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George Haley

Senior Partner

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

A seasoned litigator, George helps clients in a range of industries resolve their most critical commercial disputes.

He leverages over 40 years of experience to counsel major industry clients in large, complex cases. George has a deep understanding of the commercial obstacles that clients may face in growing and operating their businesses, and helps them defend their interests when matters go to trial. His clients include financial institutions, energy and natural resource developers and distributors, pharmaceutical companies, and telecommunications providers.

George believes in teams. He works closely with colleagues to develop project strategy to ensure that the client obtains favorable results that achieve both their objectives and financial goals.

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Experience

Litigation

George has extensive experience defending challenges commercial clients face, including:

  • Intellectual property
  • Antitrust litigation
  • Bet-the-company cases
  • Insurance disputes
  • Class action defense
Oil and Gas
  • Clean Air Act
  • Oil Pollution Act
  • Toxic Tort Defense
  • Joint Development Agreement Disputes

Client Results

Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict of no cause of action on behalf of a global credit card company in federal court in Cincinnati, Ohio defending a rule change on the encryption of ATM transactions.

  • Defended a global credit card company in a class action resulting from a data breach at a major retailer.

  • Represented 9,000 depositors of five failed industrial banks in a class action against the State of Utah, several major accounting and law firms obtaining settlements totaling $103,000,000.

  • Represented a global credit card company in an antitrust case brought by a credit card processing company.

  • Represented a Utah community bank in recovering $11,000,000 that had been fraudulently wire-transferred from its correspondent account.

  • Acted as lead counsel under a joint defense agreement, representing a large pharmaceutical company. George successfully argued a motion to dismiss in a Fraud and False Claims Act case brought by the State of Utah against 17 pharmaceutical companies. The case was dismissed with prejudice.

  • Obtained a dismissal of a class action brought against a regional telephone service provider by 28 Utah counties. The Utah Supreme Court unanimously upheld the dismissal.

Natural Resources Litigation
  • Represented an independent natural gas and oil exploration and production company in a Clean Air Act enforcement action against midstream assets on an Indian reservation.

  • Acted as co-lead counsel defending a natural gas company against a $500,000,000 claim for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty brought by one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America. After a five-week bench trial, final judgment was entered, dismissing all of plaintiff’s claims, and awarding the client $110,000,000 on its counterclaim. No appeal was taken, and the client obtained its judgment in full.

  • Lead counsel for a major oil company in a Oil Pollution Act jury trial seeking recovery of the cleanup costs of an oil spill from an crude oil pipeline that caused by an electrical arc from an electric utility facility.

  • Lead counsel defending a major oil company in an Oil Pollution Act action brought by home owners for a claim of diminution of the value of property resulting from an oil pipeline spill.

  • Lead counsel defending a major oil company in a toxic tort action by an individual who claimed that his leukemia was caused by being exposed to benzine emanating from a crude oil spill.

Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all the plaintiffs’ claims in a $225,000,000 legal malpractice claim brought by an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Utah Court of Appeals affirmed the order of dismissal.

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Band 1, Senior Statespeople, 2013-2022
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2016-2022
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Energy & Resources, 2007-2016; ADR, 2017-2022
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Lawyers, Energy & Resources, 2012-2015; ADR, 2017-2018, 2020, 2022
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Top 75 Lawyers, Energy & Resources, 2007-2011
  • Salt Lake City Super Lawyers®, Top 25
  • BTI, Client Service All Star, 2011 
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Antitrust – Salt Lake City, 2014, 2018 
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Environmental – Salt Lake City, 2012 
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) – Salt Lake City, 2020, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation – Salt Lake City, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation, 2006-2023; Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), 2011-2023; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2017-2023
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Business Litigation, Arbitrator/Mediator, Civil Litigation
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, Utah Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2003
  • LawDragon, Top 500 Litigators

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member, 2019-present
  • Sons of the American Revolution, Member, 2018-present
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 2013–present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2012-2018; Member, 2005-present
  • Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Member, 2010-present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2005–present
  • Madeleine Choir School, Board of Directors, 2005-2012
  • The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, Member, 2000-present
  • Westminster College, Board of Trustees, 2000-2010
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1999–present
  • Utah Hibernian Society, Member, 1990-present
  • Trout Unlimited, Lifetime Member, 1980-present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1978-present
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society 
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