JAMES T. BLANCH portrait
  • Adjunct Professor, College Of Law


James Blanch has been a member of the Litigation department since 1993. James maintains a general civil litigation practice encompassing numerous subject areas. He places particular emphasis in his practice on qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act, plaintiffs' personal injury/wrongful death litigation, plaintiffs' medical malpractice and products liability litigation, defamation litigation, section 1983 litigation and commercial litigation. James has defended a number of attorneys in actions involving the application of the judicial proceeding privilege; he represented the prevailing party in the most recent Utah Supreme Court case discussing the elements of that privilege. James was a key member of the litigation team in the largest defense industry qui tam case in Utah and has more recently litigated several health care False Claims Act cases. James is active in several professional activities and organizations and served as President of the Salt Lake County Bar Association for 2004-2005. He is the chairman of the firm's hiring committee. Related Activities and Skills:• American Inns of Court, Vice-President, 2007-2008, Executive Committee, 2006 - present• Salt Lake County Bar Association, Executive Committee • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, Secretary Education:Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1993) University of Virginia (B.A., magna cum laude, 1990) Admissions:United States District Court, District of Utah, 1993 Utah State Bar, 1993 Publications:• Citizen Suits and Qui Tam Actions: Private Enforcement of Public Policy, National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1996, Co-authors Benedict S. Cohen, Stuart M. Gerson, & Evan Slavitt • The Constitutionality of the False Claims Act's Qui Tam Provision, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 3, Autumn 1993