Attorney Profile

Brit Merrill practices in the firm’s litigation, employment, and immigration law sections.

Brit regularly represents employers against charges of discrimination in federal court, state court, and before administrative agencies. She advises large and small companies on business and employment issues, including compliance with Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). She works with employers in all areas of legal compliance, including reviewing and revising employee handbooks and identifying and conducting employee trainings. In addition to defending, counseling, and training businesses in a range of employment matters, Brit represents clients in matters involving immigration, securities, personal injury, and business and contract disputes.

Brit gained experience as a judicial law clerk to Magistrate Judge Evelyn J. Furse in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. She also worked as a judicial extern to Justice Jill N. Parrish in the Utah Supreme Court and the Honorable Robert J. Shelby in the United States District Court for the District of Utah.

Prior to law school, Brit worked for ten years in the non-profit sector while she earned her Master of Arts in Community Leadership and worked as a community organizer honing her negotiation, communication, and strategy skills.

Brit believes in an individual’s power to make the world a better place and is involved in the community in important ways. She drafted Salt Lake City’s chicken keeping ordinance to make chicken keeping more accessible. And she serves as historian for the Women Lawyers of Utah where she interviews and collects stories of women lawyers and other interesting people to preserve life stories for future generations.

Brit always enjoys the next big challenge, whether she’s playing foot-stomping music with her old-time string band, rowing in the Great Salt Lake, or working on her next travel murder mystery novel as a hobby. Most of all, Brit loves meeting and learning about new people.

Education

S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, J.D., 2016

  • High Honors
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Legal Writing
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Legal Research
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Service

Westminster College, M.A., Community Leadership, 2013

  • Thesis: Human Trafficking and the Criminal Justice System in Utah
  • Student Commencement Speaker

University of Utah, B.S., Gender Studies with a minor in English, 2007

University of Utah, B.S., Environmental Studies, 2007

  • Honors Certificate
  • Service Learning Scholar

Prior Professional Experience

  • Judicial Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Evelyn J. Furse, United States District Court for the District of Utah, 2016–2017

Admitted to Practice

  • Utah State Bar, 2016
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah, 2017
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2018

Affiliations / Memberships

Leadership

  • Fellow, Utah State Bar Leadership Academy, Class of 2017
  • Board, Women Lawyers of Utah, 2015–present
  • Historian Chair, Women Lawyers of Utah, 2016–present
  • Judicial Nominating Committee, Women Lawyers of Utah, 2017–present

Utah State Bar

  • Member, Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Member, Utah Minority Bar Association
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Utah
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Publications / Presentations

  • Women in the Law:  Refreshing our Collective Memories, Brit Merrill and Adrienne Nash, Utah Bar Journal, Nov./Dec. 2017.