Stephanie Wilkins Pugsley, Esq.
Stephanie helps companies resolve their complex problems, hopefully before they become disputes, whether through formal litigation or more informal negotiation and mediation. She maintains a traditional litigation practice when litigation is the best option to help her clients achieve their goals. When litigation may be avoided or may come to an early resolution, Stephanie’s specialties include analyzing complex situations and developing successful contract/conflict negotiation strategies. Her true passion is developing successful negotiation strategies that build trust, gain commitment, and manage opposition for lasting agreements and contractual disputes. One should never underestimate the power of emotional energy and how it influences the negotiation process. Stephanie is as comfortable in a courtroom as she is sitting across a table, strategically maneuvering/eliminating difficult and negative behaviors to keep a negotiation moving forward.
Stephanie’s training at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, lends to her ability to help individuals resolve conflicts in ways that are satisfying and beneficial to all involved.
Stephanie is Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie. Although she considers herself solely a litigator, her experience advising clients on the formation of contracts and decisions that may invariably lead to a dispute in the future, give her a well-rounded insight into the business and risk management decisions facing companies each day. Her professional experience includes:
Commercial Litigation: construction defect matters, commercial property, lease, purchase, real estate disputes, commercial contracts (interference, breach, performance, collection, misrepresentation, fraud, partnership disputes), working with federal bankruptcy receivers, and other matters.
Corporate: contract drafting and review, negotiations, business decisions, risk management, advising and crafting document retention policies, advising clients about electronic discovery compliance prior to and during litigation.
Stephanie graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, which honored her as the Young Alumna of the Year in 2008. In law school she was an Articles Editor for the Utah Law Review and honored as the Revea Beck Bosone Legal Writing Scholar. She clerked for the Hon. Dale A. Kimball, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Stephanie has been recognized as a civil litigator as an Up and Coming attorney, as listed in Utah Business Magazine (2008-12), a Rising Star Under 40 and a Rising Star, as listed in Superlawyers (2008-12), and named Legal Elite (2006-11) by Utah Business Magazine.
Stephanie is very involved in the legal community. Stephanie was elected by her peers to serve as the president of the largest section of the Utah State Bar, the Young Lawyers Division in 2006. During her tenure, several successful programs were launched under her leadership and direct supervision, including the Wills for Heroes program. The section was awarded Section of the Year by the Utah State Bar, and several ABA YLD Awards of Achievement. Currently, she serves on the Utah Supreme Courts Advisory Committee on New Lawyer Training, Utah State Bar Mentor Training and Resource Committee, And Justice for All Leadership Committee, Women Lawyers of Utah executive board, serves as the Wills for Heroes Foundation liaison for Utah, and has been active in the Sherman I. Christensen Inns of Court. She is a former ex officio member of the Bar Commission.
Stephanie is a member of American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section), Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, Utah State Bar (ADR Section, Construction Section, Litigation Section), J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Construction Law Section, Litigation Section).
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