Chad R. Derum

Chad R. Derum



Practice Areas

Appellate Law Business Litigation Labor & Employment Intellectual Property and Technology

Chad R. Derum is a partner at Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar. Mr. Derum is a business lawyer, focusing his practice on difficult commercial disputes and employment-related matters. Mr. Derum works diligently to understand client concerns and develop practical solutions. Mr. Derum has also obtained tangible results. In 2014, Mr. Derum obtained one of Utah’s largest civil jury verdicts, more than $37 million, in his client’s dispute with one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The case, which involved complex intellectual property licensing issues, resulted in jury verdicts on fraud and breach of contract totaling $25 million, in addition to a $12 million punitive damages award.

Mr. Derum also litigates, and consults on, a wide variety of employment-related matters. These include representing employers in Title VII employment discrimination claims, claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.   Mr. Derum also has extensive experience litigating employment contracts, including representing both employers and employees in non-competition, non-solicitation and trade secret disputes.

Mr. Derum has earned recognition as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, a member of Utah Business’ Legal Elite, an AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell and inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.


  • J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah (2002)
    • Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
    • William H. Leary Scholar
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Stephen Pierre Traynor Legal Writing Prize
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University, cum laude (1995)


  • Law Clerk to Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, Utah Supreme Court (2002-2003)

Licenses and Admissions

  • Utah (2002)
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Executive Committee of the Utah State Bar Appellate Law Section (2011-2016)
  • Chair, Utah State Bar Constitutional Law Section (2008-2009)
  • Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar (2004-2008)
  • Member, American Inns of Court, David K. Watkiss – Sutherland II Inn of Court

Professional Recognitions and Honors

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®, Litigation, Commercial Law and Labor and Employment
  • The Best Lawyers in America®,
    • Commercial Litigation (2021)
    • Litigation, Labor and Employment (2016-2021)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star (2013-2014, 2016, 2018, 2021)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer®, Business Litigation and Employment & Labor (2013-2021)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer®, Rising Star (2008, 2011, 2012)
  • Utah Business magazine, Utah’s Legal Elite, Business Litigation (2013-2017)


  • Chad Derum & Karen Engle, The Rise of the Personal Animosity Presumption in Title VII and the Return to “No Cause” Employment, 81 Texas L. Rev. 1177 (2003)
  • Chad R. Derum, Practicing to Practice: Scholastic Debate as Law-Related Education, Utah Bar Journal March/April 2007

Seminars and Presentations

  • National Business Institute – Salt Lake City, Utah March 27, 2015, “Everything You Don’t Know About E-Discovery But Wish You Did”
  • National Business Institute – Salt Lake City, Utah 2014 – “Representing Your Client in Federal Court”

Community Activities

In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Derum has served as a member of Salt Lake Modern, a committee of Preservation Utah (formerly the Utah Heritage Foundation), which promotes preservation of and education about mid-century modern architecture in Utah.  Mr. Derum is a past member of the board of directors of Brolly Arts, a Utah-based non-profit organization that promotes interdisciplinary arts projects.  As a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, Mr. Derum founded the annual Young Lawyers Debate Tournament for high school students and has worked to promote tutoring programs for Utah elementary school students.  Mr. Derum is an avid runner, cyclist, and skier.