our team

Strachan, Strachan & Simon is home to a small team of dedicated attorneys with decades of experience.

 

Kevin J. Simon

partner | (435) 772-5072 

Mr. Simon obtained his Bachelor’s degree in History in 1994 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating magna cum laude with membership in two honors societies - Phi Alpha Theta and Pi Gammu Mu. Upon obtaining his undergraduate degree, Mr. Simon scored a 173 (99.4%) on the National Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and gained admission to the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Mr. Simon graduated from Boalt Hall in 1997 with honors in Contracts, Real Property and Antitrust Law and received the prestigious General S.K. Yee Boalt Hall Scholarship from 1994 through 1997.

In twenty (20) years of legal practice, Mr. Simon’s professional experience has been extensive, advising on a wide variety of different substantive areas of law such as the Sherman Antitrust Act, Clayton Act, Lanham Act, Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA), Federal Wiretap Act, Federal RICO Act, and §1983 civil rights actions. Mr. Simon is involved routinely as lead defense counsel in high profile, multimillion dollar litigation in areas including catastrophic personal injury claims, real estate development disputes and complex business litigation at the trial court level and on appeal. His appellate cases, in some instances, have been the subject of law review articles and cited in various federal practice treatises. See e.g. Christy Sports LLC v. Deer Valley Resort Company, 555 F.3d 1188 (10th Cir. 2009)

He has defended many cases to jury verdict as first and/or second chair successfully and, in some instances, as the only attorney for his client. As just one example, Mr. Simon defended a multi-million dollar case through trial for a large corporate client as not only lead counsel, but as the only attorney for his client. Despite almost certain liability against his client and millions of dollars in documented damages, Mr. Simon defended through trial, limiting plaintiff to a $1.00 final judgment. This case was profiled during the Utah Trial Lawyers Association’s (now known as the Utah Association of Justice) Annual Convention. Through the course of trying cases, Mr. Simon has drafted, opposed and/or argued hundreds of motions in limine addressing a wide array of evidentiary issues such as subsequent remedial measures, collateral impeachment, admissibility of prior criminal convictions and prior litigation, various Rule 403 issues, spoliation of evidence, admissibility of habit and character evidence, collateral source/health insurance contractual write-off issues, Daubert expert qualification and opinion issues, Rule 701 lay opinion issues, Erie Doctrine issues, and virtually every conceivable hearsay related issue.

Aside from trial work, Mr. Simon has also obtained summary judgment and the Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of cases on numerous occasions for various clients, implicating many different substantive areas of law such as: federal antitrust issues, enforcement of restrictive covenants, intentional interference with economic relations, breach of contract, various equitable claims, scope of employment/vicarious liability, negligent training, hiring, retention and supervision, gross negligence, negligence per se, punitive damages, pre-injury release/exculpatory agreement issues, no duty issues, innkeeper liability issues, retained control doctrine issues, economic loss doctrine issues, temporary dangerous condition issues, and abnormally dangerous activity/common law strict liability claims. He has also obtained the Rule 12(b)(1) and (2) dismissal of several cases based on lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction and personal jurisdiction respectively, including a recent highly-publicized wrongful death case and has prevailed on dispositive motions before almost every federal district court judge in Utah, including Judges Benson, Campbell, Nuffer, Kimball, and Waddoups in the recent past.

Mr. Simon is also involved in insurance defense litigation and is named “panel counsel” for several large insurers, while also representing plaintiffs in personal injury matters in select instances. These cases often involve matters serious enough to implicate excess coverage, sometimes even multiple layers of excess coverage in many different industries. He represents commercial general contractors, architects, engineers, and has taken a primary role in the defense of nearly every serious injury case involving Utah’s ski resort industry for many years.

Mr. Simon, from time to time, also provides legal representation to several prominent business and sporting figures on a variety of different legal issues and has helped form various 501(c)(3) and (c)(6) not-for-profit corporations in Utah. Some clients include the former Chairman of the Board of Columbia Pictures and former Olympic athletes.

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A. History 1994, magna cum laude
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D. 1997, with honors.

