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Welcome To UDLA

At the DRI annual meeting, a paper was presented that we would like to pass on to our members.  Please click on the link below to read "The Economics of Justice" which explains the urgent need for both the public and governmental leaders to recognize the value of a fully funded justice system.  2014 Economics of Justice.pdf

Awards and Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Heinz J. Mahler of Kipp & Christian for winning the UDLA Legacy Award and also to H. Justin Hitt from Petersen & Associates for winning the Horizon Award. Thank you for your outstanding work in the field of defense law. Our annual meeting took place on May 8th at the City Creek Marriott. We had a great turnout of our members and we hope you found the information to be both compelling and educational.

Upcoming events

30 Jan 2015 12:00 PM • The New Yorker, 60 West Market St., Salt Lake City, Utah

Welcome New Members

Welcome to our newest member Jessica Johnston from Strong and Hanni. Any new member of UDLA also receives a one year free membership to the Defense Research Institute.

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Wins, News and Current Events

Bradley W. Madsen and S. Grace Acosta of the firm Scalley Reading Bates Hansen & Rasmussen, PC, recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Sunpeak Association. . The defendant, Sunpeak Association, is an incorporated Homeowners Association of approximately 380 homes located in Park City, Utah. The case was brought by a closely held corporation that owned one of the properties within the Sunpeak community. The case was tried before the Honorable Ryan M. Harris


The case was tried over four days. The jury of eight deliberated for approximately eight hours before returning a verdict in favor of Sunpeak Association. The jury concluded that Sunpeak Association did not breach the Community Covenants and Restrictions, and that Sunpeak Association did not take any enforcement action that was arbitrary or capricious. Accordingly, there was no award of damages. 

*More details on our latest blog entry