Chambers USA, America’s leading lawyers for business, ranked nine Durham Jones & Pinegar attorneys in its 2019 rankings. Those recognized in Utah include:


  • Jeffrey M. Jones
  • Kevin R. Pinegar
  • N. Todd Leishman
  • Christian Anderson
  • Russell K. Smith
  • Thomas R. Taylor


  • Brad R. Cahoon


  • W. Waldan Lloyd


  • Gretta C. Spendlove

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P. Christian Anderson is a member of the Business & Finance section. Mr. Anderson’s practice focuses on M&A, Business and Finance, Private Equity, Securities, International, Life Sciences, and other technologies. He has worked for many years in the venture capital arena, representing both investors and their portfolio companies. He also represents high-growth companies throughout their life-cycle, with respect to both financing transactions and the myriad business transactions they deal with.




Brad R. Cahoon is a member of the Business & Finance section and specializes in Environmental law. Mr. Cahoon’s practice encompasses water, wireless telecom, zoning, oil and gas, mining, and real estate law. He has represented financial institutions, land developers, manufacturers, energy companies, wireless carriers, mining companies, dry cleaners, metal recyclers, waste companies, ski resorts, ranchers, farmers and chemical companies.





Jeffrey M. Jones is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Jones’ practice concentrates on corporate and securities matters. He represents public and private companies in a broad range of matters, including: mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and corporate governance matters, commercial transactions, venture capital and other types of financing transactions, including private placements of debt and equity securities, preparation and filing of reports required under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and securities listings on national stock exchanges.




N. Todd Leishman is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Leishman’s practice concentrates on corporate and business law with an emphasis on representing sellers in sales of privately owned companies to financial and strategic buyers, acquirers in mergers and acquisitions, and companies in debt and equity financing transactions. He also frequently negotiates and drafts complex commercial contracts such as manufacturing, licensing, lending and distribution agreements. Additionally, he counsels closely held entities regarding governance matters and control disputes, and works closely with the firm’s Litigation section in connection with those matters.



W. Waldan Lloyd is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Lloyd’s practice includes advising on ERISA and IRS compliance matters and helping plan trustees and fiduciaries in connection with plan transactions, plan mergers and spin-offs, various applications and terminations. He has more than 40 years of experience assisting clients on the design and operation of all forms of retirement and welfare plans including 401(k) plans Employee Stock Ownership Plans and VEBAs, with plans ranging from those for individuals and small closely held companies to those covering tens of thousands of employees and sponsored by publicly-traded companies.




Kevin R. Pinegar is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Pinegar’s practice emphasizes corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, public offerings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions. He also has considerable experience in counseling publicly held companies on SEC compliance, disclosure matters and complex securities laws issues. He also has broad transactional experience, assisting with matters ranging from formation and early-stage venture financing to listings of publicly traded securities on U.S. ex-changes.




Russell K. Smith is a co-chair of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Smith’s practice includes representation of private companies. This includes advising start-up and emerging-growth companies from formation through liquidity event in matters including governance, debt and equity financing, equity incentive compensation and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Smith also represents venture capital firms, strategic corporate investors, and angel investors in their investments in start-up companies. Many of his clients are partnership and LLCs for whom he provides sophisticated management, capital strategy and partnership tax advice.




Gretta C. Spendlove is a member the firm’s Real Estate section. Ms. Spendlove’s practice focuses on real estate, corporate law and business transactions. Her experience includes representation of buyers and sellers in purchasing, selling, leasing and developing real estate. Ms. Spendlove also assists in creating legal entities such as joint ventures, corporations and limited liability companies, as well as, in buying and selling businesses and handling intellectual property issues such as trademarks and copyrights.




Thomas R. Taylor is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Taylor practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate, securities, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and recapitalizations, private placements, corporate finance, complex loan transactions, emerging growth and technology company representations, venture capital and private equity financings, technology licensing, corporate governance and general business and corporate matters.