Durham Jones & Pinegar Names Practice Group Chairs

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Salt Lake City — The Board of Directors of Durham Jones & Pinegar has appointed shareholders of the firm to chair its six major practice groups for 2014.  The firm has 93 lawyers in five offices, four in Utah and one in Nevada.  The primary practice groups of the firm include Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights, Business & Finance, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Real Estate.

Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights

Duane H. Gillman, chair, has chaired this group of the firm for the past two years and has practiced in the areas of business and personal reorganization, bankruptcy litigation, creditors’ rights, and trustee and receiver representation for more than twenty-five years. Mr. Gillman has distributed over $80 million to creditors and other parties in interest as a trustee in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 cases.

Business & Finance

Russell K. Smith, chair, continues as chair of this section for a 5th year.  The firm’s Business & Finance practice section is one of the largest business law groups in the state of Utah. Smith was named the Distinguished Business Law Practitioner of the Year by the Business Section of the Utah State Bar in 2013. He regularly advises start-up and emerging-growth companies, along with venture capital firms and corporate investors. In 2013, Smith also helped draft and pass the Utah Limited Liability Company Act.

Mark L. Astling, vice chair, focuses his practice on federal and state tax issues, including business formations, equity compensation, mergers & acquisitions, and tax accounting.

Estate Planning

Douglas A. Taggart, chair, has over 30 years of experience in sophisticated tax and estate planning and business and real estate transactions. He was named “Favorite Attorney in Northern Utah” by the Standard-Examiner newspaper.

Intellectual Property

Clinton E. Duke, chair, joined the firm in 2011 and assists clients with a variety of intellectual property matters including patent infringement litigation; disputes involving trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and unfair business practices; and licensing and portfolio management.


J. Mark Gibb, chair, is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis in intellectual property litigation and real property law.

Bryan J. Pattison, vice chair, concentrates his practice on civil and appellate litigation, employment law and real estate development.

Real Estate

Gretta C. Spendlove, chair, is experienced in representing buyers and sellers in purchasing, selling and developing real estate; creating legal entities; in buying and selling businesses; and handling intellectual property issues