Expertise: Commercial Litigation, Antitrust and Trade Regulations, Intellectual Property Litigation
Licenses: California, Utah, USPTO
Education: Vanderbilt University Law School (JD), Carnegie Mellon University (MA Rhetoric), Lehigh University (MA Chemistry), University of Utah (Honors)
Mr. Pehrson is a member of KB&A’s litigation group specializing in intellectual property and corporate governance disputes. He directs various types of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on intellectual property, including patent and trademark infringement, as well as securities and antitrust litigation. Mr. Pehrson is a registered patent attorney with litigation experience in venues across the country, including federal courts in Delaware, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Georgia, California, New York, Virginia, Washington, 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 organized information sets for non-specialist judges and juries. Mr. Pehrson also enjoys handling administrative actions in front of the SEC, Utah Division of Securities of other government agencies.
In his practice, Mr. Pehrson handles disputes for large and small companies within the technology and financial sectors, including Cisco Systems, CoolIT Systems, Elpida Memory, Intel Corp., Standard BioTools, Michaels Stores, Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake, Brigham Young University, Scripps Research Institute, Sony Mobile Communications, Alucent BioMedical, the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, and former officers and directors of Lehman Brothers, Inc.
Mr. Pehrson believes in Abraham Lincoln, and that nearly every dispute ought to take a shot at early resolution. He has enough work and does not want your dispute to continue past tomorrow, if at all possible. He nearly always proposes that parties explore the possibilities of resolution through early and ongoing mediation, and often recommends entering into express post-dispute-initiation med-arb or arbitration agreements.
Each year since 2013, Mr. Pehrson has been named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property Litigation. His peers have nominated him as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in business litigation each year since 2020.
Mr. Pehrson maintains an active interest in education, pro bono legal practice, and civic involvement. He finds expertise, advocacy and teaching closely related. Since 2015, he has been an adjunct professor in the MBA programs at Westminster College and Weber State University, where he designs and teaches courses on corporate governance, intellectual property, and contract disputes. He has coached high school students participating in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Program, and mentored engineering students enrolled in technology entrepreneurship courses at Stanford, BYU, and other universities.
Mr. Pehrson believes in maintaining an active pro bono docket. He has defended residential tenants from improper unlawful detainer proceedings, aided minors facing deportation proceedings, defended private individuals wrongly accused of copyright infringement, and assisted an elderly immigrant barber fight off frivolous claims filed against him after volunteering up garage space for a neighbor’s start-up business. In 2022, Mr. Pehrson and the KB&A team successfully obtained discretionary relief from the Department of Justice, cancelling deportation proceedings brought against a hard-working mechanic supporting children in local high schools. His favorite pro bono cases involve efforts to protect individuals against overreaches by powerful yet out-of-touch governmental agencies.
Presently, Mr. Pehrson is the volunteer coach of his local elementary school’s chess club team, and a volunteer board member of a non-profit youth ski team. He believes that learning happens best when kids are having fun.
Prior to joining KB&A, Mr. Pehrson was a shareholder at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Palo Alto, 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. He misses his landscaping accounts, and values the lessons learned: a successful business solves problems, and a focus on solutions will lead to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
Mr. Pehrson earned an honors degree from the University of Utah, where he appreciated assistance from National Merit and University Presidential scholarships. He enjoyed working in the office of former University 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
- Eastern District of California
- Northern District of Georgia
- Western District of Pennsylvania
- Eastern District of Virginia
- District of Delaware
- Eastern District of Texas
- Western District of Texas
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