March 2, 2015Press Release

Four Michael Best Attorneys Named 2015 Utah Legal Elite

SALT LAKE CITY (March 2, 2015) – David A. Krutz, Managing Partner of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, proudly announces that four Michael Best attorneys have been chosen as Utah Business magazine’s 2015 Utah Legal Elite™, a select group of lawyers practicing in Utah. Legal Elite honorees are selected by their peers in a statewide balloting process. The following Michael Best attorneys have been recognized as top Utah lawyers:


Practice Area

Richard F. Ensor

Civil Litigation

Melinda A. Morgan

Civil Litigation

Lisa R. Petersen

Labor and Employment

Evan S. Strassberg

Civil Litigation

Rick Ensor is a partner, trial attorney and civil litigator in the Firm’s Litigation Group. He has been the lead trial attorney on a variety of complex cases, providing him a complete understanding of the mediation, arbitration, litigation and appellate process. His practice predominantly focuses on securities cases, lease/contract disputes, construction disputes and trade secret cases.

Melinda Morgan is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group. She practices complex civil and commercial litigation, concentrating on product liability, toxic tort and asbestos litigation, including the defense of product manufacturers.

Lisa Petersen is a partner in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group and has more than 15 years of experience. She focuses her practice on all types of civil and commercial litigation, the representation of parties in employment disputes, drafting employment contracts, policies and procedures, and appeals of both civil litigation and administrative proceedings.

Evan Strassberg is a partner and civil litigator with a strong background in serving dietary supplement companies among other businesses. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of litigation matters including defense of consumer class actions and disputes regarding trademarks, breach of contract, fraud, securities, employment discrimination, eminent domain and personal injury.

Michael Best established its Salt Lake City office on January 1, 2014. Since opening the office with eight attorneys acquired from a highly respected regional practice, it has now grown to 14 attorneys.

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