Partner Alan W. Mortensen Earns ABOTA Membership

05 October 2020 Published in News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 29, 2020 — Alan W. Mortensen, a named partner of the Salt Lake City-based firm DEWSNUP/KING/OLSEN/WOREL/HAVAS/MORTENSEN, PC, has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

ABOTA dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. Members in this prestigious invitation-only group must have tried a minimum of 10 civil jury trials to conclusion. More than 7,600 lawyers and judges are involved in ABOTA chapters in all 50 states.

"ABOTA is one of the nation's most effective organizations in championing the ethics, professionalism and principles of the legal profession, and I'm honored to be part of this select group," Mr. Mortensen said.

One of the most active trial lawyers at DEWSNUP/KING/OLSEN/WOREL/HAVAS/MORTENSEN Mr. Mortensen has been the lead attorney on numerous cases – including aviation and truck accidents as well as insurance bad faith claims – that have been closely followed throughout the nation as well as in Utah.

Mr. Mortensen’s litigation expertise includes being on the steering committee of the Asiana Air Disaster at San Francisco, and a $19.75 million verdict/settlement from the Utah Supreme Court against the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ United Effort Plan Trust and the Church itself. He also was the lead attorney in a Guatemalan Air disaster in which several service missionaries from Utah, Illinois and Guatemala were killed and injured in a Cessna Caravan that had a defective Pratt & Whitney PT6 Engine. He has spent an extensive amount of time across the world investigating and litigating other aviation disasters, including cases in Honduras, Peru and Oregon.

Mr. Mortensen also was one of the lead attorneys in the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster case. He has also tried and litigated diverse semi-truck disasters, including representing victims against such companies as Merit Trucking, Marten Trucking, Knight Trucking, Fed Ex, JB Hunt Trucking, Werner Trucking, Swift Trucking, Central Refrigerated Trucking, H&R Transport and Utility Trailers.

In addition, Mr. Mortensen has extensive experience in issues involving motor vehicle accidents, mining accidents, sexual abuse, civil rights, workplace injury, product liability, medical negligence, construction defect, forfeiture, employment, and insurance bad faith and coverage cases in the state and federal courts of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Several of these cases have resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts or settlements. He has also successfully appealed cases to the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, the Wyoming Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A native of Wyoming and a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, with undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, Mr. Mortensen has earned recognition on the Mountain Super Lawyers list each year since 2008, is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Best Lawyers of America.  He is a past-president of the Utah Association for Justice.

DEWSNUP/KING/OLSEN/WOREL/HAVAS/MORTENSEN is a premier plaintiff’s trial firm, litigating cases in Utah and across the country. The trial lawyers are front-line, first-chair litigators with numerous trials to their credit and combined litigation experience in excess of 100 years. Our personal injury trial lawyers have obtained the most multi-million-dollar verdicts of any firm in the state, along with scores of million-dollar plus settlements.  More information is available on the firm's website at www.dkowlaw.com.

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