Expertise: Commercial Litigation, Antitrust and Trade Regulations, Intellectual Property Litigation
Licenses: California, Utah, USPTO
Education: Vanderbilt University Law School
Mr. Pehrson is a member of the litigation group specializing in intellectual property and corporate governance. He directs various types of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on intellectual property disputes, including patent and trademark infringement, as well as securities and antitrust litigation. Mr. Pehrson is a registered patent attorney with litigation experience in multiple venues, including federal courts in New York, Texas, Colorado, Georgia, California and Utah. In patent disputes, he finds his language training (M.A., rhetoric) to be as useful as his scientific training (M.S., chemistry) in distilling complex scientific material into coherent information sets to be consumed by nonspecialist judges and juries.
Each year since 2013, Mr. Pehrson has been named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property Litigation. He has been selected by his peers as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in business litigation by Utah Business magazine in 2020 and 2021.
Mr. Pehrson also has dispute resolution experience in non-litigation forums, including mediating IP disputes at JAMS, arbitrating financial disputes through FINRA, and handling administrative actions in front of the SEC and the Utah Division of Securities. In these efforts, Mr. Pehrson has worked on behalf of numerous national and local companies, within the technology and financial sectors, including Cisco Systems, Elpida Memory, Michaels Stores, Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake, Brigham Young University, Alucent Medical, the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, and former officers, directors, and brokers of Lehman Brothers, Inc.
Mr. Pehrson maintains an active interest in education, pro bono legal practice, and civic involvement. Finding advocacy and teaching closely related, Mr. Pehrson enjoys his role as an adjunct professor in the MBA programs at Westminster College and Weber State University, where he has designed and taught courses on corporate governance, intellectual property, and contracts. As part of an active pro bono docket, Mr. Pehrson has represented residential tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings, aided minors facing deportation proceedings, defended private individuals wrongly accused of copyright infringement, and assisted an elderly immigrant barber fight off claims unfortunately lodged against him after volunteering up garage space for a neighbor’s start-up business.
He has coached high school students participating in the Constitutional Rights
Foundation Mock Trial Program, mentored engineering students enrolled in technology entrepreneurship courses at Stanford University, and also taught through Utah’s “Constitution Day” civics education program.
From 2008 through 2012, Mr. Pehrson was a co-founder and Board Member of Playoff PAC, a federal political action committee dedicated to ethical and competitive reform within college football. During his tenure, the PAC found success after filing 13 legal complaints and 213 public records requests. Presently, Mr. Pehrson is the volunteer coach of his local elementary school’s chess club team, where he tries hard to teach kids that becoming and remaining a nerd is the most prudent long-term life strategy.
Prior to joining KBA, Mr. Pehrson was a shareholder at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Palo Alto, CA, and a law clerk to United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Pehrson also worked as a law clerk with Debevoise & Plimpton in
Washington, D.C. and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, GA.
For many years, Mr. Pehrson owned and managed a small landscaping business. Mr. Pehrson earned an honors degree from the University of Utah, where he received assistance from National Merit and University Presidential scholarships and worked in the office of former President Bernard J. Machen. Mr. Pehrson also earned an MA in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Chemistry from Lehigh University. While completing his law degree at Vanderbilt University Law School, Mr. Pehrson was voted by his peers as “Outstanding Third-Year Editor” of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Mr. Pehrson and his wife are the parents of five children.
HONORS & EDUCATION
- J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
- M.S., Lehigh University
- M.A., Carnegie Mellon University
- H.B.A. University of Utah
- 2020-2021 Utah Legal Elite, Utah Business Magazine
- 2013-2021 Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
HISTORY & EXPERIENCE
- Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
- Judicial Clerkship, The Honorable Kim R. Gibson, Western District of Pennsylvania
- Debevoise & Plimpton
- U.S. Attorney’s Office, Atlanta, GA
ADMISSIONS & PRACTICE
- California Bar
- Utah Bar
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Central District of California
- Northern District of California
- Southern District of California
- District of Colorado
- Southern District of New York
- District of Utah
- Western District of Washington
- District of Nevada
- Georgia State Court
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & ACTIVITIES
- American Chemistry Society
- Federal Bar Association
- Adjunct Professor, Westminster College
- Adjunct Professor, Weber State University
Publications and Speaking Engagements:
- Pragmatic Thoughts on Litigation and Your Business, Utah Business Law for Entrepreneurs and Managers (2016)
- Chemical Patent Litigation, University of Utah Chemistry Department
- Tax Liability of College Football’s Bowl Entities, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Sports Law Conference
- What Every Businessperson Must Know About Intellectual Property
Law, Westminster College-Gore School of Business