Elected Member

Austin James Riter

Salt Lake City, UT
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Education
Yale University, B.A.
University of Utah College of Law, J.D.

Austin Riter is Shareholder of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless. He is a commercial litigator.  He has broad experience representing clients in a wide array of complex business and commercial litigation matters, including First Amendment, employment, intellectual property, appellate, contract, tort, real property, securities, and other general business disputes.  He has particular expertise in First Amendment and media litigation, including open records laws, access to court proceedings, defamation, and privacy; and in public and private employment law, including employment contracts and policies and procedures, employee misconduct, investigations, termination and discipline, and civil rights.

Mr. Riter is a periodic lecturer on federal courts and media and employment law-related issues and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College of Law.  He also dedicates a significant portion of his practice to pro bono legal work, including helping to staff the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline at Parr Brown, which provides free legal assistance to Utah journalists; representing plaintiffs in civil rights and wrongful conviction cases; and representing children as a Utah Private Guardian ad Litem in cases involving issues of custody, visitation, abuse, or neglect.

Mr. Riter’s experience includes trial and appellate litigation, mediation, and arbitration, and he is admitted to all state and federal courts in the State of Utah as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His philosophy for his law practice is to be a problem solver for his clients, helping them to find legal and practical solutions to their disputes in a cost-effective manner.

From 2013-2018, Mr. Riter has been named to the Mountain States Super Lawyers list, a recognition received by the top five percent of Utah lawyers each year.  He has most recently been recognized by Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite “Up & Coming” lawyers.

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Areas of Expertise
Employment Law
First Amendment (Constitutional Law)
Media (Communications Law)
Private Law