- BYU, J. Reuben Clarke School of Law, J.D., 1998. Law Review, Moot Court, Phi Delta Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, BYU Student Legal Scholarly Paper Awards 1996-1997, Moot Court Board of Advocates 1997-1998 (magna cum laude)
- Marriott School of Business, Master of Organizational Behavior, 1998
- Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science, Resource Management (Urban & Natural Resource Planning), minors in Business Management and Recreation 1992 (magna cum laude)
- AMVETS Memorial Scholar
- National Eagle Scout Association Elks Scholar
- Adolph Coors Scholar
- Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Golden Key Honor Society
- U.S. District Court of Utah
- U.S. District Courts of California
- U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Utah State Bar Association
- California State Bar Association
In June 2014, Mr. Witte became a member (equity owner) with Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC, where he is chair for the firm’s litigation department. Among other things, he provides a wide range of “general counsel” services for businesses, including entrepreneurs and small businesses needing legal support but lacking full-time in-house counsel. He collaborates with other firm specialists to provide a range of support in relation to business planning, financial planning, leases, probate resolution, interstate commerce regulation, tax issues, and family/domestic law.
Mr. Witte also litigates as needed on behalf of the firm. Some examples of his recent efforts include a $23.4 million dollar fraud judgment secured in Jameson Stanford Resources Corp. v. Stanford (Utah 5th Dist. Ct. 2014), and drafting the successful brief for Veysey v. Nelson II, 2017 UT App 77, cert. denied, 397 P.3d 846 (Utah 2017).
From 2009-2014, Mr. Witte worked for McCormick Barstow LLP, focusing on complex fraud, business emergency, intellectual property, and complex insurance matters in locations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, and Salt Lake City. He investigated, litigated, and/or settled numerous highly sensitive and confidential difficulties for clients, including prosecution of multi-million dollar disputes on behalf of some of the largest companies in the world.
From 2002-09, Mr. Witte supervised corporation-wide litigation activities for a life insurance company in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as Associate General Counsel. During his employment, he supervised or provided advice for legal functions in nearly every department of the company at various times: compliance, customer service, leases and contracts, reinsurance, human resources, product development and form design, information technology, marketing, corporate governance, distribution, fraud and claims investigation, anti-money laundering, intellectual property, and regulatory outreach. Mr. Witte also supervised the legal details related to the sale of a high-rise building and related relocation of his company from its headquarters to a new location.
From 2000-2002, Mr. Witte was a commercial litigator with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, in Palo Alto, California. Among other things, he handled contract, commercial, securities, consumer protection, corporate, lease, criminal, bankruptcy, and international law matters for fortune 500 companies in international arbitration, as well as federal and state cases venued in California, New York, and Delaware.
During the 1999-2000 court term, Mr. Witte was a law clerk for the Honorable Alan Norris, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Witte has also worked for the Office of Senior Staff Counsel for the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Illinois; the Office of Senior Staff Counsel for the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado; Justice I. Daniel Stewart of the Utah Supreme Court in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. He assisted with researching and proofreading Chief Judge Posner’s 1996 revision of the Practitioner’s Handbook for Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At various times from 1997-1999, Mr. Witte also worked for Senator Robert F. Bennett in Washington, D.C., including assignments for the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee of Financial Services and Technology; Fiddler, Gonzalez & Rodriguez, in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Kim & Chang, in Seoul, Korea.
Mr. Witte is also a noted litigator and scholar regarding parental rights, education, and institutional reform issues. He has lectured widely and authored law review articles on such topics. Most recently he was a contributing author for The Pre-K Debates, a 2011 book edited and sponsored by faculty at Yale University; Neighborhood Disputes: Law and Litigation, a 2013 legal treatise; Personal Liability Under the Utah Payment of Wages Act, Attorney At Law Magazine at 15 (2017); and Managing Irresponsible Actors In Federal Interpleader Actions, 50 Tort Trial & Ins. Practice L. J. 1 (2014), the lead article for the fiftieth issue of the American Bar Association’s premier law review. He made a presentation entitled “Overview of Interpleader Fundamentals” at the Utah State Bar 2016 Summer Convention. He has participated in litigation before various local, state and federal courts, primarily in California, Utah, and nearby western states. Mr. Witte is admitted to practice law in the States of California and Utah, U.S. Federal District Court of Utah, the U.S. District Courts of California, and U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Honors and Awards:
Mr. Witte was the youngest graduate of BYU in his graduating baccalaureate class at the age of 19. Mr. Witte completed the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), 2009 and Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), 2008. (He is on inactive status with regard to those two designations.) Mr. Witte is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI). His designations include Associate, Insurance Regulatory Compliance (AIRC), Associate, Reinsurance Administration (ARA), and Associate, Customer Service (ACS).
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