Awards

  • Voted by peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite™ for 2007, 2008 and 2009 as published in Utah Business Magazine
  • Named Mountain States SuperLawyer™, Rising Star, 2009 (only 2.5% of lawyers per jurisdiction (Utah) are named to the Rising Star list)
  • Named Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society peer nominated process - less than 1/2 of 1% of American lawyers are members), 2015-Present
  • Appointed to AM Best’s National List of Recommended Insurance Attorneys for Utah and Wyoming (insurance client nominated process), 2012-2016

Memberships

  • Member, American Mensa
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter, Litigation Section
  • Master of the Bench, Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Appointed, American Heart Association Heart Ball Committee, 2013
  • Appointed Judicial Committee Chairperson, United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, 
  • National Governing Body for the Olympic sports of bobsled and skeleton, 2008-2013
  • Appointed Member, Basin Open Space Advisory Committee (BOSAC), 2011
  • Appointed by Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham as an NTLA Supervising Mentor to new Utah attorneys under Utah’s revised mandatory Continuing Legal Education reporting guidelines, 2010
  • Appointed to the Model Utah Jury Instruction (MUJI) Sub-Committee on the Inherent Risk of Skiing Act, 2012
  • Elected Board Member/Appointed Executive Comm. Member, Park City Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau, 2009-present (Board Chair, 2012-2013)
  • Elected Board Member, Ski Utah, 2009-present
 

Adam Strachan

partner

Adam Strachan’s practice is concentrated on trial and appellate litigation.  Adam has defended nearly every ski resort in Utah in various cases ranging from contract disputes to personal injury claims. 

Adam was lead defense counsel for the Canyons ski resort and obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death case resulting from an in-bounds avalanche that killed one skier and injured two others.  Adam also recovered over $2 million for Park City Mountain Resort in a case against a homeowners association that allegedly failed to perform contractually required structural maintenance on a multilevel parking structure at the base of the ski resort.  In addition to representing ski resorts, Adam has also represented outdoor companies and all types of companies in various business litigation matters.  Adam also donates his time on a pro bono basis to the International Surfing Association which is the nonprofit International Governing Body for the sport of surfing.    

Education

  • University of Southern California (B.A. 1998)
  • University of Utah (J.D. 2002): Executive Editor, Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law

Professional Background

  • Associate: Duane Morris, LLP (formerly Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, LLP) (2003-2006)
  • Judicial Clerkship (2002-2003): Hon. Lawrence J. Block, United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C.
  • Judicial Clerkship (2000): Judges Lee A. Dever and Roger Livingston, 3d District Court of Utah
  • United States Senate Judiciary Committee (1997)

Presentations and Articles

  • Panelist at National Ski Areas Association conference on inbounds avalanche litigation (2014)
  • Regular panelist and speaker at Intermountain Ski Areas Association conferences
  • Regular panelist at National Ski Area Association seminars on ski safety
  • Article: When does a skier become a trespasser? Utah Bar Journal, July/August 2007, Co-author
  • Article: Special Events: Shift the Risk to Promoters & Participants, Ski Area Management Magazine (May, 2006)
  • Law Review Article: Concurrency Laws: Water as a Land Use Regulation, 21 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 435 (2001)
  • Law Review Article: The Ripeness Doctrine in Regulatory Takings Litigation, 22 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 19 (2002), Co-author
  • Trade Publication: Park & Pipe Instructor’s Guide, Professional Ski Instructors of America (2005), contributing author

Civic Activities & Memberships

  • Former Chairman, Park City Planning Commission 2007-2017
  • Former President, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
  • Board Member: Mountain Trails Foundation
  • Member: Utah Bar Association, Park City Bar Association, California Bar Association (inactive) San Francisco Bar Association (inactive), Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
 

M. Alex Natt

of counsel

Matthew Alexander "Alex" Natt serves as Of Counsel to Strachan, Strachan, and Simon, PC and was General Counsel of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the Olympic National Governing Body for skiing and snowboarding. Alex has practiced law in Summit County, Utah since 1997 and has been an invited presenter at the Sports Lawyer’s Association’s annual conference as well as at the United States Olympic Committee’s Legal Best Practices seminar. He is passionate about utilizing his skills and experience in support of his clients' business goals. Alex has been a past director of the Park City Jazz Foundation, Park City's Historic Preservation Board, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Alta Club. He has also served on Summit County's RAP tax granting committee and currently serves on Summit County's Restaurant Tax granting committee.

Alex specializes in drafting and negotiation of sponsorship and licensing agreements, event agreements, prosecution and protection of intellectual property, counseling sports bodies and athletes, and employment law.

