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Wilson Sonsini’s Salt Lake Office Lands Former Top Utah Jurist

April 12, 2022, 5:33 PM

Former Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham is joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Salt Lake City office, expanding its appellate practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

Durham, the first woman to serve on Utah’s Supreme Court, will be senior of counsel at the Silicon Valley-based firm with clients such as DoorDash.com, Twitter Inc., and Salesforce.com.

Durham’s addition raises to 14 the number of Wilson Sonsini lawyers in the region, including Deno Himonas, who served with Durham on the Utah Supreme Court and joined the firm in March after retiring from the bench. Salt Lake City has attracted other Big Law firms, including Kirkland & Ellis and Foley & Lardner, lured by the city’s growing start-up activity.

Durham was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court in 1982 after a stint as a state district court judge. In 2002, she also became the state high court’s first woman chief justice and held that position until 2012. After retiring from the bench in 2017, she joined Salt Lake City appellate law firm Zimmerman Booher the next year.

Doug Clark, Wilson Sonsini managing partner, said in a statement that Durham had a “legacy of undertaking important initiatives, like those that focus on equal access to justice, foundational legal rights, and judicial education, accountability, and administration.”

Durham, who currently co-chairs the Utah State Bar Access to Justice Commission, helped create the National Association of Women Judges and Women Lawyers of Utah.

At the outset of her career, Durham, who in 1971 began her career teaching legal medicine at Duke University Law Medical School, and later had a law practice representing private clients in domestic law, employment law and personal injury cases.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson at egolson1@gmail.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Crawley at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com