The firm’s foremost goal is to ensure client satisfaction by providing excellent legal services at a reasonable cost.
Hoole & King is a well-respected law firm that provides clients with a broad spectrum of legal services. The firm’s foremost goal is to ensure client satisfaction by providing excellent legal services at a reasonable cost. The size of the firm allows its attorneys to be responsive, dedicated, and effective, while still being cost-efficient. The size of the firm also ensures that clients get the personal attention they deserve. Hoole & King has been awarded an “AV,” (preeminent) designation from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Hoole & King has a balance of litigators and business attorneys. The litigators have a wealth of trial and appellate court experience but also know how to make sure cases resolve without protracted litigation when appropriate. The Salt Lake City business attorneys likewise employ a broad range of skills and creativity in meeting their clients’ needs. Both sets of attorneys use technology to help minimize costs, maintain effective client communication and respond timely to client needs.
Hoole & King’s attorneys have been the recipients of various accolades, including being given the highest ranking for expertise in employment litigation in the authoritative Chambers USA, The Client’s Guide, being named among the “Legal Elite” and “Super Lawyers” in Utah, and being given the highest ranking possible from virtually every attorney-rating website. Throughout the years, clients of the firm have come to rely on the expertise, judgment and professional integrity of Hoole & King’s attorneys.
Traditional litigation is a mistake that must be corrected . . . . For some disputes trials will be the only
means, but for many claims trials by adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle
and blood. Our system is too costly, too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for really civilized people.
—Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, (Ret.) U.S. Supreme Court
Litigation is usually not the answer. Litigating is very expensive and there are never really any clear winners. Even those who “prevail” at trial usually spend far more in fees, expenses, lost opportunities, and goodwill than what they recover. Sometimes, litigation is unavoidable, but all potential litigants would do well to consider mediation, and to consider it early.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal and confidential process that facilitates communication between litigants or potential litigants in order to better understand each other and resolve their dispute. The parties can be represented by an attorney but legal representation is not necessary. The mediation is conducted by a mediator, sometimes referred to as a neutral.
In addition to being confidential, the mediation process (as opposed to a trial or arbitration) is non-binding. In fact, the mediator does not render a decision and has no power to force the parties to settle their claims. Rather than determining who is right and who is wrong, the mediator’s job is to understand the respective parties’ positions and see where common ground and the potential for compromise exists. This helps all concerned to focus on solutions and the future rather than problems and the past.
Why Mediation Works.
The vast majority of mediations result in a settlement. Even when parties are entrenched in their positions mediation works. The primary reason for this is effective communication. (Not surprisingly, the primary reason for litigation is poor communication.) Mediation provides a unique environment where parties can work with a third-party to communicate effectively with the other side. There is no other process that affords parties the opportunity to sit down together with a neutral mediator, and without other distractions, and focus on resolving their problems.
This process of focused communication invariably results in better educating the other side about your position, and you being better educated about theirs. This heightened understanding usually reveals the points on which the parties can agree and what compromises are possible to resolve the points on which they do not agree.
Another key reason mediation works is that it takes emotion out of the process. Parties, and even their attorneys, are often emotionally
invested to a significant degree in their claims. A mediator is not similarly burdened. A skilled mediator is able to filter the emotion and legal posturing that otherwise burdens communications, and instead focus on solutions.
Finally, mediation helps parties hear the mediator’s honest opinion about their chances in court. A good mediator will have a great amount of litigation experience and will help the parties realistically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their case as well as the shortcomings of litigation in general.
By communicating effectively with the other party, removing emotion and posturing from the negotiating process, identifying areas of common ground and possible compromise, and obtaining a realistic and neutral assessment of one’s case, mediation usually results in even the most difficult disputes being resolved once and for all.
Who I Am.
Trained at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law and the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, Greg Hoole is a skilled mediator and arbitrator. He has a great amount of experience in civil litigation and has been recognized by his peers in the highest category possible by all recognized reviewing bodies: Martindale-Hubble (AV, preeminent), Utah Legal Elite, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and AVVO (5-star, 10/10 rating). In fact, Greg was one of only four Utah mediators to be named a Mountain States Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2020.
Greg understands the emotion involved in litigation and is adept at solving even the most complex of problems and bringing parties together. His work frequently takes him to locations throughout the state, which allows him to schedule mediations without charging parties for his travel expenses.
