Durham Jones & Pinegar Appoints Section Chairs and Committee Leaders

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Salt Lake City — The law firm Durham Jones & Pinegar announced firm leadership changes in several areas.

The Board has appointed Duane H. Gillman to chair the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Section, Rick Hymas to be the firm’s Litigation Section Chair and Mark Gibb to be the Litigation Section Co-Chair. Gretta Spendlove will chair the firm’s Real Estate Section.

Continuing to serve as chairs of other practice sections of the firm are: Kevin Johanson, Intellectual Property Section Chair; Russell M. Smith, Business and Finance Section Chair; and Doug Taggart, Estate Planning Section Chair.

The firm also has appointed Peter Donaldson, a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, to chair and bankruptcy attorney Jessica Peterson to serve as the vice chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Gillman joined Durham Jones & Pinegar in October 2005. He has distributed over $80 million to creditors and other parties in interest as a trustee in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 cases. He maintains an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.

Hymas has been with the firm for seven years. His practice focuses on employment law and commercial litigation. He previously served on the firm’s Board of Directors. He also is on the Board of Directors of Make-a-Wish Utah.

Gibb has been with the firm since its founding in 1991. With more than 20 years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, Gibb specializes in complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis in intellectual property and real property law and recoveries involving investment fraud. He recently was co-lead trial counsel in defense of patent and trade secret claims regarding alleged defects in floppy disk controllers asserted against a Taiwan company. Gibb serves as a trustee of Utah Avalanche Girls Soccer Club Foundation, a non-profit girls’ soccer club.

Spendlove joined the firm in 2001. She represents clients in commercial real estate matters such as development, financing, and leasing of office buildings, retail developments, and multifamily projects. In addition, she consults with business owners on contracts and other corporate issues. Spendlove is a member of the board of directors of CREW Utah, Women Tech Council, and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Center.