Jason’s role as an attorney is to solve his clients’ problems in the most efficient, cost effective manner. Although he is a trial attorney — and takes pride in his trial victories — from the outset of a matter Jason seeks to determine the best strategy for his client and their business regardless of whether that best strategy includes litigation. Whether a problem can be resolved by a simple phone call or if it requires a month-long jury trial, Jason is prepared to meet his clients’ needs and expectations while being sensitive to the realities of the time and expense of litigation.
In the past, Jason has successfully resolved his clients’ problems through negotiation and/or mediation—skills that Jason developed as a participant in the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation, and that Jason has continued to develop through the hundreds of cases that he has successfully negotiated to a good result for his clients. Jason has also resolved his clients’ problems through successful motions for summary judgment, in obtaining verdicts for his clients at trial, in obtaining favorable decisions on appeal, and in arbitration. Whatever the problem his client may be faced with, Jason is prepared to fight for his client’s interests and find the best possible resolution.
Jason’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and he has significant experience in construction disputes, collections, partnership disputes, mechanic’s liens, non-compete disputes, trade secret litigation, and real estate litigation. Jason has handled cases all over the State of Utah in both federal and state courts. Jason also has significant experience litigating adversary proceedings in the Utah bankruptcy courts.
Before joining Marshall Olson & Hull, Jason was elected a shareholder at one of Utah’s finest law firms.
- Harvard Law School – J.D., cum laude (2006)
- Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (2003 – 2006)
- Participant in Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation
- Brigham Young University – B.A., Political Science, cum laude (2003)
- Heritage Scholar
Professional and Civic Activities
- Judge Pro Tempore, Davis County (2011 – 2017)
- Participant, A. Sherman Christensen, American Inn of Court I (2008 – Present)
- Recognized in Mountain States Super Lawyers for Businesss Litigation (2009 – Present)
- French and conversational Malagasy
- Jason has successfully collected millions of dollars for his banking and lending clients through non-judicial foreclosure of collateral, negotiation, and through post-judgment execution proceedings.
- Jason successfully enforced a non-compete agreement for his insurance brokerage client against two former clients by obtaining a preliminary injunction for his client and then negotiating a resolution of all remaining issues between the parties.
- On behalf of a large commercial tenant, after a one-week trial, Jason successfully defeated a landlord’s eviction and damages claims, which sought several million dollars in alleged back rent and treble damages, and obtained a judgment for the tenant’s attorney fees and court costs. See also Wadsworth Lake Park, LLC v. Spillman Technologies, Inc., 2009 UT App 210 and 2010 UT App 210 (granting motions for summary disposition for landlord’s failure to perfect its two successive appeals).
- Jason represented several former employees of a defunct computer software company in obtaining a judgment for unpaid wages and benefits. After post-judgment discovery and several evidentiary hearings, Jason successfully collected the judgment from a competing creditor of the former employer, resulting in payment in full of the former employees’ claims, plus attorney fees and costs. See Ashton v. Learnframe, Inc., 185 P.3d 1135 (Utah Ct. App. 2008) (dismissing competing creditor’s appeal of ruling that plaintiffs’ judgment execution sale on former employer’s personal and intellectual property was appropriately exercised under fraudulent transfer statute and other relevant law); cert denied, 199 P.3d 970 (Utah 2008); 2009 UT App 172 (granting motion for summary disposition of second appeal based on competing creditor’s failure to perfect appeal).
- Jason successfully defended a lawn services company and 25 of its employees against claims by a competitor for tortious interference, breach of noncompetition, nondisclosure, nonsolicitation, and noninterference covenants, and punitive damages. The federal court excluded each of the plaintiff’s damages experts and entered summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claims, estimated by the plaintiff at several million dollars. TruGreen Companies, LLC v. Scotts Lawn Service, 508 F. Supp. 2d 937 (D. Utah 2007) (excluding plaintiff’s damages expert under Daubert and dismissing plaintiff’s punitive damages and certain other claims); 2007 WL 169860 (entering summary judgment against plaintiff on most of its remaining claims against competitor and former employees); 199 P.3d 929 (Utah 2008) (on certification from federal district court, rejecting plaintiff’s claim for unjust enrichment damages against competitor and former employees on claims for breach of employment agreements and tortious interference).
- In bankruptcy court, Jason successfully had a court dismiss a case with prejudice before any discovery where the plaintiff sought to have a debt deemed nondischargeable for fraud in a fiduciary capacity. See Engage v. Clear Vision, LLC v. Cameron (In re Cameron), 2011 WL 2118994 (Bankr. D. Utah 2011).