Annette Jarvis

Annette Jarvis

Salt Lake City P +1 (801) 933-8933 F +1 (801) 933-7373 Denver P +1 (303) 629-3400



As a nationally recognized expert in the insolvency field, Annette represents banks, financial institutions, and numerous other parties nationwide in resolving concerns related to Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court workouts. Her experience includes representing creditors, debtors, boards of directors, trustees, receivers, public bond holders, purchasers of distressed assets, and indenture trustees. She was awarded the 2007 Large Company Transaction of the Year Award (Turnaround Management Association) in recognition of her work in the USA Capital Commercial Mortgage cases.

Annette also has strong, successful experience in receivership cases, representing receivers and acting as a receiver. She has handled SIPC cases brought under SIPA, and has experience in state insurance rehabilitation and liquidation cases.

Annette is a member of the Firm's Management Committee and the Partner-in-Charge of the Transactions Practice Groups at Dorsey.

Education & Admissions

J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (J.D., 1979), magna cum laude, BYU Law Review, J. Reuben Clark Scholar

Brigham Young University (B.S., History and European Studies, 1977), magna cum laude, Valedictorian for the Department of History


  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Federal Court for Arizona


Representative Litigation

Annette  has been involved in representing parties in several important litigation cases, including:

  • arguing the case of El Paso City of Texas v. America West Airlines, Inc., 217 F.3d 1161 (In re America West Airlines, Inc.) (9th Cir. 2000) before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which created a circuit split on the interpretation of Section 502(d) of the Bankruptcy Code,
  • acting as trial counsel for party defendants in the case of The Chase Manhattan Bank v. Iridium Africa, et al., Civil Action No. 00-564 (MPT) (D. Del., October 23, 2002), which addressed novel issues in limited liability company governance, the pledging of collateral, and Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code.
  • representing an appellant in Official Comm. Of Unsecured Creditors v. Dow Corning Corp., 456 F.3d 668 (6th Cir. 2006), which reversed the lower courts in setting parameters of the rights of unsecured creditors in solvent bankruptcy cases,
  • arguing the appeal of a plan confirmation order in In re USA Capital Commercial Mortgage, Inc., 2007 SL 2571947 (D. Nev. 2007), in which the appeal was dismissed as moot, and
  • acting as trial co-counsel in the case of Nilson, et al. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Individually and as Administrative Agent, et al., 690 F. Supp. 2d 1231 (D. Utah 2009), in which the court granted a preliminary injunction preserving tax refunds for the benefit of the bank group based on the interpretation of a subordination agreement between banks and the principals of their borrowers.

Representative Cases

Annette has represented parties in complex restructurings and insolvency-related litigation in cases in many industries, including energy (Southern Montana Generation and Transmission Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Cajun Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.; Tri-Valley Corporation), mining (Veris Gold, Inc.), agribusiness (Universal Cooperatives, Inc.; large dairy workouts), real estate (Woodside Homes; Utah 7000, LLC; USA Capital Commercial Mortgage Company), retail (Naartjie Custom Kids, Inc.); health related industries (nursing home workouts, Dow Corning Corp., A.H.Robins); manufacturing (Geneva Steel LLC, LTV Steel); entertainment (Qintex Entertainment/Hal Roach Studios, Gillette Holdings, Inc.), telecommunications (Iridium LLC), and airlines (America West Airlines). In addition, she recently represented parties in the Dewey LeBoeuf, LLP bankruptcy case.

Annette also has significant experience in managing the complexity of cases remedying the problems created by fraudulent enterprises, including Ponzi schemes, and by mass torts.

News & Resources


Co-Author, "The Mixed Message of Midland Funding," published in the Orange County Lawyer
Co-Author, “How Secure Are You? Secured Creditors in Commercial and Consumer Bankruptcies,” published by the American Bankruptcy Institute
"The Enigma that Is § 502(d)," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
“Determining the Reasonableness of Professional Fees for an Over-secured Creditor – T-Bone Restaurant, LLC et al. v. General Electric Capital Corp. (In re The Glazer Group, Inc.),” ABI Committee News
Dorsey Mining in Difficult Markets Webinar
In re Frenville: A Critique by the National Bankruptcy Conference’s Committee on Claims and Distributions,” 42 The Business Lawyer 697

News & Press Mentions

11 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Sixteen Dorsey Attorneys Named Utah Legal Elite
M&A TV: Interview with Annette Jarvis
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyer of the Year
Dorsey Congratulates Partner Annette Jarvis on Being Named Utah State Bar Lawyer of the Year
Dorsey Partner Annette Jarvis Comments on Structured Dismissals
Dorsey Partner Annette Jarvis Comments on Court Decision Pre-empting Puerto Rico Restructuring
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Dorsey Wins 2016 Turnaround Atlas Award for Judicial Restructuring of the Year
Dorsey Wins 8th Annual International M&A Award
Fifteen Dorsey Attorneys Named Utah ‘Legal Elite’
Dorsey Wins 10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards
Dorsey Wins 14th Annual M&A Advisor Award for Real Estate Deal of the Year
Board of Turnaround Management Association Names Dorsey Partner Annette Jarvis to Executive Committee as Vice President of Communications
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" 2016 and "Best Lawyers of the Year"
Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Partner Annette Jarvis Named to Utah Business 30 Women to Watch
Dorsey Partner Annette Jarvis Named to American College of Bankruptcy Board of Directors
Dorsey Partner Annette Jarvis Receives 2014 WLU Mentoring Award
Dorsey Partner Annette Jarvis Named TMA Board Trustee
Super Lawyers Recognizes 12 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
JRCLS Women in Law Highlights Partner Annette Jarvis’ Law360 Q&A

Select Presentations

  • Speaker, “Teamwork: Multi-Disciplinary Pro Bono Professional Collaboration on Financially Distressed Companies In and Out of the Courtroom,” ABA Business Law Section, October 2016
  • Moderator, “The Impact of Regulations on Bank Workouts,” TMA Western Regional Conference, July 2016
  • "Circuit Splits and Ethical Implications," ABI Rocky Mountain Conference, 2015
  • "Single Asset Real Estate Bankruptcy Challenges for Secured Lenders and Debtors - Navigating New Value Plans, Section 1111(b) Election, Cramdown Interest Rate After Momentive Performance and More". Strafford Webinar, 2015
  • "Bobsledding: Steering around Prior Bad Actors — Litigation Following Fraud and Other Misconduct," ABI Rocky Mountain Conference, 2014
  • "Legal Ghost Towns: Walking the Deserted Streets of Law Firm Disasters," ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2013
  • "Hospice for Hospitals – Restructuring & Bankruptcy in the Health Care Community," TMA Mid-America Conference, September 2013
  • "Strategies in Real Estate Workouts: Single Asset Real Estate Classes," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, November 2013
  • "The Use and Treatment of Secured Debt in Restructurings and Bankruptcy: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right," American College of Bankruptcy, November 2013
  • "The Legacy of Charles Ponzi: New Strategies for Combating Old Problems," TMA Western Regional Conference, 2012
  • "The Rampart Range: Defending Against Bankruptcy Filings - - 'First Day' Creditors Motions," ABI Rocky Mountain Conference, 2012
  • "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Where is Health Care Reform Taking Us?", ABI Rocky Mountain Conference, 2011
  • "Straddling the Continental Divide at Rocky Mountain National Park: Ethical and Legal Challenges in Advising Boards of Directors of Distressed Companies (Large and Small)," ABI Rocky Mountain Conference, 2010
  • "Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail: Forging New Territory with Today's Lender Syndications," IWIRC Program, ABI Rocky Mountain Conference, 2010
  • "Survival of the Fittest? Financial and Economic Distress Restructuring Outcomes in Chapter 11," Rocky Mountain TMA, 2009
  • "Surfing More Than the Internet: Helping Hi-Tech Companies Ride the Economic Tsunami," TMA Western Regional Conference, 2009
  • "How the West Was Won: Trying the Insolvency/Valuation Case --- Iridium and Beyond," ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, January 2009
  • "Degrees of Difficulty: Current Issues in Bankruptcy Settlements," ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, February 2008
  • "Receivers: The Consummate Problem Solvers - - Experiences of Receivers, Forensic Accountants and Turnaround Specialists," Presentation to the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar, December 2008
  • "Stepping Into the Breach: Circuit Splits Not Yet Resolved in the Tenth Circuit," ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2007
  • "Summary of Selected Highlights of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005," Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Bankruptcy Institute in Denver, CO, 2006
  • "Jurisdiction, Claims and Remedies Against Non-Debtors: Confronting the Long Arm of the Bankruptcy Court," ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2005

Industries & Practices

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Cooperative Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Corporate Trust Services
  • Electric Power
  • Energy
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Israel
  • Mining & Natural Resources
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Oil & Gas

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School: Dean's Board of Advisors 
  • American Bankruptcy Institute: Co-Chair, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference; Regional Chair, ABI Foundation, 2010-2015
  • American College of Bankruptcy: Member of Board of Directors and Fellow; Past Chair – 10th Circuit Education Committee
  • The Federal Bar Association
  • The International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC): Founder, Mountain/Desert Network
  • Turnaround Management Association: Global TMA Board Member; Board Member, TMA Rocky Mountain Chapter; Co-Chair, TMA Western Regional Conference, 2011-2012
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society: International Board Member; Chair Finance Committee; Founder, Women in the Law Committee

Community Involvement

  • Member of Board of Trustees, Board Secretary and Chair of Governance Committee, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera
  • Former Community Council Member, West High School
  • Former ESL Teacher, Community Based Program at West High School


Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual  Annette W. Jarvis - Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Litigation - Bankruptcy, Salt Lake City

  • Named "Salt Lake City Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers©, 2018
  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Litigation: General Commercial), 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2005-2018
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Listed as a Salt Lake City Super Lawyer, 2007-2017
  • Listed as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2007-2017 
  • Listed in Utah Business Magazine Utah Legal Elite, 2016-2017 - Bankruptcy/Workout
  • Recognized as Utah’s 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Utah State Bar
  • Recipient of the Third Annual Christine M. Durham Public Service Award
  • 2014 Women Lawyers of Utah Mentoring Award
  • Recipient of 2013 Distinguished Service Award, Utah Federal Bar Association
  • 2010 College Honored Alumni Award, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • 2007 Large Company Transaction of the Year Award from the Turnaround Management Association
  • 2007 Pathfinder Award from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Conference
  • 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award from the Women's Law Forum at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University 
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Dorothy Merrill Brothers Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession, Utah State Bar, 2005
Annette Jarvis