John Snow commenced his legal practice in 1973 in Salt Lake City, and he has also had an active professional practice in Nevada since 1990. Mr. Snow is a member of the law firm Prince, Yeates and Geldzahler. Mr. Snow’s practice consists of general civil litigation, including commercial, professional malpractice, construction, and insurance coverage and defense.
Brigham Young University, B.A. (1970)Arizona State University, J.D. (cum laude, 1973)
Comment Editor, Arizona State Law Journal (1971-73)
Ninth, Tenth and Federal U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
Member, Utah State Bar
Member, Litigation Section of the Utah State BarMember, State Bar of Nevada
Member, Construction Law Section of the Utah State Bar
Member, American Bar AssociationMember, Character and Fitness Committee of the Utah State Bar (2001-2011)
Member, Litigation Section
Member, Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Utah State Bar (2009-Present)
Chair, Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Utah State Bar (August 2011–Present)
Member, Ethics & Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court (2004)
Member, Model Jury Instruction Committee for the State of Utah, Commercial Transactions Subcommittee
Member, United States District Court for Utah, Technology Advisory Committee
Member (as a practicing attorney), 1975 Board of Editors, Brigham Young University Law Review
Member, Professional Services Credentials Committee, Urban Central Region, Intermountain Health Care (Hospital System, 2006-2012)
Member, Board of Trustees of the Urban Central Region, Intermountain Health Care (2006-2012)
General Counsel and Member of the Board of Directors for Hot August Nights, Inc., Reno, Nevada, from 1995-1999
Member, Board of Directors of Hidden Valley Country Club, Salt Lake City, 1988-1990, 2001-2002, 2005-2007, President 2007
Mr. Snow has actively represented parties in litigation involving real estate and real estate development. An example of cases handled by Mr. Snow include: DeMarco v. LaPay, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 107282 (D. Utah 2009); Prosper Inc. v Innovative Software Technologies, 2006 U.S. App. Lexis 16650; Sierra Wholesale Supply v. Radiant Technologies, Inc., 2005 Ut. App. 540, cert. den. 2006 Utah Lexis 113; Prosper, Inc. v. Innovative Software Techs., 188 Fed. Appx 703 (10th Cir. 2006); Strotek Corp. v. Airline Transportation Association, 2002 Lexis U.S. App. 17730 (9th Cir. 2002), Kelley v. Leucadia Financial Corp., 846 P.2d 1238 (Utah 1992); Richardson v. Schaub, 796 P.2d 1304 (Wyo. 1990).
Professional Malpractice Litigation
Mr. Snow is regularly involved in litigation involving malpractice of various professionals, including legal and medical malpractice. Wood-Federowicz v. Yengich, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 111010 (D. Utah 2009); United States Fid. & Guar. Co. v. United States Sports Specialty Ass'n, 2012 UT 3 (Utah 2012).
Mr. Snow has represented clients regarding insurance coverage issues under various types of policies. An example of cases handled by Mr. Snow include Bean v. United States, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 61159 (D. Utah 2009); Berger v. Minnesota Mutual Life Ins. Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota, 723 P.2d 388 (Utah 1986); Larson v. Wycoff Company, 624 P.2d 1151 (Utah 1981); and, Vestin Mortgage, Inc., v. First American Title Insurance Company, 101 P.3d 398 (Utah Ct. App. 2004); United States Fid. & Guar. Co. v. United States Sports Specialty Ass'n, 2012 UT 3 (Utah 2012).
During his entire career, Mr. Snow has represented developers, owners, lenders and contractors in various aspects of construction litigation. An example of cases handled by Mr. Snow include Stevensen v. Goodson, 924 P.2d 339 (Utah 1996), Masonry Equipment & Supply v. Willco Assoc., Inc., 755 P.2d 756, Utah Ct. App. 1988) and Gardiner and Gardiner Builders v. Swapp, et al., 656 P.2d 429 (Utah 1982).
Natural Resources, Mining and Environmental Litigation
Mr. Snow has worked with natural resource companies in a variety of areas, including operations, environmental, construction, acquisition, leasing and royalty matters. He has also defended actions involving environmental cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. An example of cases handled by Mr. Snow include Valley Camp of Utah, Inc. v. Babbitt, 24 F.3d 1263 (10th Cir. 1994); Andalex Resources, Inc. v. Myers, 871 P.2d 1041 (Utah Ct. App. 1994); and Trail Mountain Coal Company v. ARCO Coal Sales Co., 749 P.2d 637 (Utah 1988).
Trademark and Intellectual Property Litigation
Mr. Snow has actively involved in litigation in the area of trademark and intellectual property. The cases have included matters involving name, trademark and trade dress similarities and infringement, and patent infringement actions. For example, Promega Corp. v. Lifecodes Corp., D. Utah, 1999 U.S. Dist. Lexis 21094.
Lender Liability Litigation
During his entire practice, Mr. Snow has actively represented bank and other lenders in various types of litigation, including what is commonly referred to as lender liability claims. Mr. Snow has also had extensive experience representing banks in connection with operational matters. An example of a cases handled by Mr. Snow include Stevensen v. Goodson, 924 P.2d 339 (Utah 1996); Solomon v. Security Pacific Bank Nevada, 138 B.R. 608 (D. Nev. 1992); Ream v. Fitzen, 581 P.2D 185 (Utah 1978); and Murray First Thrift & Loan Co. v. Benson, 563 P.2d 185 (Utah 1977).
Probate, Trust and Tax Litigation
Mr. Snow is experienced in litigation involving probate and trust matters. Mr. Snow has handled several cases regarding the validity of wills or codicils. An example of a case handled by Mr. Snow is Parks v. Zions First National Bank, 673 P.2d 590 (Utah 1983); In re Andersen’s Ford, 1991 Lexis Bankr. 1986 (D. Utah Bankr. 1991); and, Wisniewski v. Conti, 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 16226 (9th Cir. 1999).
Mr. Snow has represented primarily employers in connection with litigation involving employment matters, including specifically wrongful termination and the enforcement of covenants not to compete and other restrictive covenants. An example of a case handled by Mr. Snow is Danielson v. CalEnergy Company, Inc., 9th Cir. 2000 U.S. App. Lexis 2806.
Mr. Snow is experienced in real estate litigation. An example of cases handled by Mr. Snow are James Demarco, et al., v. Michael Lapay, et al., Case No. 2:09-CV-190 TS, 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 109738; Kelley v. Leucadia Financial Corp., 846 P.2d 1238 (Utah 1992);.
Mr. Snow is experienced in bankruptcy litigation. For example, litigation handled by Mr. Snow in bankruptcy court included In re Ricci Investment Co., Inc., 217 B.R. 901 (D. Utah 1998); In re Rannd Resources, Inc., 175 B.R. 393 (D. Nev. 1994); In re Andersen’s Ford, 1991 Lexis Bankr. 1986 (D. Utah Bankr. 1991).
Awards and Distinctions
Designated in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Legal Malpractice Law, Commercial Litigation and Construction Law for more than five years.
Designated in The Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year 2012 in the specialties of Litigation, Real Estate and Construction Law.
Designated in Utah Business magazine’s “Utah Legal Elite” in the specialties of Civil Litigation and Construction Law.
Designated as a Super Lawyer in the Mountain States in Super Lawyer Magazine.
Ranked in Chambers USA
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