next 130 years and under various name changes, including the Parsons Behle & Latimer name, adopted in the late 1960s, the firm sustained success in delivering exceptional service to our clients. This success is firmly rooted in our fundamental core values that have guided the firm since its inception: client service; professional integrity; ethics and professionalism; collegiality; and community service. Today, under the leadership of Chairperson and CEO Shawn C. Ferrin; President Cory D. Sinclair; and firm's board of directors, Parsons Behle & Latimer is one of the largest Utah-based law firms and has grown to more than 150 attorneys with offices in Boise, Idaho Falls, Lehi, Missoula, Reno and Salt Lake City.

In addition to the firm's unique expertise in providing services to the natural resources industry, it has forged relationships with multi-billion dollar companies, start-ups and individuals. Parsons Behle & Latimer attorneys offer depth and a range of experience in the areas of: Antitrust & Competition; Banking & Finance; Corporate, Securities & Tax; Employment & Labor; Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources; Government Relations & Lobbying; Health Care; Intellectual Property; Litigation; and Real Estate.

Firm Leadership

Shawn C. Ferrin
Director, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
Salt Lake City
Richard J. Angell
Director and Vice President
Salt Lake City
Juliette P. White
Director and Vice President
Salt Lake City
Brook B. Bond
Director, Vice President and Secretary
Boise
Bruce H. White
Director, Vice President and Treasurer
Salt Lake City
Cory D. Sinclair
President
Salt Lake City