Mr. Thaler has been practicing law at Ray Quinney & Nebeker for more than 22 years since receiving both his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. He is a shareholder and director of the firm. His practice includes complex commercial litigation, general litigation, federal and state employment litigation, appellate litigation, trade secret litigation, tort and contract claims, administrative agency practice, tax controversies, and consultation with companies on a wide variety of business and employee issues. He has significant experience representing large manufacturers, airlines, mining concerns, oil companies, national retail and hotel chains, winter sports related companies, and businesses nationwide in a number of other industries.
As the longest currently-serving member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Mr. Thaler oversees and manages all aspects of the firm’s business. He also currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Winter Sports Practice Group and Vice Chair of the firm’s Employment Section. Previously, Mr. Thaler served a four-year term as Marketing Partner and Chair of the firm’s Business Development Committee, and was one of three members of the firm’s Associate Committee responsible for the supervision and professional development of the firm’s associate attorneys.
Mr. Thaler consistently receives excellent ratings in numerous peer reviews. He maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics. In addition, he is voted by his peers as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2005-2016), and is listed among the top 5% of lawyers by Mountain States Super Lawyers, another peer reviewed process. Mr. Thaler has been recognized in Chambers USA in Labor & Employment. Clients and lawyers surveyed by Chambers USA report that Mr. Thaler is an “uncanny judge of character with an excellent ability for exacting the truth from people,” that “his knowledge of employment and labor issues is encyclopedic,” and praise his writing as “keen and concise.” He is also one of only five attorneys in the State inducted into the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys (a group focused on defending ski resorts).
Mr. Thaler served two four-year terms on the Advisory Council for the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division, which advises the Labor Commission and the Utah Legislature regarding labor and employment issues. Currently he is on the board of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, a public/private partnership that works with state and local government and private industry to attract and grow competitive, high-value companies and spur the development and expansion of Utah business.
- Successfully defended Alta Ski Area against constitutional claims (based on federal land use) seeking to force it to abandon its successful skiing-only business model and allow snowboarding
- Prevailed in Labor Arbitration on contract interpretation issue valued at approximately $10 million
- Obtained emergency protective order regarding trade secrets valued at $10 million
- Obtained directed verdict at trial in age discrimination (ADEA) and retaliation case for defendant/employer
- Obtained settlement valued at $20 million for corporate client in tax case
- Obtained settlement valued at $30 million for corporate client in commercial contracting case
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of corporate defendant in Consumer Sales Practices Act case brought by 130 plaintiffs
- Obtained dismissal of corporate defendants in propane explosion case
- Obtained favorable settlement for defendant/employer in federal Fair Labor Standards Act case with 66 plaintiffs
- Obtained favorable settlement for defendant /employer in fair employment and housing and wage case with 35 plaintiffs