When Michael joined Skoubye Nielson & Johansen, LLC in 2015, he brought with him fifteen years of experience representing clients in litigation. His areas of emphasis include:
- » Construction defect
- » Premises liability
- » Personal injury
- » Disability law
Prior to joining the firm, Michael, who was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 2000, worked as a law clerk/bailiff in the Utah’s Fourth Judicial District, and handled cases for nearly nine years for the litigation firm of Nelson Chipman. From 2011 to 2015, Michael practiced law at Stucki & Rencher.
He has briefed matters before the Utah Court of Appeals, Utah Supreme Court, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Languages: English, Spanish
Michael graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997, and cum laude from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2000.
Admissions & Associations
Michael is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Utah, the United States District Court for Utah, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. He is an active member of the Salt Lake County Bar Association and has participated in the Health Law section of the Utah State Bar, Utah Defense Lawyers Association, and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.
- » Represented individual homeowners in action by city, county, and developer to declare their private drive a public road; successfully established that the road had never been opened for public use after granting of a public right-of-way under the 19th-century deed despite current platting as a county road.
- » Represented medical provider with missing chart note leading patient to claim that informed consent had never been given; established that proper consent had been obtained as a matter of law and that opinions of patient’s experts on medical standard of care were inconsistent with the medical literature leading to voluntary dismissal by patient at trial.
- » Represented local businesses against motor vehicle and premises liability personal injury claims in excess of a million dollars through successful resolution.
- » Represented social worker accused of ethical violations and malpractice and achieved successful vindication of both the social worker and her professional practices.
Articles By Michael
When You and a Neighbor Disagree on Property Boundaries
Understanding Civil Litigation: How a Lawsuit Goes to Trial
Informed Consent: Protection for Both Patient and Practitioner
The Subpoenaed Social Worker: Protecting Privacy and Avoiding Liability
Navigating Utah’s Prelitigation Process for Medical Malpractice Claims
Keep Out: Minimizing Liability for Non-Public Business Locations
Richard C. Watkins, Utah’s Community Architect. 2017. Researched historical government and periodical records to determine which historic buildings in the intermountain west were designed by the architectural firms of Richard C. Watkins, Watkins & Birch, and Headlund & Watkins.