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Mr. Simonsen is an experienced litigator specializing in the areas of construction, real estate, land use, and commercial disputes. He has written numerous articles on construction law, arbitration and mediation, and land development including:
Prior to founding Fetzer Simonsen Booth & Jenkins in April 2002, Mr. Simonsen was a board member and shareholder of one of Utah’s largest law firms. Mr. Simonsen is a past Chairman of the Construction Law Section of the Utah State Bar. He has served for many years on the Federal Court Mediation Panel specializing in construction cases, including construction defects, surety and insurance coverage. Mr. Simonsen has mediated or arbitrated (as participant or neutral) more than 100 construction or land use cases during his career. He has also acted as counsel in some of Utah’s most well-known and precedent-setting construction and land use cases including: Tholen v. Sandy City, 849 P.2d 562 (Utah App. 1993), acted as lead counsel for Sandy City and Sandy City Special Improvement District in challenge to Special Improvement District Assessments; Hugoe v. Woods Cross City, 988 P.2d 456 (Utah App. 1999), represented a trucking firm in important land use, zoning case; American Towers Owners Association v. CCI, 930 P.2d 1182 (Utah 1996), precedent setting construction/contract case; Donner Crest Condo Homeowners Ass’n v. Salt Lake City; 2005 UT App 163 (Utah 2005), Land Use Zoning Case. Mr. Simonsen served as Chairman of the West Jordan Planning Commission and as Vice President of Utah Transit Authority’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. Simonsen graduated from the University of Utah in 1982 (magna cum laude) and from the University of Utah School of Law in 1985, ranked 16th in his class. During law school, Mr. Simonsen was a member of the University of Utah Law Review and received the William Dewsnep Law Scholarship and was a William H. Leary Law Scholar. Since law school Mr. Simonsen has furthered his legal education teaching numerous courses on Construction Law, Government Contracting, Land Development and Alternate Dispute Resolution. For many years Mr. Simonsen was a member of the Forum for the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association. Mr. Simonsen has been a member of the Construction Law Section of the Utah Bar Association for more than 20 years. Super Lawyers Magazine and Rating Service rates Mr. Simonsen as a “Super Lawyer” in his area of practice.
Mr. Simonsen is a past Chairman of the Construction Law Section of the Utah State Bar, past Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Transit Authority, and past Chairman of the West Jordan City Planning Commission.
Mr. Simonsen was recently named to the 2015 and 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers.