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John Roland Lund

John Roland Lund

Serving Western Colorado. Big City Lawyers. Main Street Sense.
  • Real Estate Law, Products Liability, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
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Mr. Lund focuses his practice on challenging litigation and trial work throughout the West. With a 30 year jury trial record that is both extensive and successful, he has earned his place as a go-to attorney for clients with high-stakes cases. In 2011, Mr. Lund obtained one of the largest jury verdicts ever awarded in Utah, over $54 million in lost profit damages for his client’s resort development rights. In 2014, he represented the landlord of the Park City ski terrain in successfully terminating the lease of the prior operator, which led to Vail Resort’s combination of Park City and Canyons into the largest single ski area in the country. Mr. Lund uses all the tools of the litigation process to efficiently achieve the best outcome at the best time for his client – whether that is a settlement or a full-blown trial. Mr. Lund also provides mediation services and trial consulting, including mock trials, focus groups, theme development and presentation techniques, to help other lawyers as well as clients prepare for and navigate the real-life experience and risk of trial by jury. Mr. Lund is recognized by Chambers USA as one of Utah's leading lawyers for commercial litigation. He is also named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Products Liability Litigation. Chambers USA writes: “John Lund's recent trial successes have served to bolster his already healthy reputation in the local market. He is experienced at dealing with the most complex of commercial disputes.”

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Products Liability
  • Arbitration & Mediation
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    I will provide fixed fee quotes for all areas of service, including litigation, trial consulting and mediation
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Professional Experience
President 2017-2018
Utah State Bar
Voting member of the body adminstering the Utah Judiciary
Utah Judicial Council
Third District Commissioner
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The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
J.D. (1984) | Law
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University of Colorado - Boulder
B.A. (1981) | Economics
Honors: magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
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Professional Associations
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
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American Board of Trial Advocates
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Legal Answers
24 Questions Answered

Q. Retail Business Space Lease
A: If you sign the personal guarantee then yes, at least as to the obligation to pay rent and any other lease obligations covered by the guarantee, you will not have the LLC's protection from personal liability. The LLC's protection would continue in all other respects, such as if the business were sued for a personal injury on the premises. However, you may need to have the lessor added to your premise liability insurance so that they have protection as well. These sort of guarantees are not unusual in commercial lease situations. The lessor is looking for assurance that you will perform under the lease, especially pay the rent and not default during the term. This may be negotiable but you probably will need to otherwise satisfy the lessor's concerns. Sometimes that can be done with strong financials for the business, etc. Or you can pledge some other asset.
Q. Question on Retail Lease
A: Your option to renew is an enforceable contract right. So long as you have complied fully with the notice requirements and are not in default on the lease, it is your unilateral right to renew at the rates set by the lease. If your position is valid then if you remain past the end of the current term the landlord would have to file a lawsuit and seek an order of eviction. But if you have validly renewed the lease then you should be able to defeat that eviction action. You could go to court first by filing a case seeking a declaration from the court of your right but I would advise that you first retain an attorney to help you address this with letters and discussion with the landlord. Other terms may be negotiated in your favor in connection with the renewal.
Q. In CO , can a new owner deny access to a 3rd party previously allowed use of land to access 3rd party's own land
A: Such access rights can arise through various ways, contract, deed, course of dealings, etc. And they are usually consider to "run with the land." That means that the seller's conveyance of the property to you would be subject to whatever valid and enforceable rights to access existed at the time of the transfer. In other words, you would have no more right to deny the 3rd party access than the seller had right before the transfer. The existence of alternate means of access is a good fact for you because it makes it difficult for the 3rd party to claim an easement by necessity. Just be sure there is not another basis for their claim to use the land for access, such as a contract, deed, plat or even verbal agreement on which they have relied. To be more certain there is no such right, you should consider engaging counsel to investigate.
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Carbondale, CO 81623
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Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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