University of Utah Law School: J.D. Degree, June, 1977
University of Utah (undergraduate): B.A. Degree, English, June, 1974 (Magna Cum Laude)
Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi
Staff member, Journal of Contemporary Law (1975-76)
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:
Utah State Bar, admitted September, 1977
Utah Supreme Court
United States District Court, District of Utah
United States District Court, District of Colorado
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
After law school, Mark J. Williams gained a wealth of legal experience working in diverse areas of the law. He worked for a number of years as counsel and chief operating officer of a title company, Guarantee Title Company, handling closings, real estate transactions, title searches, escrows, title insurance, and related legal issues. He also worked as inhouse attorney for a regional timeshare condominium developer, Sweetwater, drafting and reviewing condominium and financing documents, negotiating with local governmental agencies and lenders, representing the developer in legal and administrative actions, and acting as corporate secretary of a condominium management company and various owners’ associations in several western states.
From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Williams held the position of corporate attorney for a large closely-held oil company, Sinclair Oil, which included numerous refineries with RCRA permitted on-site waste facilities, a national system of company and lessee-run service stations, hotels and major ski resorts, including Sun Valley. He supervised administrative actions and civil lawsuits, drafted contracts for the sale and acquisition of properties, handled disputes relating to dealerships under the Federal Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, and was responsible for all legal aspects of environmental compliance connected with the company’s petroleum refineries and on-site waste facilities, a system of interstate pipelines and terminals, and underground storage tanks at over 300 service stations.
In 1987, Mr. Williams joined the firm of Plant, Wallace, Christensen & Kanell (formerly named Hanson, Epperson & Smith). As a shareholder of the firm, Mr. Williams served a wide spectrum of clients in litigation, drawing on his prior experience in the real estate and environmental areas of the law. He defended insurance companies and their insureds in United States District Court for the District of Utah and in state district courts throughout the entire state of Utah in real estate broker and agent malpractice, medical malpractice, automobile accident, products liability, premises liability, legal malpractice, title insurance, wrongful death, toxic tort, and construction/contractor defense cases, as well as insurance coverage cases and related appeals before the Utah Court of Appeals, Utah Supreme Court, and the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In January of 2003, he joined the law firm of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, continuing his same civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice litigation and real estate broker/agent malpractice defense.
Mr. Williams joined the law firm of Price Parkinson & Kerr in January of 2013, where he continues his previous practice with the addition of trademark and commercial litigation. Mark also serves as arbitrator in medical malpractice and personal injury, and real estate disputes.
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Personal Injury Litigation (representing injured persons)
Medical Malpractice Litigation (representing injured persons)
Real Estate Agent & Broker Malpractice Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Trademark and Commercial Litigation
Mediator and Arbitrator- on roster of Neutrals of Utah ADR Services, aka Mediation Services (www.utahadrservices.com)
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ACTIVITIES:
Member, Utah Association of Realtors Real Estate Forms Revision Committee (1998-2010)
Utah Defense Association (Officer 1991-94, President 1994)
AV Rated Attorney MartindaleHubbell®
Member Utah Association for Justice (2007 to present)
Member, Utah State Bar Character & Fitness Committee (2011 to present)
Mentor appointed by Utah Supreme Court under the New Lawyer Training Program (2011).
Presenter on Legal Issues Panel on “Avoiding Lawsuits,” Annual Meeting of Utah Association of Realtors, St. George, Utah, September 13, 2002.
Presenter on Legal Issues Panel on standards of practice and legal issues, Annual Meeting of Utah Association of Realtors, Midway, Utah, September 19, 2008 (transcript published in “Utah Realtor,” Fourth Quarter 2008, pages 27-28).
Presenter on “Deficiency Judgments on Trust Deeds,” Annual Meeting of Utah Association of Realtors, Deer Valley, Utah, August 18, 2011.
Presenter to University of Utah Bennion Center Leadership Retreat on mediation and principles of conflict resolution, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2, 2013.
Long-time runner, road cyclist, aspiring guitar player, and doting Grandfather (Papa) to soon-to-be 3 grandchildren. Married with 3 adult sons.