David W. Slaughter


Snow Christensen & Martineau
10 Exchange Place
11th Floor
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Tel: 801.322.9151

Email: ds@scmlaw.com
Web: www.scmlaw.com

David has a national practice focusing on contract formation as well as business and construction litigation and dispute resolution. He has represented owners, contractors and sureties in construction disputes and related matters for more than thirty-five years.

David also consults with business entities, including technology clients, through issues of business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and in structuring and negotiating domestic and international strategic alliances. He has represented several clients in the technology sector in contracting and licensing matters and in structuring relationships with resellers, OEMs, and other distribution channels.

He has lectured before local and national professional organizations and has authored several papers dealing with construction, surety law, alternative dispute resolution and other topics. He is a panel arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association on construction and complex commercial disputes and is a respected mediator in such disputes. He is among the co-founders of the Western States Surety Conference, which has furnished annual instruction to surety professionals since 1993.

David took a leave of absence from the firm from February 2016 to August 2017 to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France and Belgium with his wife Connie.

Within the firm, David served as President of SCM from 2007–2011 and as Board Chair from 2011 to 2016.  He served for many years on the Sandy City (Utah) Public Utilities Advisory Board, which he chaired for more than a decade.

Honors, Awards & Recognition:
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year” in Salt Lake City
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer review as AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.*
  • Recognized as Utah Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Franchise Law Litigation – Construction
  • Recognized as a Utah Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine
We help clients avoid unnecessary litigation and project complications by proactively addressing common construction law related issues, and seeking swift resolution when disputes arise.

Utah’s strong economy continues to feed one of the most robust construction sectors in the nation. Fueled primarily by increasing demand for industrial and commercial space, the Utah construction industry is experiencing its most significant growth since the Great Recession.

Attorneys in both our Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah offices represent owners, contractors, subcontractors, government agencies, lenders, and sureties in a broad range of construction matters.

Construction Contracts

Well-developed contracts are key to the success of any construction project. We draft the full spectrum of construction-related contracts, such as design-build, architect-engineer, construction management contracts, and all related subcontract agreements. We also litigate contract disputes such as delays, construction defect, and others.


We offer a full range of employment law services to our construction clients. These include the standard employment issues along with those services that are particularly unique for the construction industry. We handle citations issued by state and federal safety authorities, represent construction employers in day-to-day employment and workers’ compensation challenges, as well as more serious claims, including serious injury and death.


Insurance is a critical part of protecting the investment in a construction project. We assist clients in obtaining and reviewing key insurance policies relating to the construction phase. These include liability, builder’s risk, hold harmless agreements, surety bonds, and flood insurance. We defend claims that arise under these policies including construction defect claims and more.

Since 1994, we have been a consistent co-sponsor of the annual Western States Surety Conference. We routinely work with several leading bond sureties.

Disputes and Litigation

When a dispute arises, our construction lawyers are highly experienced in handling the full range of construction-related disputes including performance bond claims on construction defaults; negotiation with owners, completion contractors, subcontractors, and defaulting principals; preparation and enforcement of take-over or completion agreements and all collateral documents; payment bond claims, bankruptcy claims and work-out agreements; and pursuit and enforcement of indemnity rights, subrogation, salvage, and related third-party recovery claims.

We also represent clients in mediation, arbitration, litigation, and at trial when necessary to resolve construction claims and disputes. We often work collaboratively with our firm’s insurance, water law, natural resources, and product liability lawyers.

SCM was founded in 1886, ten years before Utah became a state.  We have over a century of solid experience in trials and litigation.  We also offer a premier transactional practice. Over the years, we have evolved steadily and purposefully to meet the changing needs of our clients and their markets. Today, we serve many of Utah’s most vital and prominent businesses and public entities, some of which have been our loyal clients for more than 50 years.  We take the time to understand our clients’ businesses and industries—and to provide customized and innovative solutions that meet their business, personal, and legal needs.

Our unusual ratio of shareholders to associates guarantees senior-level attention to any legal matter.  Our paralegal-to-attorney ratio is higher than that of many other law firms. By relying on paralegals to handle the more routine aspects of trials, litigation, and business transactions, we are able to control costs for our clients.

SCM’s commitment to the practice of law has remained steadfast for over 130 years.  This singular focus benefits clients in Utah, throughout the Intermountain West and beyond.