Attorney Profiles (continued)

Douglas C. Smith

Practice Areas: Business Law, Tax Law, Corporate Law, Insurance, Insurance Defense, Insurance Litigation, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Construction Defect Law

douglas smithDouglas C. Smith is an attorney with Smith & Glauser. Doug represents clients from publicly traded corporations to small, private start-up companies and individuals involving tax planning and litigation matters. He has also represents clients in other business matters, including organizational and governance issues, contracts and other agreements (such as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures), financing and loan issues, employment issues, and general counsel representation. His extensive experience also includes all aspects of insurance defense litigation.

Born Salt Lake City, Utah, 1978 – admitted to Utah State Bar, 2005; U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2005, Tax Court, 2009. EDUCATION: The University of Utah, B.A., Economics, 2002; J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D., 2005, (cum laude); New York University School of Law, LL.M. Taxation, 2009. MEMBER: Utah Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI) and Utah Defense Lawyers Association (UDLA). LANGUAGES: Portuguese.

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Jesse A. Frederick, II

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice Defense, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, General Litigation

Jesse FrederickJesse A. Frederick is an associate with Smith & Glauser. Born Salt Lake City, Utah, 1979 – admitted to Utah State Bar, 2009; U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2009; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2013. EDUCATION: Westminster College (B.S., Biology, Chemistry minor, cum laude, 2002); Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, Phi Mu Chapter, inducted 2001; Dean’s List, 2000-2002; University of Utah, Medical Technologist Program (2004); Certified Medical Technologist in Microbiology by American Society of Clinical Pathology; Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009); Associate Editor, Gonzaga Law Review, 2007-2008; CALI Award; Linden Cup Appellate Advocacy Competition, Semi-Finalist; MEMBER: Utah Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI) and Utah Defense Lawyers Association (UDLA). Recent Appellate Court Cases include: Garver v. Rosenburg, 2014 UT 42, 347 P.3d 380; Adams v. Davis County, 30 F. Supp. 3d 1267 (D. Utah 2014).

Jesse's background includes education and training in biology, microbiology, and chemistry. Prior to law school, he worked in the health care field, including diagnostic and research laboratories. During law school, Jesse clerked for the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Connor of the Spokane County Superior Court.

Jesse has been listed as a member of Utah's Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine.

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Kevin S. Gardner

Practice Areas: Construction Defect Defense, Personal Injury Defense, Insurance Defense, Subrogation

Kevin GardnerKevin S. Gardner is an associate with Smith & Glauser. Born Provo, Utah, 1956 – admitted to State Bar of California, 1988; Utah State Bar, 1993; U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1993, U.S. District Court District of Utah, 2003. EDUCATION: Snow College, Brigham Young University (B.A. English, 1982), Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 1985). MEMBER: Utah State Bar, State Bar of California, Utah Defense Lawyers Association (UDLA), Defense Research Institute (DRI), Utah Dispute Resolution (Mediator).
LANGUAGES: Spanish.


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Richard D. Bissell

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense, Construction Defect

Richard BissellRichard D. Bissell is an associate with Smith & Glauser. Born Sumter, South Carolina, 1968 – admitted to the Kentucky State Bar, 1999; Utah State Bar, 2004; Colorado State Bar, 2008; U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2004; U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th and 10th Circuits. EDUCATION: University of Cincinnati (B.B.A., 1992); University of Kentucky (J.D., 1998). MEMBER: Utah State Bar, Kentucky Bar Association, Colorado Bar, Utah Defense Lawyers Association (UDLA), Defense Research Institute (DRI). MILITARY SERVICE: United States Army National Guard, Combat Engineer, 1986-1992.


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Adam D. Wentz

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense, Commercial Litigation, Family Law

Adam D. WentzAdam D. Wentz is an associate with Smith & Glauser. Born Seattle, Washington, 1980 – admitted to Utah State Bar, 2009; U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2009. EDUCATION: Brigham Young University (B.A. History, 2006); University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 2009). MEMBER: University of Utah Law Review, Articles Editor (2008-2009); American Bar Association; Board Member, University of Utah Young Alumni Association (2009-2014); Utah State Bar, Utah Defense Lawyers Association (UDLA), Defense Research Institute (DRI).
Recent Appellate Court Cases include: Kielkowski v. Kielkowski, 2015 UT App 59, 346 P.3d 690; United States of America v. Windsor, Nos. 12-144 & 12-307, 133 S.Ct. 2675 (2013).

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Clayton H. Rather

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury

Clayton H. RatherClayton H. Rather is an associate with Smith & Glauser. Born Salt Lake City, Utah, 1982 – admitted to Utah State Bar, 2013; Hawaii State Bar, 2014; U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2015. EDUCATION: Utah Valley University (B.A. English, Golden Key, Dean’s List, 2010); University of Utah College of Law (J.D.,CALI Award, Poverty Law, 2013); University of Utah (M.B.A., 2017). MEMBER: Utah State Bar, Hawaii State Bar, Utah Defense Lawyers Association (UDLA).
LANGUAGES: Tagalog.


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David A. Glauser

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense, Legislative Lobbying, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, Business Law

David GlauserDavid A. Glauser is an associate with Smith & Glauser. Born Salt Lake City, Utah, 1988 – admitted to Utah State Bar, 2017; U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2017. EDUCATION: University of Utah (B.A. Economics with Honors, 2017); Brigham Young University College of Law (J.D., 2017). MEMBER: Utah State Bar, Utah Defense Lawyers Association (UDLA), Defense Research Institute, Moot Court Team. Licensed Real Estate Agent and registered Lobbyist.


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