Salt Lake City — The law firm of Durham Jones & Pinegar announced that four associate attorneys have been elected as shareholders effective Nov. 1. The four new shareholders are Patrick E. Johnson, Erin T. Middleton, Jason P. Nixon and Z. Ryan Pahnke.
Johnson’s practice is concentrated in both commercial litigation in state and federal courts and bankruptcy with emphasis on creditors’ rights and the representation of trustees. He received his J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Johnson also received his B.S. in Biology from Davidson College in North Carolina. Prior to joining D|J|P in 2008, he was an associate at Berman & Savage, P.C.
Middleton practices employment law and commercial litigation. She received her J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, where she graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a B.A. in English and an H.B.A. in French. Middleton has been with D|J|P since January 2007. Before joining the firm, she clerked for Utah State Supreme Court Judge Christine M. Durham.
Nixon is an intellectual property attorney with an electrical engineering background. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He worked for two years as an engineer before attending law school, and practiced law for four years prior to joining Durham Jones & Pinegar. He has been with the firm for 2 ½ years.
Pahnke joined the firm in 2007, after completing a clerkship with Judge Dee Benson of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. His practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts in Utah and Nevada. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, in economics from the University of Utah, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, LasVegas.