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Heather L. Thuet

heather.thuet@chrisjen.com
VCard

257 East 200 South, Suite 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
 

Heather was elected shareholder in 2011. Heather’s practice focuses primarily on real estate, professional liability/construction defect, and personal injury. She is a licensed real estate broker, a small claims judge and has been appointed by Mayor Ralph Becker to the Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks Commission and Land Use Board of Appeals. Heather is also an especially skilled and experienced trial attorney. She is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice group.
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Real Estate:

Represents entities and individuals in matters involving real estate, including negotiation, evaluation, sale, purchase, use, and valuation. Representative matters include:
  • Jury verdict in 10 day wrongful death jury trial arising from alleged prescription overdose
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing claims of breach of contract and unjust enrichment in real estate dispute
  • Obtained award of attorneys’ fees for client in real estate dispute
  • Obtained favorable ruling in a judge trial in real estate dispute and collected on judgment
  • Obtained court ruling in favor of client real estate brokerage in commission dispute
  • Obtained summary judgment for landowner in premises liability claim alleging significant injuries
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client against home inspector
 

Professional Liability / Medical Malpractice / Construction Defect: 

Represents health care providers, engineers, contractors, appraisers, home inspectors, real estate agents and other professionals, in malpractice and licensing/disciplinary matters.  Representative matters include:
  • Won no cause for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in two week wrongful death jury trial
  • Secured no meritorious rulings in favor of clients fromm Division of Occupational Licensing
  • Obtained partial summary judgment dismissing professional negligence claims against property inspector
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of numerous malpractice claims against multinational non-profit health care organization
  • Obtained summary judgment for general contractor in Summit County construction defect case
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of negligent credentialing and malpractice claims against surgical center
 

Personal Injury:

Represents businesses and individuals in catastrophic personal injury trials. Representative matters include:

  • Judgment for half a million dollars awarded to client for attorneys fees and indemnification in cross-claim against trucking company
  • In recent jury trial in which the client admitted causing an accident, obtained verdict of less than one-half of the incurred medical bills for two of the plaintiffs, and a defense verdict against a third
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict in federal court for international non-profit in case where plaintiff alleged one million in damages
  • Obtained defense ruling in automobile accident statutory arbitration claim


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & ADMISSIONS

  • Utah Bar President, 2021 - present 
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation 2020
  • Chair of Utah State Bar Litigation Section 2015-2016
  • Vice Chair of Litigation Committee, American Bar Association YLD, 2014-2015
  • Executive Committee, Utah Defense Lawyers Association, 2013 - present
  • Executive Committee, Utah State Bar Litigation Section (Treasurer 2013-current; Secretary 2012-2013, Chair-Elect 2014-2015)
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Salt Lake City Justice Court, Small Claims Division, 2008 – present
  • Utah State Bar Examiner, 2005 – 2012
  • Admitted to practice in Utah state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Utah, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • ALFA Firm 

 



EDUCATION

  • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D.
  • Order of the Coif (top 5% of graduating class)
  • Utah Law Review 2002-2003
  • William H. Leary Scholar, 2001-2004
  • Judicial intern, Associate Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Utah Supreme Court
  • Judicial intern, the Hon. Robert K. Hilder, Third Judicial District Court
  • University of Utah (B.S. 2001; Business Administration, cum laude)
  • President’s Award (outstanding scholastic achievement)

 



RECOGNITIONS

  • Attorney of the Year 2017, Construction Defect & Dispute Conference. 
  • Bar President’s Award for outstanding service and distinction during 2016.
  • Litigation Section Distinguished Service Award, 2016.
  • Featured in Women in the Law 2016, Attorney at Law Magazine, Vol. 4 No. 1.
  • Featured in Law Day supplement commemorating Magna Carta, Utah Media Group, April 26, 2015.
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  
  • Recognized by Utah Business Magazine as 2018 Utah Legal Elite in Real Estate.
  • Admitted to practice in Utah, Federal District of Utah and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

 



