Ryan M Nord


Business Law

Construction Law




Direct: (801) 438-7120

E-Mail: rnord@sagelawpartners.com

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Ryan Nord’s practice focuses primarily on business and construction law. Mr. Nord frequently represents general contractors, sureties, subcontractors, owners, architects, and engineers. Ryan Nord’s construction practice includes construction litigation, negotiation and drafting of contract documents, mechanic’s and materialmen’s lien claims, OSHA defense, Fair Housing and ADA claims, performance and payment bond claims, bid protests, professional liability claims, and partnership disputes.

Mr. Nord began his construction practice while working at the premier construction law firm in Texas after graduating from the University of Texas school of Law. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Nord worked in real estate development, which gives him a unique perspective on construction law issues.

Mr. Nord also maintains an active business law practice with an emphasis on establishment of entities, private equity transactions, partnership disputes, and the travel industry.

Ryan Nord has been named in Utah Business Magazine’s Legal Elite for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for construction law. The Legal Elite recognition is based on Utah Business Magazine’s survey of thousands of Utah attorneys and judges asking them to nominate lawyers they deemed the best in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others. Of the over 6,000 attorneys in the State of Utah, only about 15 attorneys are awarded this distinction each year. Mr. Nord has also been recognized over the past three years as a Super Lawyer in the intermountain states the field of construction law, which is a peer-based recognition limited to the top 2% of attorneys in their respective fields.

University of Texas, JD

University of Utah, BA, Finance

  • Utah State Bar (construction law, collection and securities law sections)
  • Texas State Bar (inactive)
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Sigma Chi
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Mechanic’s Lien Laws in Utah, AGC
  • Construction Litigation 101, AGC
  • Collection Strategies: Getting Paid for Work on Construction Projects, AGC
  • Be Alert to the Legal Considerations of Annexations, Lorman Educational Services
  • Understand the Development and Utilization of the General Plan, Lorman Educational Services
  • Authority and Responsibility for Change Order Work, Lorman Educational Services
  • Trust, But Verify: The Use of form Contracts, Austin Construction News
  • Golden Rules: Do Pay-When-Paid Clauses Mean What They Say? Austin Construction News
  • Overview of Contract Law for Design Professionals, Half Moon Seminars
  • Avoiding Mold Litigation, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
  • Co-Author, A201 General Conditions’ Conflicts with Texas Law, 17th Annual Construction Law Conference, State Bar of Texas
  • Co-Author, The Trail of Tears: TXDOT Claims and Procedures, 19th Annual Construction Law Conference, State Bar of Texas
Representative litigation matters include:

  • Judgment on behalf of lender in excess of $3,500,000
  • Defense verdict on behalf of major university on 71 claims totaling over $3,000,000 and award of $300,000 counterclaim
  • Defense verdict on behalf of engineer in $300,000 including successful defense on appeal
  • Judgment on behalf of lender in excess of $2,300,000
  • Summary judgment on all claims in defense of engineer in $700,000 foundation failure case
  • $800,000 award to golf course contractor in arbitration proceeding involving claims for additional work and defeat of $1,200,000 counterclaim

Representative transactional matters include:

  • Handled sales of and acquisition of interests in multiple travel agencies including national travel agency with over $250,000,000 in annual sales and regional travel agency with annual sales over $200,000,000
  • Outside general counsel for multiple travel agencies
  • Private placement transactions for various companies