Philip M. Ballif
Salt Lake City
Philip M. Ballif is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Section. He is based in the Salt Lake City office and handles cases in Utah and Nevada. His practice concentrates on commercial and business tort litigation and family law – including disputes involving contracts, business torts, lender liability, corporate governance, partnership and limited liability company dissolution, real estate, franchising, intellectual property, trade secret, construction law, divorce, custody disputes, premarital agreements and adoption. Mr. Ballif maintains an “AV-Preeminent” rating with Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.
George Washington University Law School – J.D. (1984)
Brigham Young University – B.S., Accounting, cum laude (1981)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court, District of Nevada
United States District Court, District of Utah
- Shareholder, Jones Vargas, Las Vegas, Nevada (1994-2007)
- Associate, Morton R. Galane P.C., Las Vegas, Nevada (1986-1993)
- Law Clerk, Honorable Howard D. McKibben, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (1985-86)
- Nevada State Bar – Litigation Section
- Utah State Bar – Litigation, Family Law and Franchise Sections
Civil Litigation Cases
- Defended national financial institution against multi-million dollar lender liability claim involving a construction loan for Las Vegas hotel-casino.
- Defended national financial institution against multi-million dollar lender liability claim involving a small business development loan.
- Defended national financial institution against multi-million dollar lender liability claim involving operating and capital improvement financing for a Hawaii-based macadamia nut processing company.
- Defended private financial firm who acquired a mortgage loan from FDIC against lender liability claims by invoking the administrative review procedure and exhaustion rule of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989.
- Represented financial institutions and leasing companies recover assets and other forms of collateral from defaulting borrowers and lessees.
- Defended a health care company against a multi-million dollar breach of contract action.
- Defended a multi-level marketing company against unfounded allegations of fraud and unfair trade practices.
- Defended a startup gaming company and its founder against unfounded allegations of misappropriation and prior inventorship of a new, patented card game
- Obtained a settlement valued at more than $1 million for a former executive of a publicly traded gaming company in connection with a dispute over his employment contract and stock option rights.
- Obtained a judgment of more than $1.5 million for a hotel development company in connection with a dispute over pre-development costs for a Las Vegas hotel property.
- Obtained the dismissal of a class action lawsuit filed by a group of retired firemen and police officers who challenged the validity of legislative amendments affecting retirement benefits and thereby saved the state’s public employees retirement system hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Obtained dismissals of lawsuits filed against a large Las Vegas retirement community association by disgruntled homeowners who challenged the board’s financial decisions.
- Obtained a defense judgment for an east coast insurance agency in an insurance bad-faith, fraud action filed by an art dealer who procured insurance for his art collection, filed a fraudulent theft claim and then sued his insurance agent and insurer for denying his claim.
- Obtained a judgment for a landowner awarding him a prescriptive easement in connection with a boundary dispute with an adjacent landowner.
- Obtained a judgment for a homeowner against an insurance company for major structural damage to his home caused by a water leak that triggered soil expansion.
- Helped numerous businesses and individuals successfully negotiate workout arrangements when they have found themselves unable to complete performance of contractual obligations.