Rob Rice practices in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial litigation and intellectual property law. Rob has been recognized in Chambers USA in Labor & Employment, and he is nationally recognized as among The Best Lawyers in America and by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” in the category of Labor and Employment. He maintains an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.
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.
Rob’s clients include companies in Utah and from across the country in the finance, software, transportation, home improvement, direct marketing, timeshare, hotel management, waste management, nutrition, healthcare and other industries. He also advises professional employer organizations in human resources, wage and hour, benefits and other issues.
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. He continues to teach employment law at the University of Utah. In 2011, Rob's peers elected him to serve a Commissioner to the Utah State Bar.
Franke v. ARUP Laboratories, 2009 WL 4061412 (D. Utah 2009) — Granting summary judgment on all of Plaintiff''s claims for violation of ADEA, Title VII and the 14th Amendment for my client, ARUP Laboratories. This case is significant because it strengthens view that there is a high standard for defeating at-will showing for perceived public employer.
Patmos Energy, LLC v. SST Energy Corporation, No. 2:08-CV-00166 (D. Utah Dec. 29, 2009). — Granting summary judgment to my client, SST Energy, on Patmos'' $6 million claim for negligence, breach of contract, breach of implied warranty. This case is significant because it established strength of exceptionally broad waiver langauge contained in International Association of Drilling Contractors form drilling contract.