Michael F. Skolnick is an AV peer review rated attorney. His practice emphasizes professional malpractice defense, commercial litigation, product liability law, personal injury law and general civil litigation. Mr. Skolnick has been consistently named by his peers as one of the top business litigation attorneys in the state of Utah, in annual surveys published in Utah Business magazine. He is also regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Mountain States Super Lawyers. Representative clients generally include: attorneys, accountants, real estate agents and brokers, insurance agents and agencies, architects, plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and product liability actions and a variety of other litigation and business clients. From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Skolnick served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah. He joined Kipp and Christian in 1988 and became a shareholder in 1992.
Rockwood Select Asset Fund XI (6)-1, LLC v. Devine Millimet & Branch, 750 F.3d 1178 (10th Cir. 2014) — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed dismissal of a Utah resident's suit against a New Hampshire law firm for lack of personal jurisdiction. The decision both confirms and clarifies existing 10th Circuit law regarding when an in-state resident may assert personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state law firm that has provided legal services which arguably impact the resident.
Asael Farr & Sons Co. v. Truck Insurance Exchange, 193 P.3d 650 (Utah App. 2008) — In Asael Farr, the Utah Court of Appeals held an insurance agent's duty to procure a policy that is satisfactory to an insured is limited by the information provided by the client, unless the client specifically instructs the agents to obtain essential facts necessary for the client to make an informed decision.
Harline v. Barker, 912 P.2d 433 (Utah 1996) — In Harline, the Utah Supreme Court clarified the elements of a legal malpractice action under Utah law, with particular emphasis on the elements necessary to establish proximate cause.