Jose A. Abarca

Jose A. Abarca

Salt Lake City, UT

About Jose

Jose Abarca counsels companies on the many issues that could, and sometimes do, end up in court or before government agencies.

As a litigator, Jose has represented numerous companies in matters ranging from ownership disputes to bet-the-company litigation. In the energy, infrastructure, and natural resources practice areas, Jose focuses on resolving disputes involving engineering, procurement, master services, purchasing, development, and construction agreements.

Jose also assists clients in responding to cybersecurity incidents. As part of his cybersecurity practice, he works with technical consultants to conduct root cause analyses, counsels clients on their obligations to consumers, employees, and regulatory bodies, and helps design and implement written information security programs that meet relevant industry standards.

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Energy, Infrastructure, and Natural Resources Litigation
  • Counsel for southern California-based solar company in breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation litigation against Utah-based solar company.
  • Represented newspaper manufacturer in breach of contract and related claims stemming from a power supply agreement. The action was filed and prosecuted in state court and involved counterclaims in excess of $200 million. Settled case on terms highly favorable to client after special discovery master instituted discovery sanctions on opposing party.
  • Defended global oil and gas company against claims of discrimination and retaliation stemming from its Utah refinery operations. 
Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Incident response counsel for Utah-based regional transportation company that experienced a Maze ransomware attack.
  • Incident response counsel for financial software company that experienced a data breach.
  • Counsel for UK-based social media company in lawsuit involving claims against its data security provider for data breach involving social engineering of security provider’s representatives.
Business Litigation
  • Defense counsel for cryptocurrency and digital assets company in ongoing $12 million securities-fraud case brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Defense counsel for tractor manufacturer in a $7 million product liability wrongful death action stemming from a workplace injury. Settled case on terms favorable to client an hour before oral argument on motion to exclude plaintiffs’ technical expert.
  • Defense counsel for Utah-based chair manufacturer in multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought in federal court in Texas by global restaurant franchisor. 
  • Counsel for large event-management software and services company alleging claims for trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, and breach of contract litigation.
  • Counsel for technology startup in bet-the-company litigation involving trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims.
  • Obtained a $1.2 million judgment for client relating to fraudulent real estate investment scheme.
  • Represented global consumer products company in litigation involving breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets and seeking $1 billion in damages. Obtained summary judgment against one plaintiff and settled with other plaintiffs on terms favorable to client after the court granted Daubert motion and excluded damages expert.
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Honors & Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch (Commercial Litigation), 2021
  • Recipient, Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award, 2020
  • Recipient, Stoel Rives LLP Mentor of the Year Award, 2016
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