Salt Lake City, UT—Lewis Brisbois has joined forces with local litigation powerhouse Smith & Glauser to open a new office in Salt Lake City, Utah. The former law firm will add ten new attorneys to Lewis Brisbois’ growing roster, bringing over a century and a half of combined experience in personal and civil litigation to the national firm. The new office will be headed up by Co-Managing Partners Richard K. Glauser and Lowell V. Smith.
“We’re excited to be joining a firm with a national profile and one that is recognized for its high standard of excellence,” said Mr. Glauser
The new group joins Lewis Brisbois’ General Liability practice, but will cover the wide array of practices Smith & Glauser previously handled, including insurance defense, coverage disputes, subrogation issues, construction defects, property & casualty claims, corporate business matters, and products liability cases, among others.
“Smith & Glauser has built a strong reputation in Salt Lake City and across Utah,” said Steven R. Lewis, co-managing partner of Lewis Brisbois’ Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s management committee. “Their practice and client base closely parallel the core practices and clients that Lewis Brisbois was founded on. This will give us a strong foundation to grow in Utah. From there, we can work towards building a diverse office that mirrors our national identity and full suite of legal services.”
“Smith & Glauser developed into a wonderful firm over the past 22 years,” said Mr. Smith, “but we saw this as a unique opportunity to serve clients nationally, and have access to some of the brightest minds in the legal community to help complement our local legal talent.”
Located in the suburb of Sandy, the new location brings Lewis Brisbois’ total office count up to 49 across 27 states, and represents the firm’s first location in the Beehive State. It is also the firm’s fifth new office since the start of 2019.
Lowell V. Smith, Co-Managing Partner: Mr. Smith has over 40 years of experience representing some of the nation’s largest insurance carriers and their insureds on a variety of matters. He was named by his peers to Utah Business Magazine’s Utah Legal Elite list from 2006 to 2012, and has been recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer. Mr. Smith was the recipient of 2009 Utah Defense Lawyers Association “Legacy” Award for Defense Lawyer of the Year. A member of the Defense Research Institute and the Utah Defense Lawyers Association, Mr. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Utah.
Richard K. Glauser, Co-Managing Partner: Mr. Glauser has more than 33 years of civil trial work experience focusing on personal injury defense, property and casualty claims, coverage disputes, products liability, construction defects and fires. He has been named by his peers to Utah Business Magazine’s Utah Legal Elite list, and has been recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer. A member of the Defense Research Institute and the Utah Defense Lawyers Association, Mr. Glauser received his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude and his law degree from the University of Utah.
The partners include: Albert W. Gray, Michael W. Wright, Douglas C. Smith, and Jesse A. Frederick, II. The firm’s associates include: Keven S. Gardner, Richard D. Bissell, Clayton H. Rather, and David A. Glauser.
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Lewis Brisbois offers legal practice in more than 40 specialties, and a multitude of sub-specialties. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to our clients’ unique needs. Through interaction among our practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation across multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale.