Wahlquist, David M.


  Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
 +801-328-3600
 +801-321-4893
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Mr. Wahlquist is a member of the firm's Litigation section. His diverse litigation practice for commercial and construction clients has included projects in all 50 U.S. states as well as Canada, Europe, Africa, Mexico, South America, Asia and Guam. Mr. Wahlquist has successfully litigated cases in numerous state and federal courts.

Representation frequently includes business entities, property owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors to resolve real estate, contract, construction and other commercial disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and/or litigation.

Mr. Wahlquist has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association for 27 years and has been recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite in the business litigation category, Best Lawyers for commercial, construction and real estate litigation and Mountain States Super Lawyers for business litigation.

Experience

   Real Estate, Contract and Construction litigation:

  • Obtained $17 million jury verdict in real estate dispute in Arizona
  • Obtained $2.2 million judgment in breach of contract/fraud case in Utah
  • Procured $2.7 million settlement payment for breach of contract claim in Colombia
  • Procured $1.5 million settlement payment for breach of distributorship contract in Singapore
  • Procured $1.4 million settlement payment in breach of contract/product defect claim covering 100 projects in US and Canada
  • Procured $550,000 settlement payment for legal malpractice claim from New York firm
  • Procured $400,000 settlement payment for personal injury claim in Utah
  • Procured $325,000 settlement payment for insurer malpractice claim in Utah
  • Procured dismissal of $30 million breach of contract claim through partial summary judgment
  • Procured dismissal of $30 million breach of distributorship contract claim through partial summary judgment
  • Procured dismissal of $1.5 million breach of partnership agreement claim through partial summary judgment
  • Negotiated dismissal of $1.0 million loan fraud claims with FDIC
  • Negotiated settlement of $1.2 million breach of contract claim for project in Saudi Arabia
  • Procured settlement of $1.5 million construction contract claim through partial summary judgment

   Arbitration & Mediation:

  • Served as arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in numerous matters for 27 years.
  • Chaired AAA panel hearing breach of contract claim regarding Boise hotel, including 5-week hearing.
  • Served as private mediator in resolving several real estate and construction disputes.
  • Successfully represented parties in numerous breach of contract, real property and construction arbitrations.

   Representative Clients (Past and Current):

  • Novell, Inc.
  • Layton Construction Company
  • Ensign-Bickford Company
  • Western Mortgage Loan Association
  • Innovative Coatings, Inc.
  • North America Savings & Loan Association
  • Furst Construction Company
  • Sydney Pollock Architects
  • Createrra, Inc.
  • Medmaster, Inc.
  • Associated Food Stores, Inc.
  • Dunham-Bush, Inc.
  • Deseret Trust Company
  • International Investment & Development Company
  • Smile Asia Pte, Ltd.
  • Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Skanska USA

Education

  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 1981
    • Member, Board of Advocates
    • Outstanding Oral Advocate, 1981
  • University of Utah, B.S., Mathematics, cum laude, 1978

Admissions

   Bar Admissions

  • Utah State Bar, admitted 1981

   Other Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1993
  • United States Supreme Court, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1991
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah, 1981
  • All Utah State Courts, 1981

   Affiliations

  • Utah State Bar Association: Litigation, ADR and Construction Law Sections
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association's Litigation Section and Forum on the Construction Industry
  • American Arbitration Association's Construction Panel
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Practice Area
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business
  • Litigation, Trials & Appeals