Our Commitments

When the firm was first established, and as it has grown, the members of the firm have made commitments, based upon our common desires, interests and goals. We continually strive to meet these commitments.

Please review our commitments, and feel free to suggest additional commitments, or to tell us how well we are or are not meeting our commitments, through our contact page.

Our Commitments ...

TO THE PUBLIC

  • We are committed to honesty, integrity and service to the public at large. In serving our clients, we will always be mindful of the societal consequences of our conduct.

  • We are committed to public service. Members of the firm will make contributions of time and money in an effort to bring about fairness and justice in society.

TO THE BAR

  • We are committed to always conduct ourselves in a professional and dignified manner.

  • We are committed to always treat other counsel with professionalism, and we will keep abreast of and comply with the highest applicable standards of professionalism, including the Lawyers’ Creed of Professionalism.

  • We are committed to sharing our skills and knowledge with other lawyers, through service on bar committees, and presentations to fellow members of the bar on all issues, including but not limited to employment law, probate litigation, condominium and HOA law, construction defect litigation and other areas of property law.

TO OUR CLIENTS

  • We are committed to consistently providing our best efforts and abilities for our clients.

  • We are committed to being accessible and responsive to our clients. Upon retention of the firm, all clients are given the direct telephone #s for the attorneys working on their cases, and if we are available, we will answer calls when they ring. If you miss us and leave a voicemail message, we are committed to getting back to you within 24 hours of the message.

  • We will always strive to protect our clients from encountering problems, and we will work to resolve those problems that are brought to us as efficiently and effectively as we are able.

  • We are committed to helping our clients through the stress, concerns and questions that inevitably arise in the legal system.

  • We will take the time and effort to assure that our clients understand what is happening in their representation, and why.

  • We are committed to providing high quality legal services at a very competitive cost. Our hourly rates are at or below the comparable rates of many lawyers of similar qualifications and experience, and we have found that our efficiencies often result in lower bills, for similar services, than other firms' bills.

  • We are committed, to the extent reasonably possible, to meet or exceed the expectations of our clients.

  • We are committed to assisting our clients in avoiding the need for our extensive, and in turn expensive, representation. In this regard, we are committed to keeping our clients informed of their legal rights and obligations, in the hope that they may avoid problems, and in turn, the need to call on us to resolve their problems. While this may seem contrary to our interests, we firmly believe that what is best for our clients is also best for us. We believe that a lawyer who can keep their client out of trouble is better than a lawyer who can get their client out of trouble.

  • We are committed, in connection with our community association law practice, to improve the manner in which condominiums and HOAs in Utah are governed. We do this through active participation in the Utah Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, training of groups, counseling of board members and other association leaders, and, when necessary, the representation of parties in connection with disputes that do arise.

TO WOMEN

  • There are lots of firms out there who tout their "Women Lawyers Groups," suggesting their enlightenment and progressiveness as to the value of diversity in a law practice.

  • Our "Women Lawyer's Group" is, and has almost always represented the majority of the firm. From the day that Margaret Olson joined us in early 2000, the firm's gender makeup has always been at least 50%, and usually 75% or more, female.

  • We're proud of our great women -- past and present -- and the contributions that they have made, and continue to make to the practice of law in Utah.

TO THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Hobbs Peak Properties, the owner of the building at 466 East 500 South, Hobbs & Olson, L.C., and the co-tenants in our building, Hobbs Mediation and the Utah Society for Environmental Education, are all deeply committed to practices that help our local and global environment. We believe that concern about the environmental consequences of our actions cannot be overstated, and we do all that we can to minimize our, and our clients’ impacts on the environment. When the building was purchased, the interior was modified to include low-energy lighting, energy efficient windows for the replaced windows, EnergyStar appliances and timed thermostats on all levels. Replacement of the HVAC system included a high-efficiency heating and cooling system, and heating and cooling is set at reasonable levels. Recently, Hobbs Peak Properties has replaced all of the windows with high-efficiency, energy efficient windows, have replaced the roof with an insulated white membrane roof, and have installed 30 photovoltaic solar panels, to create a 7.2 watt solar system, which is anticipated to produce most of the electricity needs of the building and its occupants. Occupants of the building all have individual cloth towels assigned to them in order to avoid paper waste, and the office strives to recycle all possible waste products, through the public option for general waste, and a shredding service which shreds and then recycles confidential paper matters.

  • We also encourage lawyers and employees throughout the building to participate in green initiatives—and to propose ideas for reducing our impact on the environment.

  • In 2008, we published the firm's environmental policy in order to challenge and encourage other law firms to adopt similar policies and actions.

AMONG OURSELVES

  • Hobbs & Olson is committed to being a great place for clients to come, but equally importantly, we are committed to being a great place to work. We constantly strive to perform to the best of our abilities for our clients, but we do that for ourselves, as well.

  • Our commitments to one another include providing support, encouragement and assistance to one another in providing great services to our clients. Each of us are ready, willing and able to support one another, with any need or expertise that any of our clients may have.

TO OUR EDUCATION

  • We are committed to keeping ourselves abreast of the rapidly developing fields in which we practice, and in keeping our trial and alternative dispute skills sharp, by presenting educational programs to others, and by regularly attending these programs ourselves.

  • All of the attorneys in the firm regularly attend local seminars sponsored by the Utah State Bar and other organizations, and we often travel out of state to receive educational opportunities not available locally.

  • All of the attorneys regularly practicing in our homeowner association practice have regularly attended the annual Community Association Law Seminar sponsored by the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL);

  • Lincoln has attended the CCAl Conference annually since 2001. In addition. Lincoln co-presented at the seminar in 2005 on the area of architectural guidelines and their enforcement, in 2008 regarding the CCAL Amicus program, in 2009 regarding green practices and sustainability in community associations, and in 2011 on dealing with difficult people.

  • Lincoln presented a national telephonic seminar on Amending Community Association Documents for the National Business Institute; the program will be re-broadcast, with a follow up question and answer period.

  • In 2007, Julie Ladle attended the annual community association document drafting seminar sponsored by ALI-ABA; in 2005, Lincoln attended the annual document drafting seminar for Resort Developments. Lincoln attended the community association document drafting seminar in 2001 and again in 2008.

TO OTHERS' EDUCATION

  • We are committed to keeping our clients and others abreast of the rapidly developing fields in which they work by presenting educational programs to our clients and others. In this regard, we regularly present, and have invested in a training center and web site to assist in education.

  • Information respecting community association law, primarily in the states of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, can be found at UtahCondoLaw.com.