Utah County has 571 attorneys, which equals one lawyer for every 679 people in Utah County. Listed on the following pages are four of the top legal firms servicing Utah Valley, each of which carries a unique perspective, approach and demeanor in meeting your legal needs.
Dexter & Dexter: Utah Valley’s Full-Service Law Firm
Attorneys: Michael A. Cederstrom, J. Bryan Dexter, Amy Fortune, Chris A. Dexter, David J. Hunter, D. Scott Davis, Reed Braithwaite (not pictured)
• Accidents & Injuries
• Business, Tax & Corporations
• Criminal Defense
• Collections & Bankruptcy
• Divorce & Family Law
• Juvenile Defense
• Mediation and Arbitration Services
• Real Estate & Probate
• Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
• Wrongful Death
Dexter & Dexter is a full-service law firm with its headquarters in Orem. Each of the firm’s seven attorneys focuses on one or two areas of practice, lending their expertise to challenges faced by both businesses and individuals. Accordingly, each attorney is uniquely qualified both educationally and experientially to assist your family or business. With more than 70 years combined practice, the attorneys of Dexter & Dexter have experiences that include a former in-house counsel for a publicly traded company, a former professor, a former prosecutor, a former insurance adjuster and a real estate developer.
The firm’s attorneys have represented clients ranging from large public corporations to small businesses and individuals with less complex, although no less-important, issues. The firm’s attorneys provide mediation and arbitration services.
The Dexter & Dexter approach to client representation is to review the possible options for resolution of the matter keeping in mind the need to control client cost and resolve the issues in a timely manner. Dexter & Dexter prides itself on their aggressive yet respectful approach while keeping the client informed on the progress of matters with timely updates and the timely returning of phone calls.
The fact that more than 72 percent of the firm’s business is repeat and referral serves as strong evidence that their emphasis on rendering superior client services is working. With offices in Orem and Salt Lake and with attorneys who can help you solve almost any problem, Dexter & Dexter is truly Utah’s Full-Service Law Firm.
Kirton & McConkie
Read R. Hellewell (far left), Robert C. Hyde (back row, third from right) and William A. Meaders Jr. (far right) have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate law, and are well equipped to represent the largest real estate clients in the region. Hellewell and Meaders are both past chairmen of the Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar.
Those who follow major real estate transactions in Utah and the surrounding region are sure to know the name Kirton & McConkie.
With more experience in real estate law than any other firm in Utah, Kirton & McConkie has represented some of the largest and most important real estate clients in the state – including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It boasts expertise in entitlements, acquisition and development, regime documentation, tenant lease-up, construction and dispute resolution, and financing.
“Our long-standing relationship with the LDS Church, which includes hundreds of land transactions annually throughout the country, has afforded us depth and breadth of experience that’s hard to match,” says Read R. Hellewell, head of the 12-attorney real estate section.
Hellewell and his colleagues bring this mastery to bear on behalf of many other prominent clients, including the largest and second largest commercial mortgage brokers in Utah, leading real estate development and ownership firms, several life insurance companies, the largest independent supermarket chain in the West and more.
Real Estate Attorneys Earn
Top Ratings From Peers
Clients who turn to Kirton & McConkie for assistance in real estate matters can feel confident they are getting the best. After all, eight members of the real estate section have garnered the highest possible tribute from their peers: an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
“An AV rating recognizes an attorney’s ‘very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards,’” explains Robert C. Hyde, another senior member of the real estate section.
“We feel honored to have earned the trust and respect of our peers,” adds William A. Meaders Jr.
full spectrum of legal services
Kirton & McConkie is a powerful legal partner to many of the region’s top real estate developers. What’s more, as one of the largest firms in Utah, it provides a full spectrum of legal services in the U.S. and internationally. Accordingly, clients with needs in both real estate law and, say, intellectual property or business litigation, benefit from the collective expertise of attorneys in multiple areas of practice.
