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CHAIRMANNathan D. Thomas

Salt Lake City Office
nthomas@joneswaldo.com
801-534-7377
Overview

Over the course of his career, Nathan has had the good fortune to be involved in substantial litigation, representing individuals, privately owned businesses, and publicly traded companies in a number of different industries. He prides himself on learning his client’s businesses and understanding their concerns in order to find a practical and efficient resolution, whether by negotiation, litigation, or otherwise.  He views litigation as one tool by which parties may help themselves move forward and achieve their goals but also recognizes it is not always the right solution.

Nathan is an experienced civil litigator helping his clients navigate the legal system and helping them move forward. His litigation experience includes representation of clients in all types of intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets. He is an experienced antitrust and competitive issues lawyer providing regular advice on the enforcement and defense of non-competition and non-solicitation provisions. He has litigated numerous complex business disputes, creditors’ rights issues, securities issues, and fraud.  Additionally, he has served as trial counsel in cases involving complex land use, water, and constitutional issues. Nathan applies this broad-based litigation experience to further advise clients on appropriate management of electronic discovery issues as well as the implementation of policies in preparation for litigation.

In addition to his litigation practice, Nathan is also a practiced employer-side labor lawyer with experience in collective bargaining, grievances, defense of unfair labor practice charges, and related proceedings. He has become a trusted advisor on employer-union relations for private companies, non-profit arts organizations, and municipalities.

Over the years, Nathan has been fortunate to represent both foreign and domestic companies as well as individuals and non-profit organizations. His clients include numerous businesses in medical device, real estate development, outdoor sports, medical staffing, biotech, and many other industries.  He is keenly aware that each client has different needs and different objectives. He tailors his advice and his representation to the needs of each particular client considering the unique facts with which he is presented in each new matter.

Nathan speaks, reads, and writes French. He also speaks passable Mandarin Chinese.

Career

Clerkship, Honorable Tena Campbell, United States District Court, District of Utah

Litigation Associate, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, L.P., San Diego

Nate worked for two years in the People’s Republic of China as a teacher and corporate trainer for Chinese employees of multinational companies in Shanghai.

Education and Admissions

Education

  • Class of 2013, Salt Lake Chamber Leadership Utah
  • University of San Diego, J.D., 2004; Editor in Chief, The San Diego International Law Journal
  • University of Exeter, England
  • Kenyon College, Ohio, B.A., 1999

Bar Admittance

2004, California
2008, Utah

Awards
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011-2012
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer 2013-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation, 2015-2019
  • Utah Business magazine, Legal Elite, 2013-2015, 2017-2018
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