Wes Felix

Partner
Salt Lake City, Utah
F: 801.350.9010

Wes joined Pia Hoyt in the fall of 2021. He is a litigation attorney who focuses on many areas of law including Partnership Disputes, Securities Fraud, Multi-jurisdictional Litigation, Employment Disputes and Professional Liability. Wes has been a partner with a number of firms including Bendinger Crockett, Howrey, Sidley Austin, Snell & Wilmer, Mitchell Barlow & Mansfield, and started his own practice in 2016 through the fall of 2021. Wes has a world-class legal education earning his law degree from Stanford Law School, as well as a Ph.D in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Economics from Whitman College. Wes has over 20 years experience representing companies of all sizes, property owners, and professionals, in high-stakes litigation. Wes brings first-seat trial experience to the courtroom and sophisticated, results-oriented negotiating to the boardroom.

Background

Education

Juris Doctor / Stanford Law School / 1990-1993

Ph.D., Philosophy / Vanderbilt University / 1982-1986

B.A., Philosophy, Economics / Whitman College / 1977-1981 

Professional

Admissions, Associations, and Honors

Utah State Bar

Federal Bar Association

Utah Supreme Court

Federal District Court of Utah

Ninth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Tenth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Practice Areas

Complex Commercial Litigation 

-Partnership Disputes

-Corporate Control Disputes 

-Shareholder Derivative Actions 

-Qui tam Actions 

-Securities Fraud 

-Breach of Fiduciary Duty 

-Multi-jurisdictional Litigation 

-Business Torts 

-Employment Disputes 

-Professional Liability 

-Expedited proceedings, including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions 

Real Property and IP Litigation 

-Unfair Competition 

-Trade Secret Misappropriation 

-Copyright Infringement 

-Trademark Infringement 

-Commercial Lease Disputes 

-Purchase and Sale Disputes 

-Eminent Domain 

-Boundary Disputes 

-Title Insurance Litigation 

Experience

Business Law, Commercial & Real Estate Litigation 

- Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a real estate developer in a multi-million dollar action involving breach of a management agreement. 

-Successfully resolved an eminent domain dispute between the State of Utah and a Salt Lake City area business owner. 

-Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against former business partner prohibiting communication with or competition against vendors, clients, and prospective clients and restricting access to company’s email, bank accounts, and warehouse while successfully defending against business partner’s motion for TRO. 

 Non-Solicitation, Non-Competition, and Employment Disputes 

-Defended several out of state distributors in suit brought by global direct sales company involving alleged breach of non-competition agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and conspiracy claims. 

-Successfully defended an individual and a company in case alleging claims including, breach of non-competition agreement, passing off, claims of copyright violations, theft of trade secrets, passing off, tortious interference, and breach of duty of loyalty. 

 Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property 

-Defended several cases alleging copyright infringement of stock photos. 

-Represented major auto manufacturer in copyright dispute actions. 

-Successfully defended individual in multi-million-dollar trade secret and copyright case. 

 Securities Fraud 

-Obtained prejudgment writ of attachment on securities fraud claims exceeding $50 million. 

-Defended against allegations of $200 million securities fraud and Ponzi scheme by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Department of Justice. 

-Represented court-appointed lead plaintiff under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in class action against a genetic test manufacturer and its most senior executives. 

Professional Malpractice 

-Successfully defended international accounting firm in multiple class action cases and matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.  

-Successfully defended a law firm against a multi-million-dollar claim involving allegations of elaborate real estate fraud and other fraudulent investments. 

-Obtained favorable jury verdict and an award of past medical expenses and non-economic damages against a surgeon involving bisection of the common bile duct during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. 

-Defended medical professional in Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing proceedings and claims filed under the Medical Malpractice Act.