SELECTED LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Key Note Address - Utah Celebrates Pro Bono Kick Off at S.J. Quinney Colege of Law, October 2019 
  • "Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession" CLE presentation by Heather L. Thuet at the Utah Law and Justice Center, April 2018
  • “The Gamble of Innovation: Does the Payoff Justify the Risk? Speed to Market Should Not Mean Reckless to Market: Avoiding the Legal Risks of Innovation,” ALFA International 2019 International Client Seminar, Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California, March 1, 2019.
  • “Free and Low Cost Resources in Utah,” Good4Utah, March 20, 2018.
  • “Licensed Lawyer,” co-sponsored by Affordable Attorneys for All Task Force and Litigation Section, Utah State Bar, March 14, 2018.
  • "Principled Negotiation - When to Hold 'Em and When to Fold 'Em" CLE presentation by Hether L.Thuet at the 4th Annual Intermountain Contruction Defect & Dispute Conference
  • "Tips and Tricks to Avoiding a Mediation Meltdown" CLE presentation by Heather L. Thuet at Utah Law and Justice Center, November 2017 
  • “Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession,” New Lawyer Training Program Ethics, Utah State Bar, October 19, 2017.
  • “Enforceability of Pre-Injury Waivers/Release of Claims for Injury and Death,” ALFA International PLCT Compendium, August 2017. 
  • "Programs added to Bar's New Lawyer Training Program" - Utah State Bar Journal  pg. 10 - July/Aug 2017
  • “Successful Mediation,” Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, Utah State Bar, July 13, 2017. 
  • “An Insider’s Guide to Judicial Selection, Retention, and Misconduct,” panel presenter with Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Ron Gordon, Jennifer Yim, Brian S. King and Alex Peterson, Utah State Bar, March 30, 2017.
  • “Preventing the Mediation Meltdown: A Survival Guide to Preparing for Mediation,” Utah State Bar Summer Convention, Coronado, California, July 2016.
  • “Practical Effects of Rules of Civility,” United States District Court, June 22, 2016.
  • “Winning the Battle, Losing the War: Summary Judgment as a Tool in Construction Defect Claims,” 2nd Annual Intermountain Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, February 5, 2016.
  • “Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims: Practical and Ethical Tips for Beginning and Ending Client Relationships,” United States District Court, December 8, 2015.
  • “Get Ready, Get Excited, It’s Coming Soon,” Message from the Chair, The Zealous Advocate, a newsletter of the Litigation Section, November 2015.
  • “Behind Closed Doors: An Insider’s View on the Rise of Mediation,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, July 2015.
  • “The Judicial Perspective on Litigation: What Works and What Does Not,” moderate panel of Utah judges consisting of Hon. Michele M. Christiansen (Utah Court of Appeals), Hon. Barry G. Lawrence (2nd Judicial District), and Hon. Thomas L. Kay (2nd Judicial District), 2015 Utah State Bar Summer Convention in Sun Valley Idaho.
  • “Ethical Issues of Beginning and Ending Client Relationships,” American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Tampa Bay, Florida, May 14, 2015
  • “What goes on Behind Closed Doors in Mediation,” Utah State Bar Spring Convention, St. George, Utah, March 13, 2015
  • "Medical Aesthetic Malpractice: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," American Association of Justice annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland, July 29, 2014.
  • "What Goes On Behind Closed Doors In Mediation," Utah State Bar Summer Convention in Snowmass, Colorado, July 17, 2014.
  • Presenter, "What Goes on Behind Closed Doors in Mediation," Utah Bar Summer Convocation, 2014
  • "Ethics and Professionalism," Utah Defense Lawyers Association annual meeting, May 2014. Moderated panel presentation consisting of Judge Todd M. Shaughnessy, Billy Walker, and Judge Robert K. Hilder.
  • "Jury Behavior," Utah State Bar Summer Convention in Snowmass, Colorado, July 18, 2014. Moderate distinguished panel consisting of Hon. Glen Dawson, Hon. Kate A. Toomey, Hon. David N. Mortensen and Hon. Clark A. McClellan.
  • Presenter, E-filing in State Court, Utah States Bar Modest Means kick-off, 2013
  • Presenter, "Medical Aesthetic Malpractice: The Good, the Bad, and the UGLY", American Association of Justice, Annual Meeting, 2014
  • Presenter, “Personal Injury Lawsuits with a Medicare Beneficiary,” Weber County Bar Association, 2011
  • Co-author, “Utah Law Update,” annual Christensen & Jensen publication summarizing Utah liability law

 



RULINGS AND OPINIONS

  • Zundel v. Magana, 2015 UT App 69, 347 P.3d 444 
  • Murray Firm Prevails After Being Sued for Towing Vehicle of Attorney's Son - Full Article
  • Johnson v. Gold's Gym, 2009 UT App 76, 206 P.3d 302 (affirming summary judgment for landowner in premises liability claim)

 



COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Judge Pro Tempore (serving third term), Salt Lake Justice Court, 2008-present              
  • Commissioner, Salt Lake City Historic Landmark Commission, 2012-2016                             
  • Salt Lake Land Use Appeals Board, 2011-2012                                                                           
  • Commission Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks 2012-current
  • Heather L. Thuet announces nine judicial recipients of the 2015 Judicial Excellence Award in Sun Valley, Idaho:
  • Presiding Judge Lyle R. Anderson (Seventh District)
  • Judge Glen R. Dawson (Second District)
  • Judge Royal I. Hansen (Third District)
  • Judge Thomas L. Kay (Second District)
  • Presiding Judge David N. Mortensen (Fourth District)
  • Judge Derek P. Pullan (Fourth District)
  • Judge Todd M. Shaughnessy (Third District)
  • Judge G. Michael Westfall (Fifth District) article here
  • Associate Presiding Judge Thomas L. Willmore (First District)
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