Ryan Frazier is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation sections. His practice focuses on civil and commercial lawsuits, with a specific emphasis on representing employers in employment disputes. He has extensive experience representing clients in discrimination, harassment, noncompetition and leave disputes. He has tried cases before judges, juries, arbitrators, and administrative panels, ranging from one-day bench trials to a seven-week jury trial. Regardless of whether he is litigating in state or federal courts or engaging in alternatives to the court system, such as mediation or arbitration, he takes an efficient, results-oriented approach to problem solving.

Drawing upon his education, training, and experience, he regularly advises employers regarding sensitive employment matters, including termination issues, discrimination and harassment allegations, sexual harassment investigations, leave issues, wage and hour issues, and accommodations for persons with disabilities. He routinely drafts and reviews employment contracts, noncompetition and confidentiality restrictive covenants, employee handbooks, separation agreements and policies relating to employment.

He previously served as Chair of the firm’s Litigation section and has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar. Before joining Kirton McConkie in 2005, he was a judicial clerk for Associate Chief Justice Leonard H. Russon, Utah Supreme Court (2001-2002) and worked as an associate at a Salt Lake City law firm specializing in litigation.

Mr. Frazier has been recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite and one of the Mountain States Super Lawyers for business litigation.


  • Successfully defended the region’s biggest integrated healthcare organization against antitrust claims for $89 million in damages, vindicating the organization’s rights to select its providers. The decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • Procured judgment dismissing all claims brought against a developer in which the plaintiff was seeking a $2.7 million deficiency judgment following a non-judicial foreclosure and obtained an award of over $200,000 in attorney fees for the developer incurred in defending against the claims.
  • Obtained court-issued temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunction orders prohibiting and enjoining former employees from competing with clients in cases involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Obtained judgment for a credit union against former employee claiming age and disabilities discrimination lawsuit.
  • Successfully defended multiple employers against charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC and state agencies.
  • Successfully led a trial team proving a lease-option to purchase actually constituted an equitable mortgage. Attorney fees were awarded and the client was able to reclaim the home.
  • Has favorably resolved Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Age Discrimination in Employment (ADEA) claims brought against employers as well as issues arising from non-compete agreements.

News & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • Expansion of LGBT Rights Under Title VII: What Companies Can Do to Foster Inclusiveness and Minimize the Risk of Costly Lawsuits
    Las Vegas, Nevada, 11.16.2017
  • The Uber Effect: How to Conduct Wage and Hour Audits to Determine Proper Classification of Contractors and Employees
    Las Vegas, Nevada, 11.15.2017
  • Advanced Employment Law: What You Need to Know” (Independent Contractors: Detecting Employer Missteps” and “ADA – From Accommodations to Discrimination”
    Salt Lake City, Utah, 06.14.2017
  • FMLA Leave Essentials” and “ADA – From Accommodations to Discrimination”
    Salt Lake City, Utah, 06.13.2017
  • Expansion of LGBT Rights Under Title VII: What Companies Can Do to Foster Inclusiveness and Minimize the Risk of Costly Lawsuits
    Las Vegas, Nevada, 11.11.2016
  • Based On Sex: Understanding the Anatomy of Gender Nonconformity, Sexual Orientation, and Sex Bias Claims Under Title VII
    Las Vegas, Nevada, 11.11.2016
  • Salt Lake City, UT, 06.11.2014
  • Deciphering FMLA, ADA and Worker's Compensation Issues
    Salt Lake City, UT, 06.12.2013
  • Believe It or Not Business Lawsuits: Frivolous or Legitimate?
    Salt Lake City, UT, 06.22.2012


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