Powell, Potter & Poulsen know the Wasatch back
This month the newly-formed law firm of Powell, Potter & Poulsen opened full-time offices in Bear Hollow and Heber. They will soon have an office in Lindon, as well.
All three were formerly with Tesch Law Offices. Kraig Powell was with Tesch for 10 years and said it was time to strike out on his own. He represents Wasatch and part of Duschene and Uintah counties in the state House of Representatives.
He said he needed the flexibility of running his own firm in order to better balance his time. He’s also an adjunct instructor at the Wasatch campus of Utah Valley University.
His own experience is diverse, as is that of his partners Shawn Potter and Paul Poulsen, but the office tends to specialize in real estate, construction and employment law, Powell said. All three cut their teeth in Park City law during the building boom.
All three came from somewhere else to practice law here, and ended up living in Heber. Powell said they love the size of the communities here and are interested in the kinds of legal challenges they face. He is legal counsel for the city of Midway and the town of Francis.
It’s easy to be a participant in communities along the Wasatch Back, he said. Powell has been president of the Heber Valley Rotary Club and active in the Park City Chamber/Bureau and other community foundations. Potter is also a member of the Park City Homebuilders Association.
Alison Weyher, business manager for the firm, said their involvement fuels their understanding of the people and places here.
"Working here for 10 years, they know how this area operates and have a familiarity with it," she said.
"We’re also well known by the courts and judges up here," Powell added.
Powell’s areas of specialty include government and municipal law, real estate, landlord and tenant issues, trial and appellate litigation.
Potter’s specialties include construction law and litigation, real estate, labor and employment, general business and commercial law and litigation.
Poulsen’s areas include estate planning, business law, corporate law and foreclosure law.
Estate planning is a particular concern for people in the Park City area, Weyher said. They want to make sure their legacy is planned out. It’s also a service that nearly every person will seek out an attorney at sometime in their life, Powell said. Almost everyone wants to have a will, at least,l and it’s a service a good firm should offer, he added.
Poulsen tends to focus on more transactional law, Powell said, while he and Potter do more litigation. Currently they don’t do any criminal defense litigation.
The current economic climate means most of their clients are involved with real estate purchases for investments, foreclosure activity, collections and breach of contract issues, he said.
The Park City office is in Bear Hollow at 5532 Lillehammer Lane, suite 200. The Heber office is at 2 South Main, Suite 2D. Both maintain normal hours during normal business days. Contact one of the offices to set an appointment at the Lindon location.
Powell Potter & Poulsen
Park City: 647-5951
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