Heather M. Sneddon
Combining sound strategy and zealous advocacy with a healthy dose of pragmatism, Heather has consistently achieved creative, cost-effective solutions for her clients. She has successfully represented both individuals and businesses in complex cases, including contract, trade secret, copyright infringement, and real estate disputes, professional liability matters, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and the prosecution and defense of all manner of business torts in both state and federal court. Heather also has served as local counsel for numerous out-of-state attorneys and their clients, and as co- and liaison plaintiffs’ counsel in national class action litigation.
While in law school, Heather interned at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sandra N. Peuler of the Third District Court. She joined Anderson & Karrenberg in 2003, and became a shareholder in 2008. She currently serves as the President of the firm.
As a native Utahn and avid supporter of the arts, Heather serves on the boards of two local non-profit arts organizations. In 2012, she relished the honor of participating in a staged reading of Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Salt Lake Acting Company alongside many accomplished, well-respected and vibrant women in the community.
Heather’s peers have recognized her among "Utah’s Legal Elite" in civil litigation, she has been rated a “Top Business Litigation Attorney” by Mountain States Super Lawyers and chosen as one of "America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators," and she has received the Utah State Bar President’s Award for exceptional service to the legal profession and community.
J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2002
A.B., Religious Studies, Brown University, 1999
U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2008
Member, Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure
Mentor, Utah Supreme Court’s New Lawyer Training Program
Member and Past Chair, Utah State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee
Member, Utah State Bar Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee
Member, Women Lawyers of Utah
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, Salt Lake County Bar Association
Estate of Price v. Hodkin, 2019 UT App 137
Roberts v. C.R. England, 318 F.R.D. 457 (D. Utah 2017)
StorageCraft Tech. Corp. v. Kirby, 744 F.3d 1183 (10th Cir. 2014)
Volvo Commercial Fin., LLC The Americas v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2007 UT App 209, 163 P.3d 723
Obtained a reversal from the Utah Court of Appeals in a dispute regarding ownership of mineral rights in the Uinta Basin dating back to a transaction from the 1960’s. The district court granted summary judgment for the plaintiff, but the Court of Appeals reversed, adopting the firm’s argument that the doctrine of laches precluded the plaintiff from challenging the transaction 47 years after it took place.
Won an expedited arbitration trial on behalf of a local manufacturer of shipping container housing, obtaining a $1.3 million arbitration award against the defendant for fraud that was later affirmed by the court, including punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, and successfully removing the defendant as a member of the company.
Together with co-counsel, won a hard fought battle for class certification on behalf of a class of over 17,500 plaintiffs asserting claims for fraudulent misrepresentation and violations of consumer protection statutes against a prominent local trucking company in a “bet-the-company” case, and subsequently settled the case on behalf of the class for $37.8 million in addition to the forgiveness of significant existing, disputed debts and other benefits to class members.
Successfully represented employees of national and international companies in negotiating favorable limitations on existing non-competition agreements.
Achieved a multi-million dollar settlement of copyright infringement and related claims on behalf of a software company against a distributor-turned-competitor.
Obtained an award of nearly $170,000 in sanctions against a client’s competitor upon discovery of the competitor’s flagrant violations of the court’s protective order.
Successfully represented a software company in a copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation case, obtaining a jury verdict against the defendant of $3 million, and an additional award of $2 million in exemplary damages and attorneys’ fees from the court, which were upheld on appeal.
Evicted a commercial tenant for non-payment and obtained a $90,000 judgment for the landlord, including attorneys’ fees, following a bench trial.
Obtained the complete dismissal of a derivative action brought by a disgruntled shareholder against the client and an award of over $130,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
Member, Board of Directors, Dance Theater Coalition
Member, Board of Trustees, Utah Lawyers for the Arts
Former Member, Board of Trustees, Salt Lake Acting Company (2011-2015)
Received the Utah State Bar’s Section of the Year Award on behalf of the Litigation Section as Chair (2019)
Rated a “Top Business Litigation Attorney” by Mountain States Super Lawyers (2017, 2018, 2019)
Chosen as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® (2017, 2018, 2019)
Received the Utah State Bar President’s Award for exceptional service to the legal profession and community (2016)
Rated among Utah Business Magazine’s Utah Legal Elite™ in Civil Litigation (2015)