Shane T. Peterson

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Shane T. Peterson


Direct Line : 801.323.2260

Fax : 801.596.2814

215 South State Street Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111


Shane T. Peterson is a litigation attorney at Fabian VanCott who specializes in complex commercial actions. In the course of his career, Shane has gained widespread recognition in the Utah legal community as an effective attorney who works well with others to achieve results. Accordingly, he was twice recognized as “Young Lawyer of the Year:” once by Utah Defense Lawyers Association for his distinguished contribution to the legal community, and again by the Construction Defect Dispute Conference for his successful representation of developers and contractors in some of the largest multiparty construction defect actions in the state of Utah.

Prior to entering the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, Shane gained extensive insider experience working in the construction industry as a concrete and excavation contractor who performed work on large civil, commercial and residential projects. Shane has leveraged his entrepreneurial experience to successfully represent clients in high stakes civil actions including employment and contract disputes, construction and land use actions, mechanics lien claims, general liability claims, catastrophic worksite injury actions, professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Shane’s insider experience uniquely positions him to understand and efficiently represent his clients.

Shane has a history of volunteering in the Utah community. He was on the River Restoration Advisory Board for Utah Open Lands where he advised their in house ecologist with respect to excavation activities associated with restoration of riparian ecosystems; he volunteered as a guide for Cottonwood Canyons Foundation’s “Tour with a Ranger” program in which he educated skiers visiting Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts on the history, geological features and wildlife of the canyons; and Shane served as Professional Development Committee Chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar. In his spare time, Mr. Peterson enjoys skiing, fishing and other outdoor activities with his family.


“YOUNG LAWYER OF THE YEAR” Construction Defect Dispute Conference, 2017

“HORIZON AWARD” Utah Defense Lawyers Association, 2017

Engaged in high stakes commercial litigation including litigating on behalf of medical professionals, attorneys, business owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors and subcontractors. Shane’s responsibilities included composing and responding to written discovery, legal research, drafting legal memoranda, motion practice, depositions, appearances at hearings and trial, and management of cases from inception to resolution.

Owner and President of an excavation/concrete flatwork and retaining wall installation company. Shane provided oversight of all aspects of the business: cost estimating for residential, commercial and civil projects including excavation, rock/block retaining walls, supervision of excavation and concrete crews, quality control, contract negotiations and project procurement.

As Vice-President, Shane provided general oversight and management of excavation/retaining wall crews; hired and trained new employees; monitored contract compliance; tracked production; maintained quality control and customer relations; established and maintained a productive and positive company culture.

Shane Supervised various crews on large heavy highway and Salt Lake International Airport projects.

Representative Projects

Gables at Sterling Village Homeowners Association v. Castlewood Sterling Village: Shane Represented a developer in a construction defect dispute. Shane’s responsibilities included drafting and arguing pre-trial motions and cross-examining expert witnesses at trial including architects, geotechnical engineers and contractors. Obtained a directed verdict. Case was appealed directly to the Utah Supreme Court. The Supreme Court upheld the lower court decision.

CDC Restoration, LC v. Retain-it Plus, LLC: A construction arbitration in which Shane represented the Respondent. The Claimant asserted a breach of contract claim and sought damages in excess of $50,000. At the conclusion of the Arbitration, the Arbitrator awarded the Claimant a nominal amount of less than $300.00. Shane oversaw and took the lead on all aspects of the arbitration.

Karen Nickell v. Alder Construction, LLC: A wrongful death action in which Shane represented the property owner in a fatal construction accident. Plaintiff’s decedent, electrician engaged in the installation of a solar array, tragically fell to his death through a skylight. Responsibilities included drafting written discovery, taking and defending depositions, and drafting motion for summary judgment on negligence, retained control doctrine and premises liability grounds. Composed mediation briefing, and case successfully settled.

Bella Monte Homeowners Ass., LLC v. Compass Development et. al.: Represented developer in large construction defect action involving a condo/townhome community. On motion, Shane precluded the Plaintiff from introducing any evidence of damages, which ultimately prevented Plaintiff from meeting its burden at trial. Case successfully settled at mediation.


J.D., S.J. Quinney School of Law, University of Utah, 2013
• Cali Award: Top Student in Land Use Control
• Global Justice Think Tank
• Moot Court

B.A, University of Utah, 2000
• Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
• Mortar Board Honors Society
• Phi Beta Kapp Honors Society

Community Service

Intern for Ski Utah, 2001-2002: Assisted with marketing and sales for Utah Ski Resorts.

River Restoration Advisory Board for Utah Open Lands, 2005-2010: Advised ecologist, Arthur Morris, with regard to excavation activities related to restoration of riparian ecosystems.

Volunteer Guide for the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, “Tour With a Ranger,” 2010-2011: Educate tourists at Cottonwood Canyons Ski Resorts with regard to history, geological features and wildlife in the area.

Young Lawyers Division-Utah State Bar, 2017-2018: Professional Development Committee Chair.