Fran Wikstrom
Parsons Behle & Latimer
Fran Wikstrom is a “generalist” trial lawyer. He enjoys mastering complex factual and legal scenarios and teaching them to judges and juries who are also “generalists.” Most of his practice consists of complex civil litigation and white collar criminal cases. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1974, he was admitted to the Utah State Bar. Following several years in private practice, he joined the United States Attorney’s Office as an Assistant United States Attorney, and, in 1981, he was appointed by the United States District Court to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah. He has been with Parsons Behle & Latimer since 1982. During his career he has tried cases in numerous states involving patent infringement, trade secrets, contracts, real property, shareholder disputes, construction claims, employment, premises liability, franchises, fraud, and white collar crimes. He has also handled cases involving toxic torts, CERCLA, RCRA, and TSCA, trade dress, environmental crimes, tax fraud, securities fraud, and EPCM contracts. He has argued appeals before the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He is a Fellow and Past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the American Bar Foundation. He is a Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court II, and a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism. He served as Chair of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure from 1998-2013.