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Michael J. Thomas

michael.thomas@chrisjen.com
VCard

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

Michael is an experienced business attorney and legal advisor. He believes that a great lawyer contributes to client success by finding solutions, fueling ideas, and resolving roadblocks. Michael’s commercial practice involves negotiating complex transactions, resolving challenging disputes, developing compliant policies, and protecting clients’ innovations. He has advised companies in the technology, healthcare, products, entertainment, finance, and construction industries.
 
Before joining Christensen & Jensen, Michael worked as general counsel for a growing tech company, as a clerk (staff attorney) for a federal judge, and as an attorney for other respected regional law firms. With an undergraduate degree in English, he was an editor and copywriter before law school, as well as a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing course during law school.
 


AREAS OF PRACTICE

 

Business Counseling:

  • Company formations and governance
  • Business and asset acquisitions
  • Fundraising and capital
  • Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM)
  • Enterprise contracts
  • Pre-litigation dispute resolution
 

Employment/Workplace Advising:

  • Noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure agreements
  • Trade secret development and enforcement
  • Employee handbooks and other workplace policies


Litigation:

  • Jury trials and arbitrations
  • Mediation and settlement negotiations
  • Motion practice and appeals
  • Contract breaches
  • Shareholder actions
  • Personal injury
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Fraud claims
  
 


EDUCATION

  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D.
    • Graduated cum laude
    • BYU Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., English

 



ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • Utah State Courts
  • United States District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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