Mark F. James

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Phone: 801-363-6363
Fax: 801-363-6666

Mark James has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state courts. His practice includes complex commercial and tort litigation, both on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. James has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including intellectual property disputes, securities litigation, trade secret disputes, product liability disputes, eminent domain proceedings, contract disputes, real property disputes, disputes over ownership and control of businesses, derivative actions, construction law, personal injury cases, and class actions. Mr. James has handled multiple litigation involving multilevel marketing companies and distributors, including with respect to claims involving false advertising, misappropriation of trade secrets, cross-recruiting, interference with contract, and non-competition issues. He has been praised by 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. Mr. James’ trial victories 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 to these results for companies and individuals pursuing claims, Mr. James has successfully defended many companies and individuals against a variety of different claims. In addition to acting as legal counsel, Mr. James has acted as a court-appointed receiver in the context of a partnership dispute involving millions of dollars of real property. He also has commenced a mediation practice, in addition to maintaining his regular law practice, offering his services as a mediator in a variety of disputes, including disputes involving complex litigation.

Areas of Practice

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

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Public Accountant

Bar Admissions

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


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence magna cum laude – 1988
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: Articles Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review, 1987 – 1988
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration – 1985
    • Honors: Graduated top of the class
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude – 1984
    • Major: Accounting

Honors and Awards

  • Utah’s “Legal Elite,” Utah Business Magazine, 2004 – 2019
  • List of Mountain States Super Lawyers (TM), 2007 – 2019
  • 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
  • Top 75 lawyers in the intermountain area by Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Utah State Bar, Member
  • 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 – 2010
  • Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court, Secretary-Treasurer, 2006 – 2007