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Mark F. James - Salt Lake City, UT

10 West Broadway, Suite 400 Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Updated: 09/04/2023

Salt Lake City Business/Commercial Litigation Lawyer


Mark James has practiced law in Salt Lake City since 1988. He has extensive trial experience representing clients in federal and state courts. For over twenty-five years, Mr. James' law practice focused on complex commercial and tort litigation, both on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants...

Mark James has practiced law in Salt Lake City since 1988. He has extensive trial experience representing clients in federal and state courts. For over twenty-five years, Mr. James' law practice focused on complex commercial and tort litigation, both on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. He has represented clients in a wide variety of disputes, including those involving intellectual property, securities, trade secret, product liability, eminent domain, contracts, estate and trust disputes, insurance coverage, real property, ownership and control of businesses, derivative actions, construction law, personal injuries, and class actions. Mr. James also has extensive experience with disputes involving multilevel marketing companies and their distributors, disputes involving false advertising, misappropriation of trade secrets, cross-recruiting, interference with contract, and covenants not to compete. He has a reputation for being a skilled, efficient trial lawyer. He frequently has been praised by both clients and peers for his skilled and efficient approach to litigation.

Mr. James' clients have enjoyed significant successes both at trial and in negotiated settlements. His trial successes include, among others, a jury award of over $24 million against DHL (Express) USA, Inc. for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and tortious interference. Settlements include a $15 million recovery in a fraud class action along with numerous other significant recoveries. In addition, he has successfully defended many companies and individuals against a variety of different claims. He also has acted as a court-appointed receiver and a court-appointed special master.

Mr. James' practice now focuses primarily on mediation. He has mediated hundreds of cases involving a wide-variety of disputes in areas that include complex commercial litigation, torts (including personal injury and wrongful death), construction defects, and intellectual property. Mr. James has a no-nonsense "get it done" approach to mediation, and he is unhesitant to employ an out-of-the-box approach to resolve disputes. He firmly believes that as the mediator, it is important during mediations that he be there "to the very end" with counsel and their respective clients. Mr. James has mediated numerous multi-million dollar disputes, including many disputes involving "bet-the-company" litigation.

Since 2004, Mr. James has been recognized annually in Utah Business Magazine by his peers as one of Utah's "Legal Elite." He also has been recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers annually since 2007, including on multiple occasions as one of the top 75 or top 100 and, most recently, one of the top 10, lawyers in the Intermountain region. Mr. James has served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating). He also is a Certified Public Accountant.

About Mark F. James

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Business/Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Wills & Trust Litigation
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Mediation


Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant

Other Affiliations

  • Utah State Bar
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Former Member)
  • Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (Former Member)
  • Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court, President, 2010, 2011
  • Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court, Vice President, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court, Secretary-Treasurer, 2006, 2007


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah, 1988
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1985
    M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
    Honors: Graduated top of the class
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1984
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Accounting

Office Information


10 West Broadway, Suite 400 Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Office Hours

Monday to Friday - 8AM–5:30PM, Saturday & Sunday - Closed


Other Sources of Feedback About Mark F. James

Included on the 2024 Mountain States list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Mountain States Super Lawyers Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Mountain States Super Lawyers list

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  • Utah’s “Legal Elite,” Utah Business Magazine, 2004 – present
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers (TM) (2007 – present) (recognized as one of the Top 10 lawyers in the Intermountain area)
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%
  • Featured in Best Lawyers
  • Invited to join America’s Top 100 Attorneys ®
  • Invited to join Advisory Excellence
  • Chambers USA
  • “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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