Employment and Labor Attorneys

Mark A. Wagner

Mark A. Wagner concentrates his practice in employment law, homeowners association law, and health care law, and serves as Chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor Practice Group.

In his employment practice, Mr. Wagner counsels and represents employers in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship, including employee recruiting, screening, and hiring; executive employment agreements; employment handbooks, policies, and procedures; employee leave; minimum wage and overtime pay; drug and alcohol testing, medical exams, and genetic testing; employee privacy; occupational safety and health; workplace violence and theft; employee personnel files and employer recordkeeping; employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; and employee discipline and termination.  He also counsels and represents employers in connection with confidentiality, nonsolicitation, and noncompete agreements, trade secrets, and employment inventions; and defends employers in audits, investigations, and proceedings before numerous federal and state agencies and courts.

Thomas R. Barton

Tom Barton is an experienced commercial attorney who has litigated a wide variety of business disputes—including matters related to employment, tax, natural resources and real estate, contracts, homeowner disputes, and professional liability cases. He has tried cases in the state, federal and tax courts, administrative forums, and handled appeals. A significant portion of Tom’s practice has always included employment and labor matters. He has experience drafting employment contracts, as well as handbooks and other workplace polices. He has represented employers in federal and state administrative proceedings, trial courts and courts of appeal. Tom has considerable experience with regard to non-compete and non-solicitation covenants, confidentiality agreements, and trade secrets. This includes pre-litigation actions to protect a company’s valuable information and goodwill, as well as fast-moving litigation that may be needed to restrain unlawful activities. Although traditional labor law matters are not the norm in Tom’s practice, he has handled unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB, and arbitration proceedings mandated by collective bargaining agreements. Tom primarily represents employers, but he has experience representing executive level employees in contract negotiations and separations, and other highly compensated employees in disputes with employers.

Tom graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994; and from the College of William & Mary (B.A. English) in 1990. He is admitted in all Utah courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court.

Tom has an AV [preeminent] rating from Martindale Hubbell, and has been selected as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine various times, including for 2017. Tom is currently the president of the Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler.

John S. Chindlund

John Chindlund practices employment and labor law, representing employers in all issues pertaining to the employer-employee relationship.

He handles matters involving the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and the Utah Anti-Discrimination and Labor Division.

Mr. Chindlund also represents employers regarding matters under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) including defending withdrawal liability claims.  For many years he has represented trustees of employee welfare and benefit plans governed by ERISA.  He also defends employers against state causes of action arising out of the employer-employee relationship, including wrongful termination actions, intentional tort claims, worker’s compensation and unemployment claims.  Helping employers negotiate collective bargaining agreements and arbitrate grievances under such agreements is another area in which he has wide experience.

Alex B. Leeman

Alex B. Leeman is a shareholder in Prince Yeates’s commercial litigation section where he assists Utah business of all sizes with their legal needs. Mr. Leeman has experience with a range of employment-related matters, including challenging and defending non-compete agreements, defending against wrongful termination and discrimination claims, and litigating claims for unpaid wages and commissions.

Mr. Leeman has also been retained by employers to conduct workplace investigations regarding violations of company policies and allegations of harassment and discrimination. He has also assisted with review and drafting of policy manuals, as wells as with employment contracts and compensation agreements. In all aspects of his practice, Mr. Leeman seeks to provide practical advice that will help clients make sound decisions, solve problems, and get back to business.