Greg is a trustee of the nonprofit Utah Dispute Resolution, a member of the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, and a member of the Utah State Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Greg writes and lectures frequently on the value and benefits of alternative dispute resolution.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out
to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time.
One of the jobs of a bankruptcy trustee in administering a bankruptcy case is to make sure that creditors’ claims are paid back to the extent possible before discharging a debtor’s debts. All creditors have the right to be heard with regard to liquidation of the debtor’s nonexempt assets in Chapter 7 and with regard to the debtor’s repayment plan under Chapter 13. All creditors are also entitled to challenge the debtor’s right to a discharge.
Not all creditors are treated equally in a bankruptcy case. All creditors are entitled to share in payment from the bankruptcy estate, but only according to the priority of their claims. Bankruptcy law favors priority claims like child support, as well as secured claims. Secured claims are those claims in which collateral secures the debt and the creditor can repossess and sell the property if the debtor defaults in payments.
Generally, secured creditors have rights based on a deed of trust, a mortgage, a security agreement on personal property like a car, or a judgment lien. Creditors with liens on property are entitled to receive value that is equal to the debt or the collateral—whichever is less. They can also stop a debtor from using cash collateral and collect money from a trustee’s use of secured property that lowers its value, as well as attorneys’ fees and interest that arises.
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Paul M. King
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, and you are worried about who is going to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, give me a call. The last thing you want is to be taken advantage of by an insurance company. If you don’t protect your rights, you may not be able to make a claim. Insurance companies have attorneys and professional adjusters whose goal is to pay you as little as they can. You need an experienced Utah bicycle accident attorney with proven results to fight for you.
I am an avid cyclist and a cycling advocate. I am also an experienced attorney, ranked among Utah’s Legal Elite (TM), named a Mountain States Super Lawyer, and recognized by my peers in the highest category possible, Martindale-Hubble’s AV, preeminent ranking.
I regularly put on bicycle safety clinics and founded the Holladay Bicycle Advisory Committee. You can learn more about me and my practice by clicking here, or just email me or call me on my direct line: 801-424-5252.
I work hard to make sure you are compensated fully for your injuries. Unlike many lawyers, I know ho careless, and sometimes even hostile, motorists can be toward cyclists. I know where you are coming from when you explain to me how the accident happened.
I also work hard to make sure you are compensated for your bicycle damage. I know ho expensive bicycles can be. I know what it is like to spend thousands of dollars on a bicycle only to have it damaged by someone else. I work closely with local bicycle shops to try and get you full replacement value for your dm aged bicycle and bicycle gear.
I am not afraid to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to maximize your bicycle accident insurance recovery. I have obtained seven-figure jury verdicts for my personal injury clients. I offer one-on-one service, and I will not hand your case off to an inexperienced lawyer or paralegal.
Bike accidents can turn your life upside down. Once I take your case, you can stop worrying about dealing with the insurance companies and focus on recovering from your bicycle accident injuries. I take care of all the paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations, so you can get on with your life.
This means you don’t owe me any legal fees unless I recover money for you.
To learn more about your legal rights, email Greg for a free consultation.
The development of the type of organization is important to a business for many reasons: taxation, liability protection, ownership, and organizational harmony. Our attorneys are experienced in these areas and sensitive to the needs of business owners. To learn more about these services, contact
Hoole & King’s attorneys work to bring business and other civil disputes to a prompt and favorable conclusion with minimum impact on our clients’ lives and business interests. To this end, Hoole & King’s attorneys work to find creative and effective ways to resolve disputes in a timely and cost-efficient manner. The practice section’s attorneys are well experienced in all types of business disputes, ranging from breach of contract claims to complex business breakups and business torts, as well as the full panoply of non-business civil litigation.
One of the greatest challenges of our generation is the need for a level playing field when consumers have been defrauded or otherwise must deal with well funded large corporations and financial institutions. Lester A. Perry has been fighting for the consumer for 25 years. He has successfully prosecuted a dozen consumer class actions and has almost two dozen successful appellate decisions on behalf of consumers. He has taught the federal consumer protection/class action class at the University of Utah College of Law.
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Lester A. Perry
Estate planning and probate issues involve important, difficult areas of concern for our clients. With changing estate tax laws and regulations, our comprehensive approach becomes even more important and advantageous to our clients. Our extensive business and real estate experience adds depth and allows for comprehensive treatment of estate planning for our clients. Special needs of family members and other beneficiaries are addressed carefully, and estate management for the benefit of the principal grantors is addressed to anticipate potential incapacity of the principal grantors. Comprehensive estate planning involves much more than just avoiding probate. It is important to consider long-term management to assist estate beneficiaries, plan for individualized treatment of the benefeciaries’ special needs, and provide for seamless management during and after the grantors’ lifetimes, all with an eye to limiting conflict and litigation.
