Voter Information for the 3rd Division

Candidates for the 3rd Division:

 

 

As attorneys, we carry other people’s problems, in addition to some of our own.  According to the 2011 bar survey, most of us still find time each month to devote several hours to pro bono efforts.  The courtesies we’ve extended to one another in our brief associations, even as adversaries, certainly lighten these burdens.  Thank you for that.

Some of the most rewarding times I’ve enjoyed as a member of the bar have come from serving on the client security fund committee for several years; chairing the franchise section; and attending CLE of bar sections.  I have found time in recent years to teach law for a few weeks in both Ukraine and Poland.  I have been in-house litigation and franchise counsel, and currently have a solo law practice.  I’ve been an officer or board member of several business, professional and charitable organizations, such as the Utah Trial Lawyers Association, Central Louisiana Food Bank, Natchitoches Boys & Girls Club, Natchitoches Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce.  I have served as a chair on elementary and middle school community councils, and as a vice president on a high school parent teacher organization.  I am in line to receive training for the private attorney Guardian ad Litem program.

If elected, you can count on my contributing to the accountability and fiscal responsibility of the bar.  The bar needs to be relevant and responsive to every Utah lawyer in the Third Division.  I am anxious to fulfill assignments, and implement improvements using a common sense approach, to lighten your burden as you practice law.

Dwight Epperson

Bar Commission Third Division Candidate

 

 

 

 

 

 Chrystal Mancuso Smith

CHRYSTAL MANCUSO-SMITH works in the Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Defense, Real Property, Construction Defect, Tax and Debt Collection practice groups at PAMH. The majority of Chrystal’s extensive litigation experience has been focused on Insurance Defense work on behalf of national insurance companies, local guaranty associations and local utility companies, involving both personal injury and construction defect claims. The types of cases handled by Ms. Mancuso-Smith range the entire spectrum from minor property damage or minor physical injury to multi-million dollar claims for traumatic brain injury, electrocution, poisoning and death, to structural damage allegations in multi-unit and multi-building residential condominium structures and commercial buildings. The focus of her practice has been primarily in Utah with some work on behalf of law firms and companies located in other states, including Hawaii, California, Colorado, and Texas.

She has represented clients during interviews before Immigration and Customs Enforcement and at hearings before the U.S. Immigration Court, and has handled all aspects of debt collection and family law practice.  She was also successful in obtaining for an immigration client facing removal, a full and unconditional pardon from Governor Huntsman for a misdemeanor conviction which allowed the client to remain in the United States with his wife, child and extended family.

She was Past-President of the Utah Minority Bar Association and a co-Founder of the Utah Minority Bar Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  

Memberships/Certificates:

  • S.J. Quinney College of Law, Class of 2006
  • Utah State Bar Association’s Governmental Relations Committee (2008)
  • Ex officio Utah State Bar Commissioner (2008 – 2010)
  • Utah Courts’ Diversity Subcommittee (2008 – 2009)
  • Utah Minority Bar Association, President, ‘08 – ’09; Pres. Elect, ‘07- ‘08; Treasurer, ’06 – 07
  • Deception Detection Examiners’ Board (2012 – Present) (as approved by Governor Huntsman)
  • Mandatory CLE Board (2014 – Present)

Publications

  • Patent Troll Legislation – Swinging Too Far?, 2008 Utah Bar J. 2:21 – 26 (Mar/April 2015), co-authored with Brett Johnson and Joseph G. Pia; later adapted for The Computer & Internet Lawyer, October 2015, Volume 32, Number 10, pages 26–30.
  • Comment, Monkeywrenching to Mass Destruction – Eco-sabotage and the American West, Journal of Land, Resources and Environmental Law (2007).

 

 

 

 

 

 Mark W. Pugsley

This year marks the 20th anniversary of my admission to the Utah State Bar.

Over the past twenty years I have benefitted greatly from the services the Bar provides to its members, and so I have decided to seek election as a Bar Commissioner in an effort to contribute to, and help improve, this organization.  I previously served on the Salt Lake County Bar Association’s executive committee and on the Young Lawyers Division’s board, so I am familiar with many of the issues the Bar Commission deals with and will be able to hit the ground running.

I have been practicing at the law firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker for the entirety of my time here in Utah, but before moving here I practiced at a multi-national firm with over 2,000 attorneys, and at a small boutique firm of 10 attorneys, so I am aware of the issues faced by both large and small law firms.  I am interested in working on legislative issues impacting attorneys, and am committed to supporting the judiciary, protecting the integrity of the bar, and equal access to justice.

I would be honored to receive your support.

Biography

Mark Pugsley’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation involving financial products and institutions.  He primarily represents victims of investment fraud and Ponzi schemes, and helps them recover their losses through FINRA arbitration, whistleblower claims and civil litigation on an hourly or contingency-fee basis.  He frequently speaks and writes about affinity fraud and Ponzi schemes and has been retained to act as an expert witness in both civil and criminal securities cases.  He holds active licenses to practice law in Utah and California. 

Mr. Pugsley received graduate degrees from Duke University (JD ‘94, MA ‘94) and his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah (BS ‘91).

 

 

 

 

 

 Michael Stahler

My mentor, a lawyer, inspired me to try and bring out the best in people and to collaborate for mutual success.  In our Bar, we have many examples of such excellence.  During my six years on the Litigation Section Executive Committee, I have been moved by tireless volunteers who promote professionalism.  I have been honored to lead the Section as Chair this past year.  As Commissioner, I want to continue with that same energy.  I want to:

  • Support a judiciary that faces fiscal limitations and is asked to do more with less. This means offering support to train new judges and facilitating better communication between attorneys and the judiciary in the administration of justice;
  • Encourage, lead, and inspire our volunteers to continue to make our Bar a professional community by improving relations between our valued professional Bar staff and sections who deliver programming and value to members;
  • Engage in improving the public perception of our profession by increasing support for access to justice initiatives and encouraging opportunities for members to network with our communities outside of the Bar.

Over the last six years, I have served on many Bar committees and gained an understanding of the many functions of the Bar and how to improve it.  I have also come to know many attorneys—in every employment setting—and have received feedback as to what we should do.  I will be deeply interested in your input and will continue to collaborate for success.

In April, I ask that you vote for me for Third Division Commissioner.