In the 2011 Issue of Mountain States Super Lawyers

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In the latest issue of Mountain States Super Lawyers (available online, digitally, via app, and in magazine form), we profile Salt Lake City attorney David Gee, a Top 75 listee since 2007, who has represented Boyer Co.--now one of the West's largest real estate developers--since the days when it had only two buildings. Gee, of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, worked out the details that enabled Boyer to build The Gateway: a 40-acre, $375 million project that opened in late 2001, in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake. Says Roger Boyer, Boyer Co.'s founder and chairman, of Gee: "He'll often take a complicated problem and communicate to us that it's something that could be done--maybe not simply, but that it could be done."

Carol Davis Zucker, partner at Las Vegas' Kamer Zucker Abbott, who gave us her thoughts on collective bargaining in Wisconsin on the blog in April, discusses in a Q&A how employment law fulfills her academic side--and how one of her cases has inspired her to always stop at the Supreme Court gift shop. Excerpt:

"It seemed to me that [law] was a way I could live by my wits. It was fascinating work. Everything was different every day--the same way it is now. I was very much on the academic track until I [in my peers' views] just sort of careened into private practice. ... And I still believe it was a good decision."

We hear how Montana's Kelly J.C. Gallinger's knack for arguing has proved successful in her legal career at Brown Law Firm, while Idaho's Dana Herberholz, of Zarian Midgley & Johnson has tied his ambition of becoming a doctor to his IP practice.

Kate Fox's own practice at Davis & Cannon--which is extremely varied--hasn't been what she initially expected, but she still enjoys the challenge of working in different areas of law. Excerpt:

She enrolled [in law school] with the intention of focusing on water law, so that she "could be intellectually challenged and also ride around out on the range. Which isn't really true [of the practice]," Fox says with a laugh, "but it's the notion I had at the time."

Also, Joel M. Mann (Law Office of Joel M. Mann) and Jennifer Brown (Chapman and Cutler) tell us the best advice they've ever received.