Michael W. Homer

Michael is a practicing trial lawyer in Salt Lake City. He is the Managing Partner at the law firm of Suitter Axland, PLLC.

He is a member of the Utah State Bar and Idaho State Bar and is also authorized to appear before the United States Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He has been a trial attorney since 1981.  He specializes in construction and real property litigation.  He has represented contractors, investors, developers, owners, lending institutions, municipalities, counties, title insurance companies, bonding companies, and casualty insurance companies.  He has tried more than 100 trials in cases involving mechanic’s liens, easements, rights-of-way, breach of contract, property damage and personal injury claims, workmen’s compensation issues, contract disputes, bid disputes, and disputes involving compliance with bids and specifications and mechanic’s liens. He has also represented insurance companies (or their insureds) in environmental litigation involving toxic cleanup, RCRA, CIRCLA, and other environmental issues.

Practice Focus: Litigation; Construction Law; Real Property, Appellate Practice.

Education: Georgetown University; University of Utah (B.A., cum laude, 1976); University of Nebraska at Lincoln (J.D., 1981).

Community: Honorary Italian Vice Consul, State of Utah (2008-Present);  Chair, Board of State History, Utah State Historical Society (1997-Present);   Board of Directors, Fort Douglas Military Museum (2010-Present);  J. Willard Marriott Library Advisory Board, University of Utah (2009-Present);  Utah Advisory Committee, United States Commission of Civil Rights (2006-Present);  Board of Advisers, Office for Undergraduate Advancement, University of Utah (2005-Present);  President Club Committee, University of Utah (1998-Present);  Salt Lake Rotary Club (1991-Present), Richard L. Evans Fellow;  Alta Club, member (1991-Present), Board of Directors (2011-Present)

Appellate Decisions: Heil v. Iron County, 376 Fed. Appx. 868 (10th Cir. April 27, 2010); Dickson v. San Juan County, 355 Fed. Appx. 243 (10th Cir. December 10, 2009); Holdeman v. Devine, 572 F.3d 1190 (10th Cir. 2009); Lyman v. San Juan County, 294 Fed. Appx. 430 (10th Cir. October 1, 2008); Mullin v. Travelers Indem. Co., 541 F.3d 1219 (10th Cir. 2008); Boyett v. County of Washington, 282 Fed. Appx. 667 (10th Cir. June 19, 2008); MacArthur v. San Juan County, 495 F.3d 1157 (10th Cir. 2007); MacArthur v. San Juan County, 497 F.3d 1057 (10th Cir. 2007) (cert. denied by MacArthur v. San Juan County, 128 S. Ct. 1229, 170 L. Ed. 2d 62 (U.S., February 19, 2008)); Dreis v. Hietala, 221 Fed. Appx. 691 (10th Cir. January 26, 2007); Holdeman v. Devine, 474 F.3d 770 (10th Cir. 2007); Walker v. City of Orem, 451 F.3d 1139 (10th Cir. 2006); Curiale v. Hawkins, 139 Fed. Appx. 21 (10th Cir. May 19, 2005); Boswell v. Jasperson, 109 Fed. Appx. 270 (10th Cir. September 2, 2004); Peterson v. Jenson, 371 F.3d 1199 (10th Cir. 2004); SEC v. Marino, 29 Fed. Appx. 538 (10th Cir. January 25, 2002); Am. Graphics, Inc. v. Travelers Indem. Co., 17 Fed. Appx. 787 (10th Cir. June 14, 2001); Brown v. Washoe Housing Authority, 835 F.2d 1327 (10th Cir. 1988); Anschutz Land & Livestock Co. v. Union P. R. Co., 820 F.2d 338 (10th Cir. 1987); Gibson v. Greater Park City Co., 818 F.2d 722 (10th Cir. 1987); O’Connor v. Burningham, 2007 UT 58, 165 P.3d 1214; MFS Series Trust III v. Grainger, 2004 UT 61, 96 P.3d 927; Smith v. Frandsen, 2004 UT 55, 94 P.3d 919; Price Dev. Co. v. Orem City, 2000 UT 26, 995 P.2d 1237; Pacific Am. Constr. v. Security Union Title, 1999 UT 87, 987 P.2d 45; Sharon Steel Corp. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 931 P.2d 127 (Utah 1997); Cannefax v. Clement, 818 P.2d 546 (Utah 1991); Raithaus v. Saab-Scandia, 784 P.2d 1158 (Utah 1989); State v. Eldredge, 773 P.2d 29 (Utah 1989); American States Ins. Co. v. Utah Transit Auth., 699 P.2d 1210 (Utah 1985); Margulies v. Upchurch, 696 P.2d 1195 (Utah 1985); Tooele Assocs. LP v. Tooele City, 2011 UT App 36; Handy v. United States Bank, N.A., 2008 UT App 9, 117 P.3d 80; Pace v. St. George City Police Dep’t, 2006 UT App 494, 153 P.3d 789; McEwan v. Mt. Land Support Corp., 2005 UT App 240, 116 P.3d 955; Alternative Options & Servs. for Children v. Chapman, 2004 UT App 488, 106 P.3d 744; Pride Stables v. Homestead Golf Club, Inc., 2003 UT App 411, 82 P.3d 198; Homer v. Smith, 866 P.2d 622 (Utah Ct. App. 1993); Ketchum v. Heritage Mt. Dev. Co., 784 P.2d 1217 (Utah Ct. App. 1989);

Published Articles: “The Establishment Clause and Its Application in the Public Schools,” 59 Nebraska Law Review 1143, 1980;  “Auditing Partnership Tax Shelters: IRS Procedures and Taxpayer Liability,” 60 Nebraska Law Review, 564, 1981;  “The Territorial Judiciary: An Overview of the Nebraska Experience, 1954-1967,” Nebraska History 63 (Fall 1982), 349-380; “The Judiciary and the Common Law in Utah Territory, 1850-1861,” Dialogue 21:1 (Spring 1988), 97-108;  “Protection of Religion under the First Amendment: Church Universal and Triumphant ,” Church Universal and Triumphant in Scholarly Perspective, A Special Issue of Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture, (Stanford, CA: Center for Academic Publication, 1994), 119-137;  “Utah Construction Law: Recovery for Non-Payment,” Utah Bar Journal 9:5 (May 1996), 8-11; “The Judiciary and the Common Law in Utah: A Centennial Celebration,” Utah Bar Journal 9:7 (August/September 1996), 13-17; “The Precarious Balance between Freedom of Religion and the Best Interests of the Child,” in Susan J. Palmer and Charlotte E. Hardman, eds., Children in New Religions (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 199), 187-209; “New Religions in the Republic of Italy,” in James T. Richardson, ed., Regulating Religion: Case Studies from around the globe (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publications, 2004), 203-12; “Children in New Religious Movements: The Mormon Experience.” In Eugene V. Gallagher and William M. Ashcraft, eds., Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America, 5 vols. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), I:224-242.

Personal: Born: Salt Lake City, Utah, April 22, 1953;  admitted to bar, 1981, Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah;  1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 2008, Idaho.