Stephen J Hill
Steve Hill was a senior partner for nearly 15 years at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City, where his law practice focused primarily on representation of plaintiffs in business cases. Previously he was a partner for 19 years at Snow, Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City, and he began his legal career as an associate at Lane Powell in Seattle. In addition to litigation, he has advised several early-stage companies regarding governance, protection of intellectual property, finance and other small business matters. Mr. Hill’s most notable cases include Caldera v. Microsoft, an antitrust case in which his client recovered $280 million from Microsoft, the 2007 San Diego Wildfire Litigation, in which his clients collectively recovered over $135 million from San Diego Gas & Electric, and Allen et al. vs. Pacificorp, in which his clients recovered over $30 million for damages suffered in the 2012 Wood Hollow Fire, one of the largest wildfires in Utah history. He has been listed Super Lawyers and Utah’s Legal Elite, and has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. He currently is listed in Best Lawyers in America Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions and has been Lawyer of the Year for both Litigation – Antitrust and Litigation- Banking and Finance.
For several years, Mr. Hill served on the Brigham Young University Law School Alumni Board, including a year as president of the law school alumni association. In that capacity, he spearheaded a fundraising effort for the establishment of a program in Law and Entrepreneurship. He continues to serve on the law school’s advisory board.
Mr. Hill is one of the founders of the Ragnar Relay Series, which today consists of approximately 40 long-distance road running relays in locations throughout the United States. Mr. Hill and his partners launched the series in 2004, beginning with the 200-mile Wasatch Back Relay in Utah. Twenty-two teams of 12 runners participated in the first Wasatch Back. The Ragnar Relay Series is the largest running relay series in the world. When Mr. Hill and his partners founded the Wasatch Back Relay in 2004, there were few branded running series anywhere, and virtually none outside the United States. Since 2004, there has been an explosion of themed running series worldwide. Mr. Hill assisted in the founding of the Electric Run, a themed 5K run, as an investor and general counsel. The Electric Run has presented events throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and was acquired in September 2014 by Bigsley Event House.
Mr. Hill has also been involved in other early-stage companies as a founder, officer, and counsel. From 2000-2004, he served as an officer and director of Linux Networx, Inc., including as CEO from 2001-2003. While he was CEO, Linux Networx built the third-fastest supercomputer in the world and secured over $40 million in venture financing. He is an investor in and member of the board of directors of Farasha, Limited, a Tanzania limited liability company, which owns and operates the Nashera Hotel in Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania. Since 2018, he has assisted the NAACP in establishing new relationships, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Brigham Young University Law School.
Mr. Hill has published articles and has been a speaker at seminars on a range of subjects including antitrust and intellectual property law, among them a seminar sponsored by the International Intellectual Property Institute in Beijing, China. He spoke in December 2014 on cultural trends in running events at the Hupu Sports Summit in Shanghai, China. He is currently writing a memoir about his Ragnar Relay Series experience.