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Jack W Reed

Construction and development Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1985
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Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Litigate, arbitrate and mediate complex construction project claims and disputes over entitlement to additional time and compensation for private owners, governmental entities, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers at state and federal levels; represent and direct contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in areas of licensing, insurance, environmental and safety regulations; prosecute and defend bid protests at state and federal agencies.

    38 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Draft, review and revise contracts to procure construction and engineering services, materials and equipment; advise clients on risk allocation, implied duties and dispute resolution; review client contracts for compliance with state and federal law; mediate, arbitrate or litigate breach of contract claims.

    38 years

  3. Government contracts
    Advise private owners, governmental entities, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on state and local government contract terms, regulations, clauses, case law, practices and procedures (including Federal Acquisition Regulations and agency supplements) in complex litigation on private and public construction and real estate development projects, including dams, highways, airports, power transmission lines, structures, tunnels, parking structures, utility infrastructure, and buildings.

    38 years

  4. Insurance
    Review, negotiate and draft requirements for Commercial General Liability, builder's risk, Owner Controlled Insurance Programs and related insurance policies and requirements; mediate, arbitrate or litigate insurance coverage claims on behalf of owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

    38 years

  5. Mediation
    Advise and represent clients in mediation of disputes, selection of mediators, mediation processes and strategies, and risk mitigation.

    38 years

With 30 years of experience in private practice I bring a highly organized, focused approach to resolving construction disputes and contract litigation in mediations, arbitrations and trials. Before attending law school, I served on active duty with the United States Air Force accumulating 2,000+ flight hours as a C-130E/H flight examiner navigator, air operations staff officer, instructor navigator and basic navigator at Dyess AFB, Texas and Yokota AB, Japan.  I served in the Air Force Reserve from 1989 - 2007 as a transportation officer, executive officer, squadron commander, special assistant to the 10th Air Force Commander, and Maintenance Group Commander.


Richards Brandt Miller Nelson
299 South Main Street
15th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-3419


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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Richards Brandt Miller Nelson
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member
  • Reed Warlaumont & Stout
  • 1994 - 2015


  • George Washington University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • AFTEC Forming Technologies, LLC v. Permacast, LLC, 342 P.3d 808 (Utah Ct. App. 2015)
  • Ruling reversed. Permacast's motion did not assert it was entitled to judgment, only that AFTEC had not proved its damages. But AFTEC was not required to produce such evidence before discovery was complete.
  • Employer's Mutual Casualty Co. v. Bartile Roofs, Inc., 618 F.3d 1153 (10th Cir. 2010)
  • Personal jurisdiction and venue in Wyoming was proper. The CGL policy did not cover "defective construction;" insurer had no duty to defend. Insurer could not recover costs of defense under a reservation of rights letter.
  • John Holmes Construction, Inc. v. R.A. McKell Excavating, Inc., 131 P.3d 199 (Utah 2005)
  • The Utah Supreme Court overruled the lower appellate court and held McKell's work was not for a residence, and McKell could continue to pursue its mechanic's lien rights.
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  • Bar of the United States Court of Federal Claims
  • 1992 - Present
  • Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • Reserve Officer Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • National Contract Management Association
  • Past Vice President (Education)
  • 1989 - Present
  • Air Force Association
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Public Contract Law, Litigation, Tort Trial & Ins. Practice
  • 1985 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Construction Law Section, Past Chairman
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015


  • Guide to State Procurement, A 50-State Primer on Purchasing Laws, Processes and Procedures, 2d ed.
  • Utah Procurement Rules and Regulations
  • 2016
  • Guide to State Procurement, A 50-State Primer on Purchasing Laws, Processes and Procedures
  • Utah Procurement Rules and Regulations
  • 2011
  • ABA Public Contract Law Section
  • State Public Construction Law Source Book, Utah Chapter
  • 2002
  • ABA Section of Public Contract Law
  • Are Subcontractor Quotes Binding?
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Construction Law Section Seminar
  • Federal Public Contract Law
  • 2012
  • Mechanic’s Lien Law and Strategies in Utah
  • Preserving Your Rights
  • 2002
  • Utah Construction Law
  • What Do You Do When the Plans and Specifications are Deficient?
  • 2000
  • Utah Construction Contracts
  • What Do You Do With a Defective Bid?
  • 2000
  • Federal Procurement Law Seminar
  • Statutory and Regulatory Developments and Projections for the Future
  • 1994
  • Federal Procurement Law
  • Base Closure and Defense Conversion: Requirements, Issues and Opportunities
  • 1993
  • Federal Procurement Law Seminar
  • The Termination of Subcontractors and Suppliers for Default and Convenience
  • 1992
  • Federal Procurement Law Seminar
  • The Truth in Negotiations Act
  • 1991
  • Federal Procurement Law Seminar
  • Terminations for Convenience
  • 1990
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Construction and development Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jack is an excellent lawyer for many reasons. He works hard for his clients and is a true advocate. Many of his clients have worked with him for years and wouldn't think of working with any other attorney. Jack has the ability to analyze legal issues, cut to the bottom line and come up with good solutions. Although the consummate gentleman, he is a tough litigator . If I needed help in his area of expertise, he is the first attorney I would call and I don't hesitate to refer friends and family to him."
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Salt Lake City Construction and development Lawyer Jack W Reed
Jack W Reed
Construction and development Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 38 years