Education

  • University of Utah S.J, Quinney College of Law, J.D. 1996
  • University of Vermont, B.A. History and Political Science

Professional Background & Memberships

  • Vice Chair, International Ski Federation (FSI), 2002-Present
  • General Counsel, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, 2014-2018
  • Committee Member, U.S. Olympic Committee, 2012-2017
  • Hearing Officer, FSI Anti-Corruption Panel, 2013-2014
  • Attorney, Jones Waldo Holbrook and McDonough, 2008-2014
  • Legal Counsel, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, 2001-2008
  • Associate, Strachan Strachan & Simon P.C., 1997-2001
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney's Office, 1994-1995
 

Gordon C. Strachan

retired

Gordon Strachan's law practice was concentrated in complex litigation. He successfully defended the Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude Ski Area, Deer Valley Ski Resort, and the Utah Ski Association in antitrust cases. The Attorney General of the State of Utah retained Gordon as special independent counsel to defend the Executive Director of the Department of Corrections in a Section 1983 civil rights case. Gordon successfully represented Park City Municipal Corporation as special litigation counsel in a $16.5 million dollar Fifth Amendment "takings" case concerning the largest piece of undeveloped property in Park City, Utah. He also successfully litigated cases in California, Montana, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and Idaho. He holds the Martindale-Hubble highest rating, "A.V.," as determined by other attorneys in the state of Utah. 

Alpine Meadows of Tahoe, Inc., the former parent corporation of the Park City Ski Area, retained Gordon to defend against a lawsuit filed by the United Park City Mines Company, formerly controlled by New York’s Loeb family interests. Other parties included Deer Valley Resort Company, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York, Atlantic Richfield Co., and Fidelity Bank of Philadelphia. After three years of discovery on the 88 page complaint asserting civil racketeering, breach of lease and contract claims, the trial court granted the motions to dismiss and for summary judgment filed by Gordon. The Utah Supreme Court unanimously affirmed.

Gordon served as General Counsel to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association which is the National Governing Body for the United States skiing and snowboarding teams. Throughout his career. Gordon regularly defended ski resorts in personal injury litigation, including Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Ski Resort, The Canyons, and Snowbird; and served as special counsel to Sun Valley, and litigation counsel to Vail.

Gordon Strachan did legislative work representing the ski industry, telecommunications companies, the Park City School District, Park City Municipal Corporation, and the Park City Chamber of Commerce. Ski industry legislation advanced by Gordon includes Utah's Inherent Risks of Skiing Statute, the Ski Resorts Capital Investment Incentive Act, and various tax code and technical clarifications. He worked with former Governor Jon Huntsman to reform Utah's liquor laws by eliminating private clubs in 2009.

Before forming his own law firm in Park City, Gordon was managing partner of Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler, a 40 lawyer firm in Salt Lake City. Gordon also served as General Counsel to the United States Information Agency and on the White House Staff of President Richard M. Nixon. He began practicing law in 1968 with the Wall Street law firm of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Alexander.

Education

  • University of Southern California (B.A., 1965)
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1968)

Civic Activities & Memberships

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Organizing Committee (2002)
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Utah Athletic Foundation
  • Vice Chairman, Board of Alcohol Beverage Control Commission
  • Park City Municipal Corporation Board of Adjustment
  • Member, Summit County Governance Study Commission
  • Member, Utah Governor Michael Leavitt's Transition Team for the Utah Travel Council,
  • Co-Chairman, Governor Jon Huntsman’s Transition Committee
  • Chairman, Summit County/Park City Economic Development Committee,
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, KPCW (Park City's non -profit community radio station) 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Park City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Board of Directors, Utah Ski Association
  • Chairman, Utah Alcoholism Foundation
  • President, Park City Rotary Club.

Articles

  • Release and Indemnity Agreements: Tips for Avoiding the Legal Hazards of Special Events (NSAA Journal, Oct/Nov 2005, Gordon Strachan)
  • Possible Defense Responses to Plaintiff’s “Experts” (Utah Bar Journal , Volume 17 No.6, Aug/Sept 2004, Gordon Strachan)
  • The Ripeness Doctrine in Regulatory Takings Litigation (Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law, 2002, Gordon C. Strachan, Adam Strachan)
  • The Political Action Disclosure Act (Utah Bar Journal , January, 1989, Volume 2, No. 1, Gordon Strachan and Gary R. Thorup)
  • "Antitrust Issues Facing the Ski Resort Industry: The Company Town Revisited," Vol. 4 Utah Law Review, 1985 (Gordon C. Strachan and James A Boevers)
  • Author: "Justice in Shanghai: A Trial in the People's Republic of China," Vol. 22 Trial No. 1, January, 1986
 

Kristine Strachan

retired

Education

  • University of Southern California (B.F.S., 1965)
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1968) Order of the Coif.

Civic Activities & Memberships

  • Dean, University of San Diego School of Law (1989-97)
  • Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Visiting Professor, University of California at Hastings, School of Law
  • Professor of Law, University of Utah, 1973-1989
  • American Law Institute, Life Member

Books

  • Co-Author: "Evidence: Teaching Materials for An Age of Science and Statutes," Fourth Edition, 1997
  • Co-Author: "Modern Remedies: Cases, Practical Problems and Exercises," 1997. 1989-1997