Gary E. Doctorman - Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC

Gary E. Doctorman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 801-536-6780

Gary Doctorman is a shareholder in the Real Estate, Banking and Finance department and the Litigation department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of transactions and litigation in real estate, banking, equipment leasing, commercial law, corporations and bankruptcy. Gary began his legal career with Biele, Haslam & Hatch, where he was a shareholder and director until he joined Parsons Behle & Latimer in June 1989. He represents creditors, developers, and national and local banks in large transactions and commercial litigation. Examples of transactions include a $45 million financing of the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort; $15 million financing and securitization of a public company's hospital equipment leasing business; a $12 million financing of all of the print and advertising for a worldwide release of a full feature motion picture and letter of credit enhancements to bond transactions. He represented 12 national and local banks as a group defending $1.5 billion in claims made by 10 credit unions and obtained a dismissal. He also successfully represented a bank with $12 million in fraud losses and litigated many UCC Article 3, 4 and 9 cases. Representing a national lender, obtained summary judgment with a dismissal of five lender liability claims and obtaining summary judgment for $44 million on a guaranty claim. Obtained a conversion from a Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7, over the objection of all other creditors, the Unsecured Creditors' Committee and the debtor, and obtained relief from the stay to foreclose a $45 million loan secured by a large residential subdivision. Representative clients include JPMorgan Chase N.A., KeyBank, First Utah Bank, Pacific Western Bank and FDIC.

Related Activities and Skills:

  • Listed in the Best Lawyers of America, Banking Law
  • Maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Listed in Utah Legal Elite 
  • Utah State Bar Association, Banking and Finance Section, Chairman, 2006
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Utah State Bar: Banking and Finance Section, Past Chair; Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2007-2008, 1985-87; Fee Arbitration Committee, 1989-96; Chairman, 1992-96; Real Estate Section
  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section and Corporate Section
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Board of Directors, 1988-1989
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Salt Lake City, President 1979-85
  • Neighborhood Housing of Salt Lake, Pro Bono Attorney
  • "Big Legacy" Awarded by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Utah, 2008
  • United Jewish Appeal, President, 1996-1998
  • Board Member Anti Defamation League, Pacific Region
Areas of Practice:
Litigation & Appeals
Real Estate Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Banking & Finance Law
Banking Litigation
Bankruptcy Litigation
Workouts & Restructuring
Bar Admissions:
U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1983
U.S. District Court District of Utah, 1979
Utah, 1979
Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon, 1979
J.D. degree

University of Utah, 1976
B.A. degree
Honors: Cum Laude
Major:  Finance and Economics

University of UtahBS 1976Lewis & Clark CollegeJ.D. 1979

Case History

Large Utah Builder — Represented lead bank for 17 participants to work out a loan to one of Utah''s oldest and biggest home builders.
50 West Broadway — Represented seller to sell a downtown office tower.
Bear Creek Foods — Represent a national lender to workout a loan to one of Utah''''s largest manufacturers.
Triad center — Represented a national lender to finance one of Utah''s largest office complexes
Snowbiird Ski and Summer Resort. — Represented national lender to finance the this premeier internationaly known ski resort.

Client Comments

"We retained Mr. Doctorman to handle a Utah distressed commercial real estate transaction and related guaranty litigation. Mr. Doctorman managed the case well and obtained a great ruling after battling heavily contested litigation. In my opinion, Mr. Doctorman is well-versed and experienced with all facets and variables of this type of litigation and has a broad base of professional contacts. Over the past year managing this case, Mr. Doctorman has been extremely communicative, timely and always handled situations no matter how adverse with pure professionalism. He obtained favorable results and utilized his accomplished staff accordingly. To date, we have been extremely pleased with Mr. Doctorman's work and we would recommend him to others for similar work."

-Adam Harding
Vice President - Special Assets

"Mr. Doctorman is an outstanding attorney. He has represented our institution for many years. He has been very responsive to our legal needs, has given us timely, appropriate legal advice. He has a high level of legal expertise and experience. He is personable, articulate, and a skilled negotiator. We have been very satisfied with his performance in attending to our legal needs."

"Gary Doctorman has represented First Utah Bank with distinction for over a decade. He has great expertise in commercial law, a quick mind, a firm, but non-adversarial negotiation style that facilitates settlement of disputes, and tremendous experience in the fine details of bank law. His advice has been extremely valuable as legal counsel to the Board of the Bank as well as representing the bank in various issues relating to loan disputes, contract enforcement and real estate law. In addition, Gary has a very pleasant personality, is very communicative, timely, and is quite accessible. In the rare instance where litigation has been necessary, the bank has prevailed. I give Gary my highest recommendation."

"In several transactions we find Mr. Doctorman to be a very competent attorney and counselor. His level of experience with the issues at hand was very satisfactory. He is very easy (even pleasant) to work with and is always dependable in his response time. He often proves invaluable in clarifying communications between multiple parties. He is particularly good in concluding each matter in a professional manner, never leaving loose ends which sometimes create future problems. Mr. Doctorman would again be our choice for representation should a similar circumstance arise."

-Howard Smith
Chief Credit Officer
Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust

Office Location

201 South Main Street, Suite 1800
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Salt Lake City Metro Area
Gary E. Doctorman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy