Utah Business Magazine Recognizes Five Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in the Legal Elite 100 Publication


SALT LAKE CITY – Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that five attorneys were selected for inclusion in Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite 100.” According to Utah Business Magazine, this award recognizes attorneys who are actively making an impact in their legal field and communities. These attorneys were peer-nominated and selected by a panel of seasoned legal and law enforcement experts for their demonstration of exceptional legal knowledge, ethical standards, and professional accomplishments. 

Bret Evans is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation and bankruptcy practice groups. His practice is concentrated primarily in complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, foreclosure and creditor’s rights. He has represented creditors and banks in fraud cases, replevin actions, receivership actions, and other claims. Evans has also assisted financial institutions with matters related to consumer financial services, including cases involving claims of wrongful foreclosure, alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and lien disputes.

Liz McOmber’s practice is concentrated in product liability defense litigation and complex commercial litigation, where she defends high-stakes product defect claims against leading manufacturers of automobiles, commercial vehicles and component parts, watercraft and marine products, aircraft, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and asbestos containing products. Her complex commercial litigation experience includes advising and defending insurance carriers on coverage issues and in claims for breach of contract and bad faith, defending companies in Limitation of Liability Act proceedings and defending construction defect cases.

Rachael Motzkus is a real estate attorney focusing on commercial development, office and retail leasing, acquisitions and dispositions of real property, title insurance, entitlements and land use issues, real estate financing, and partnerships and joint ventures. She assists a wide variety of clients ranging from landowners, developers, and tenants to real estate investment trusts (REITs) and asset management firms. Motzkus handles clean energy real estate projects including solar and wind land acquisition and development. She also assists homebuilders and other multi-use commercial developers in all stages of acquiring and developing real property.

Jeremy Stewart concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He represents clients in complex antitrust and securities litigation, professional liability litigation, contract disputes, regulatory enforcement actions and general business litigation. His commercial litigation experience includes all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation dispute resolution through appeal. Stewart has extensive experience representing clients before state and federal courts, in local and international arbitrations, in mediations and before numerous regulatory agencies.

Ben Welch is member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. He began his career as a criminal prosecutor and worked on both sides of the criminal bar. After trying felony cases before Utah juries, he transitioned to a civil practice where he now applies those same skills in high-conflict commercial litigation. Although his practice is diverse, Welch has a particular interest in litigation involving land use rights, real estate, and commercial leasing. Welch represents landlords and tenants, developers, and private homeowners all across the state in lease disputes, evictions, and development skirmishes in court as well as before planning commissions, city councils, and other regulatory bodies.

About Snell & Wilmer 
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 500 attorneys practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Dallas, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals, and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit