Mr. Snow has engaged in a litigation practice for over 45 years, and has handled a wide variety of matters such as business disputes, professional malpractice, construction, insurance, real estate and others. Accordingly, he brings a broad background to the matters he handles. He is also provides expert testimony and mediator services

Capabilities

Biography

John Snow has been engaged in general commercial and business litigation in Utah for over 45 years, as well as maintaining an active professional practice in Nevada. In addition to general commercial litigation, Mr. Snow’s litigation practice includes extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Contract and business disputes
  • Construction claims, including construction defect litigation
  • Professional malpractice defense
  • Insurance defense and insurance coverage 
  • Real estate and real estate development litigation defending developers, owners, lenders and contractors
  • Probate, Trust and Tax litigation including the validity of wills and codicils

During the past decade, Mr. Snow has been repeatedly recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Utah Business Magazine and by Mountain States Super Lawyers. (See detailed rankings below under Professional Accomplishments.) 

Mr. Snow is a faculty member of Lorman Education Services (https://www.lorman.com/), the National Business Institute (https://www.nbi-sems.com/) and also works with Strafford (https://www.sp-04.com/r.php?products/txgnpbhlra) to provide CLE webinars, educational and training materials for attorneys. His upcoming webinars and latest educational products can be found under the Insights heading below. 

Experience

Defended Real Estate Company from Fraud Allegations

Represented a real estate agency of Keller Williams being sued by a purported purchaser of real estate for breach of the duty of care and fraud in the handling of a transaction with a claim in excess of $800,000. Damages against the client were reduced to $12,500 – less than the settlement offer, while the seller was assessed damages and punitive damages in excess of $750,000, some portion of which will be trebled.

Commercial

Mr. Snow has actively represented parties in litigation involving real estate and real estate development. An example of cases handled by Mr. Snow include: DeMarco v. LaPay, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 107282 (D. Utah 2009); Prosper Inc. v Innovative Software Technologies, 2006 U.S. App. Lexis 16650; Sierra Wholesale Supply v. Radiant Technologies, Inc., 2005 Ut. App. 540, cert. den. 2006 Utah Lexis 113; Prosper, Inc. v. Innovative Software Techs., 188 Fed. Appx 703 (10th Cir. 2006); Strotek Corp. v. Airline Transportation Association, 2002 Lexis U.S. App. 17730 (9th Cir. 2002), Kelley v. Leucadia Financial Corp., 846 P.2d 1238 (Utah 1992); Richardson v. Schaub, 796 P.2d 1304 (Wyo. 1990).

Professional Malpractice Litigation

Mr. Snow is regularly involved in litigation involving malpractice of various professionals, including legal and medical malpractice. Wood-Federowicz v. Yengich, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 111010 (D. Utah 2009); United States Fid. & Guar. Co. v. United States Sports Specialty Ass'n, 2012 UT 3 (Utah 2012).

Accomplishments

Academic

Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 1973)

Comment Editor, Arizona State Law Journal (1971-73)

 Brigham Young University (B.A.,1970)

Professional

2022 - Designated by the Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate

2021 - Designated by the Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate

2020 – Designated by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

2019 – Designated “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law

2018 – Designated “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

2017 – Designated “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation – Banking and Finance

2016 – Designated “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

2013 – Designated by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

2012 – Designated by The Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation, Real Estate

2011 – Designated “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law

Designated in Utah Business Magazine’s “Utah Legal Elite” in the specialties of Civil Litigation and Construction Law.

Designated as a “Super Lawyer” and a “Top Lawyer” in Mountain States in Super Lawyer Magazine in the areas of Professional Liability Defense.

Associations

Professional

Member, Utah State Bar

Member, Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar

Member, Construction Law Section of the Utah State Bar

Member, State Bar of Nevada

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Litigation Section

Member, Character and Fitness Committee of the Utah State Bar (2001-2011)

Member, Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Utah State Bar (2009-Present)

Chair, Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Utah State Bar (August 2011–Present)

Member, Ethics & Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court (2004)

Member, Model Jury Instruction Committee for the State of Utah, Commercial Transactions Subcommittee

Member, United States District Court for Utah, Technology Advisory Committee

Member (as a practicing attorney), 1975 Board of Editors, Brigham Young University Law Review

Community

Member, Professional Services Credentials Committee, Urban Central Region, Intermountain Health Care (Hospital System, 2006-2012)

Member, Board of Trustees of the Urban Central Region, Intermountain Health Care (2006-2012)

General Counsel and Member of the Board of Directors for Hot August Nights, Inc., Reno, Nevada, from 1995-1999

Member, Board of Directors of Hidden Valley Country Club, Salt Lake City, 1988-1990, 2001-2002, 2005-2007, President 2007

Insights

Presentations

Ethical and Financial Implications of Ignoring Conflicts of Interest

Utah Real Estate Transaction Documents A-Z, National Business Institute Presentation

Indemnification Provisions 101: Drafting, Negotiating, Common Mistakes

Construction Disputes and Litigation: Start to Finish

Legal Ethics: New Case Law and Changed Rules

Litigating Civil Cases in Utah from Start to Finish

Construction Contracts 2021

Indemnification Clause Strategies - 2021 Edition

Construction Disputes and Litigation: Start to Finish

An Ethical New Year: 2020 Recap and 2021 Resolutions

Legal Ethical Issues, 12/29/20

Top 10 Ethical Dilemmas in Litigation

Drafting and Negotiating Complex Indemnity Provisions

Obtaining Evidence from Electronic Devices

Legal Ethics: New Rules and Trends You Need to Know

5 Ethical Lessons I Wish I Learned Earlier

Conflicts of Interest: Indemnification and Waivers

Top 6 Ethical Mistakes Paralegals Make

Indemnification Clause Strategies

Social Media Ethics and Evidence

Additional Insureds and Indemnity Issues in Construction Contracts

Construction Disputes and Litigation: Start to Finish

Construction Law from Start to Finish

Ethical Traps of a Lying Client

Expert Witnesses: Using Utah Court Rules to Your Advantage

Limitation of Liability Clauses - Traps for the Unwary

Legal Ethics in Utah

Drafting and Reviewing Business Contracts May 2020

Estate Planning Ethics

How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced May 2020

Legal Ethics: New Rules and Trends You Need to Know

Insurance Coverage Litigation Boot Camp

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide

Ethical Implications for Attorneys Transitioning to New Firms

Using Hearsay as Evidence

Protect your practice – know the ins and outs of solving ethical dilemmas

Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events

Construction Insurance Bootcamp

Advanced Construction Contracts

Authenticating and Admitting Evidence in Personal Injury

Strategically Using Indemnification Provisions in Contracts

Credentials

Licensed

Utah
Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Education

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law