Attorney Profile

Rob Rice practices in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial litigation and intellectual property law.  He is recognized in Chambers USA in Labor & Employment (Band 2), and maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.  He has been selected for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers (2011-2016) in the category of Employment Litigation: Defense. Rob is also nationally recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment and was recognized by Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law – Management for 2017.  Rob has also been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2004-2017).

Rob’s employment practice focuses exclusively on defending employers in all aspects of employment litigation and advising them on on-going personnel matters.  He also regularly represents clients in complex commercial and intellectual property disputes at all stages of litigation, including proceedings for injunctive relief in state and federal court and in the United Kingdom.

Prior to attending law school, Rob was a newspaper and television reporter in Salt Lake City and now advises clients regarding public relations matters. Rob graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1993 as a William H. Leary Scholar.  In 2015, he was elected by his peers to serve as President-Elect of the Utah State Bar (2015-2016).  Mr. Rice also served as a Utah State Bar Commissioner for two consecutive terms (2011-2015).  Rob currently serves as President of the Utah State Bar.

RECENT CASES

  • Hoffman v. Verizon Wireless, et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114488 (August 13, 2012).  Granted summary judgment in favor of Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client on plaintiff’s claims for violation of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and claim for slander.
  • Franke v. ARUP Laboratories, 2010 WL 3245179 (10th Cir. 2010). Affirmed summary judgment in favor of Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client on plaintiff’s claims for violation of Title VII, ADEA and Fourteenth Amendment due process rights.
  • Patmos Energy, LLC v. SST Energy Corporation, 2:08cv00166 (Utah Dec. 29, 2009). Obtained summary judgment in favor of Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client on Patmos’ $6.4 million claim.  Later, obtained $1.1 million judgment against Patmos.
  • MarMc Transportation, Inc. v. Patmos Energy, LLC, 2009 WL 1066280 (D. Utah 2009). Obtained summary judgment in favor of Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client for all amounts owing under contract, including attorney’s fees.
  • Smith v. Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc., 2008 WL 4850526 (D. Utah 2008). Obtained summary judgment for Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client on plaintiff’s Americans with Disabilities Act and defamation claims.
  • Fullwiley v. Union Pacific Corp., et al., 273 Fed. Appx. 710 (10th Cir. 2008). Affirmed summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s racial harassment claim against Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client.
  • Godwin v. Southwest Research Institute, 2007 WL 1168851 (10th Cir. 2007). Affirmed summary judgment in favor of Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client on plaintiff’s age discrimination and ERISA claims.
  • Keirnan v. Utah Transit Authority, 339 F.3d 1217 (10th Cir. 2003). Affirmed summary judgment in favor of Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s client on claim under Article II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education

University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1993

  • William H. Leary Scholar

Northern Arizona University, B.A., 1986

Admitted to Practice

  • Utah State and Federal Courts
  • Utah Court of Appeals
  • Utah Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Affiliations / Memberships

  • President, Utah State Bar (Current)
  • President-Elect, Utah State Bar (2015-2016)
  • Commissioner, Utah State Bar (2011-2015)
  • Local Rules Committee, Federal District Court for the District of Utah (Current)
  • Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, President (2008-2009)
  • Salt Lake County Bar, President (2007-2008)
  • Utah State Bar Member
  • Ray Quinney & Nebeker Recruiting Committee

Publications / Presentations

  • Presenter, “News from the Hill: Legislative Update,” 2013 Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar
  • Presenter, “Help Me Help You: Jerry Maguire Meets the ADA,” 2013 Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar
  • “Discharge & Documentation,” Lorman Education Services
  • “Basics of Employment Law,” Council on Education in Management
  • “How to Conduct an Internal Investigation,” Council on Education in Management
  • “The American’s with Disabilities Act: Real Facts, Real Solutions,” Ray Quinney & Nebeker
  • “Issues in Privacy, Termination and Record Keeping,” Council on Education in Management
  • “New Court Decisions Answer Your FMLA Questions,” Council on Education in Management
  • “Basic Wage and Hour Law in Utah,” Lorman Education Services
  • “The Best Answers to the FMLA’s Most Frequently Asked Questions,” Council on Education in Management
  • “Overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act,” Council on Education in Management

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