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Jeffrey W. Shields

Jeffrey Shields represents clients in the litigation of complex disputes, with a particular emphasis in bankruptcy-related litigation, at both the trial and appellate level. He handles creditor, committee and indenture trustee representation in complex national and local bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation cases, securities litigation, investment fraud, contested administrative agency proceedings and business torts.

Jeffrey advises diverse lenders on designing and implementing policies and procedures for handling bankruptcy cases.


  • Pepperdine University Law School (J.D. 1980)
    • Dean’s Honor List
    • Student Trial Lawyers Association, Founder/President
    • Moot Court Honor Board
    • Awarded American Jurisprudence Awards (first in class), Commercial and Constitutional Law
  • University of Utah (B.S., 1977)
    • Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, President (1976-1977)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • United States District Court, District of Utah
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers Forum, Counselor Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Utah
    • Corporate Counsel Section, Chairman (1991)
    • Litigation Section, Member
    • Bankruptcy Section, Member
    • Securities Section, Member
    • Corporate Counsel Section, Member
  • Committee of Bar Examiners, Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Subcommittee (1988-present)
  • FINRA Dispute Resolution, Arbitrator Panels
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange Dispute Resolution

Representative Presentations & Publications

  • Information Governance and e-Discovery, Presenter, Intermountain E-Discovery Conference (September 26, 2013)
  • Managing E-Discovery: Best Practices and Procedures, Presenter, Intermountain E-Discovery Conference (September 22, 2011)
  • Lender Liability – A View From the Trenches, Presenter, Risk Management Association (October 15, 2012)
  • Issues in Debtor in Possession Financing, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute (April 2011)
  • Reclamation Rights After 2005 Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute (April 2011)
  • Insolvency Toolbox – Selected Issues Concerning Struggling Corporations, Presenter, Utah State Bar Corporate Counsel Section Annual Meeting (December 3, 2009)

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy Litigation (2014); Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law (2003-2013)
    • Utah Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy Litigation (2012-2013)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®, General Commercial Litigation (2009-2013)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy/Creditor Rights (2007-2013)
  • Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy - Corporate Counsel Edition (2010)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Bankruptcy/Workout, Utah Business magazine (2004-2014)
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Utah Alumni Director
  • Pepperdine University, Board of Visitors
  • Rocky Mountain Innocence Project, Board of Directors
  • Salt Lake City Jazz Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Utahns Against Hunger
    • Chairman (1997-1998)
    • Director (1994-1998)
  • Utah Symphony and Opera
    • Honor Board
    • Planned Giving Committee, Chair
  • Park City Jazz Foundation, Executive Committee
  • Episcopal Education for Ministries Certification, University of the South (2008)
  • Legal advisor to established and emerging church organizations

Other Professional Experience

  • Jones Waldo, Shareholder (1996-2012)
  • Suitter Axland, PC (1989-1993)
  • Key Bank of Utah, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel (1986-1989)

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