When probate becomes necessary, we seek to efficiently address the needs of the estate and the client. When probate litigation arises, or when it is otherwise necessary, we strive to resolve matters efficiently and bring peace to the family and the estate as quickly as possible. We are experienced in the total range of probate, from simple informal probate to complex formal litigation. For questions concerning probate or estate planning issues, contact Paul M. King.”
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Paul M. King
The needs of financial institutions are many and varied. Such institutions face challenges with regulatory agencies, employees, debtors, bankruptcy courts, and civil litigation. Our firm has the experience to effectively handle these challenges. To learn more about these services, contact Lester A. Perry.
In addition to other defense work, Gregory N. Hoole represents the Utah Local Governments Trust in the full range of lawsuits brought against Utah’s counties, cities, and other political subdivisions. These include cases involving civil rights, government functions, premises liability, personal injury, and breach of contract, among other claims.
Hoole & King’s attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of people in personal injury and wrongful death claims. The attorneys understand and know how to navigate creatively the myriad issues that can arise in even what can appear to be an otherwise straight-forward case. Their skill in aggressively but fairly representing clients has earned them the respect of not only other plaintiffs lawyers, but defense lawyers as well.
The most valuable asset owned by families and businesses is often real estate. Our firm is experienced in the acquisition and transfer of real estate, the use of real estate to secure loans and agreements, the foreclosure of real property collateral, and the protection of creditor’s rights in real property tied up in bankruptcy.
Mr. Hoole represents individuals in civil lawsuits. He focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, child abuse, religious abuse, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and commercial litigation cases. He is a past president of The Utah Trial Lawyer's Association, now known as The Association For Justice, and a past president of The Utah Employment Lawyer's Association. He has represented individuals in numerous cases that resulted in million dollar recoveries. Mr. Hoole has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of "AV," indicating a "very high to preeminent" legal ability and a very high ethical standard. In 2004, he was appointed to serve as a member of the Utah State Courts Career Service Review Board. Since 2004, he has also devoted a substantial portion of his professional time to reduced fee or pro bono representation of people leaving polygamist cults.FULL BIO
Paul M. King is a Managing Member of Hoole & King, L.C., having co-founded the firm in 1994. He was first admitted to practice law in October, 1989. His practice includes many types of business and real estate transactions, advising clients on business organization, tax and estate planning issues, and litigation involving these types of matters. His real estate practice has involved many aspects of both commercial and residential real property transactions, from the closing of single-home residential transactions, to complex commercial transactions, development and litigation. He has also advised clients on administrative issues of regulatory compliance, involving both state and federal legislation, including RESPA compliance. He has represented borrowers and both private and institutional lenders, and has closed loans and transactions involving commercial property, residential and commercial condominiums and government-guaranteed loans and bond financing for large apartment projects. He has represented borrowers, lenders and lien holders in foreclosure actions. In addition to acting as a licensed title insurance agent for over 10 years, closing many residential and commercial transactions, he has represented both plaintiff and defendant clients concerning title insurance company claims and agent defalcation.FULL BIO
For 26 years, Mr. Perry has specialized in representing lenders ,creditor’s rights in bankruptcy and businesses in banking, finance, real property and commercial litigation. For the past 24 years, Mr. Perry has also represented consumers in class actions for consumer claims in the areas of collection agencies, credit reporting, identity theft, buyers clubs, post-dated check outlets.FULL BIO
AV (preeminent) rated by Martindale-Hubbell and selected for many years running as one of Utah’s Legal Elite and a Mountain States Super Lawyer, Greg enjoys a rich and diverse legal career protecting and vindicating the rights of individuals and businesses throughout the state. Always conscientious of the high cost of litigation, and a skilled mediator, Greg is adept at resolving disputes favorably for his clients without protracted litigation, but is fully capable of taking a case successfully through the full litigation process when necessary. Greg began his legal career as a judge advocate in the United States Navy, where he was named Senior Defense Counsel for the greater Washington, D.C. area and twice decorated with the United States Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Greg's cases have been reported in such national periodicals as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Greg has also appeared in relation to his cases on various law-related programs on national network and cable television, including Larry King Live and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.FULL BIO
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