Jones Waldo

Legal update from the team at Jones Waldo

Mark D. Tolman

Bio: Mark is a management-side employment law specialist, and was recognized by the Utah State Bar as the 2018 Labor & Employment Attorney of the Year. Mark works with employers to help them develop preventative employment practices and policies. Mark regularly provides in-house training to managers on avoiding employment claims and to all employees on equal employment opportunity and anti-harassment issues. Mark also represents employers in state and federal court, and before the Utah Labor Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on complex legal and factual disputes arising from alleged discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, confidentiality issues, and covenants not to compete or solicit. Mark has tried cases before state and federal courts and before the Adjudication Division of the Utah Labor Commission. He has also argued cases to the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, and to the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Michael OBrien

Mike O’Brien

Bio: Mark was recognized by the Utah State Bar as the 2018 Labor & Employment Attorney of the Year. Mark helps employers avoid disputes through preventative practices, policies, and training, and advocates for them in litigation when disputes cannot be avoided. In addition, Mark serves as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Utah SHRM Council and as Co-Director of Legal Affairs for Salt Lake SHRM.



Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Bio: Paul regularly defends employers against discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims brought under the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, USERRA, Title VII, and state law. Paul also assists clients avoid disputes through trainings, employment-policy guidance (including handbook reviews), and real-time counsel. Paul is ADA certified by the National Employment Law Institute (NELI) and was recognized as an Utah Legal Elite in 2022.




Michael JuddMike Judd

Bio: Mike is an attorney in the PBL Employment Department. His practice focuses on helping employers navigate legal challenges in the workplace, minimizing the risk of litigation. Mike also has substantial experience enforcing employer’s contractual rights, including to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants (e.g., non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements).  Mike also helps employers protect their trade secrets, including from use or disclosure by former employees.



Elena VetterElena Vetter

Bio: Elena’s advises employers on compliance and regulatory issues, helping them craft proactive policies and procedures, and representing them in administrative proceedings, arbitration, and litigation. Elena’s career has long been employer-focused: before graduating from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, Elena worked for an employee recognition company, where she focused on empowering employers to manage, motivate, and support their employees. Elena was recently named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch for 2022.