Ascione, Heideman & McKay
From Left to Right: Patrick J. Ascione, Justin Heideman, Daniel McKay
• Commercial Law
• Contract Litigation
• Civil Trial Practice
• Estate Planning & Trusts
• Family Law
• Criminal Defense
When it comes to legal representation, the firm of Ascione, Heideman & McKay in Provo provides quality service. The firm is able to effectively represent clients with varying legal needs because of the diverse experiences and qualifications of the attorneys who practice there. The firm, however, limits the number of cases it accepts in order to ensure that it is providing the best representation to its clients. Attorneys at the firm are selective about the clients they represent; and the level of service is personalized and custom-tailored to the clients’ particular needs.
“We want to become acquainted with a client before determining whether or not we will take a case,” says Patrick J. Ascione, managing attorney with the firm. “When we decide to take a case, however, we are better prepared to represent the person because we already know his or her expectations.”
The firm also accepts cases that involve novel areas of law, or are significant in other ways.
“We are not afraid to take on some of the bigger companies and entities that take advantage of people,” Ascione says. “We definitely have a plaintiff’s mentality.”
In fact, the firm recently secured an $8.4 million award in an NASD arbitration on behalf of a defrauded investor — the largest verdict or judgment for the firm to date.
While Ascione admits to having an aggressive approach to his representation (his last name means “the axe” in Italian), the attorneys at the firm also enjoy working closely with clients to provide “preventative” legal assistance in areas such as estate planning and family law.
Justin Heideman is known for his easygoing nature in working with families. He enjoys getting to know the families and helping them find the best solutions to ensure financial security and a stable future. In fact, when the work is done, Heideman is often considered as much a friend as a trusted family advisor.
Daniel McKay works primarily in the family law arena handling adoption, divorce and custody cases. His personality, professional demeanor, and legal acumen helps minimize the various stresses that many individuals encounter during such proceedings.
“Good legal representation is about helping people get through transitional periods in their lives,” Ascione says. “A good attorney should be aware of his clients’ needs and help them through these events as painlessly as possible. That’s what we strive to do.”
Each managing attorney works closely with a professional staff and two associate attorneys, Justin R. Elswick and Lorelei Naegle, to offer the best in quality representation for their clients
Fillmore Spencer LLC
Sitting, L to R: Scott Card, Randy Spencer, Bill Fillmore, Richard Sheffield, Barney Madsen Standing, L to R: Carl Belliston, Mark Stubbs, Karin Briggs, Trent Sutton, Kathy Anderson, Ashby Boyle, Clark Merkley, Jennifer Gowans, Monte Stewart
• Corporations, LLCs & Partnerships
• Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
• Technology, Computer & Internet
• Civil and Commercial Litigation
• Business & Franchising
• Employment Law
• Real Estate & Real Estate Development
• Family Law
• Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
• Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances
• Securities, Financing & Venture Capital
• Trademarks & Copyrights
• Collections & Creditor Rights
Merged Law Firm. Fillmore Spencer represents the merger of two of Utah Valley’s premier firms, Fillmore Belliston Sheffield Madsen & Stubbs and Spencer Smith & Card. The merged firm greatly expanded its capabilities to meet the broader needs of its large and growing clientele.
Business Law. The firm continues a focus on the technology, real estate, corporate and financing sectors. Using up-to-date technology, the firm provides accessible, reliable and cost-efficient legal advice, contracts and other services.
Commercial and Real Estate Litigation. When business or other disputes arise, the firm’s attorneys advocate the causes of their clients professionally and effectively. They have handled hundreds of litigation matters before state and federal courts and have arbitrated or mediated scores of disputes.
Personal Injury & General Legal Services. The firm also provides high-quality representation in personal injury, accident, and death claims, family law matters (adoption, divorce, etc.), and criminal defense.
Unparalleled Experience. The firm’s lawyers provide outstanding competence and real depth in most major legal matters. They have developed extensive experience from years of practice at some of the most distinguished law firms in the country and from prestigious government appointments and
Midsize & Emerging Clients. While the firm represents some large national and international businesses, it also enjoys assisting emerging businesses in their development. The attorneys’ diverse experience can be combined in large-scale matters or tailored for smaller engagements. The firm also counsels individuals in their estate planning, personal investment and business transactions.
Addressing Needs Efficiently. Although the quality of the firm’s services is akin to those of major firms in large metropolitan areas, its fees range significantly lower than those charged by major firms. The firm helps its clients budget and control legal expenses by using fixed fees and other non-traditional arrangements in appropriate circumstances.