I am often asked about the origin of “Pharos.”  When I left my job in Chicago in 2010, returned home to Utah and opened my law firm, I resisted the idea of using the traditional “Jensen & Associates” or something like that.  I have nothing against attorneys who name their firm after themselves (some of my closest friends have done just that). But that was not my preference.

As something of a history buff, I have always been fond of ancient history, including the history of Greece, Rome, and Egypt.  I borrowed Pharos from The Pharos of Alexandria, a tower built on the island of Pharos that became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  You may be thinking to yourself that there are not many lighthouses in Utah and you would be correct on that point.  But I would also suggest that apples, Macintosh or otherwise, have very little to do with computers, but that didn’t stop Steve Jobs.  Hopefully, that will distract you long enough to forget about the lack of lighthouses in Utah..:)

Pharos Law Group, PLLC is a small law firm in northern Utah started by me, Ryan L. Jensen, a few years ago.  If you care to learn more about me (especially the non-attorney stuff) CLICK HERE.  I spent most of my first decade of law practice in downtown Chicago at two of the world’s largest and best law firms (just stating facts), namely Kirkland and Sidley.

Although I enjoy being my own boss and having the significant flexibility of my own firm, I also recognize that I don’t have all of the answers and there are many areas of the law in which I am not qualified (or inclined) to practice. Accordingly, I have developed working relationships with other attorneys and firms to help meet such additional needs.  In this regard, I can offer the “best of both worlds” to my clients.  I can provide the personal touch and agility of a small firm, but through prior work experience and with my current affiliations with other attorneys and law firms, I am able to access the collective resources and expertise of larger law firms.

Also, I often collaborate with accountants, financial advisors, and related professionals, as needed.  One of the most important skills I have developed over the years while working on deals of all shapes, sizes, and colors (figuratively speaking), is the capacity to know when I am qualified to answer certain questions and solve a particular set of problems and when I am not so qualified.  When I recognize a question or issue for which I am not qualified to respond (at least not without help), I tap into the expertise of the other professionals mentioned above.  In my experience, many of the problems created by professional advisors (or at least which are not properly resolved by such advisors) stem from such advisors attempting to be a “jack of all trades” and trying to do things for which they are not qualified, trained or even licensed to do.

We Do Specialized Legal Work

Business Law

  • Business formation and startup services
  • Buying and selling businesses and/or specified assets
  • Buy/sell agreements and related business succession arrangements
  • Preparation, negotiation and review of commercial contracts

Estate Planning

  • Probate avoidance
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Incapacity protection
  • Providing for minor children
  • Special Needs
  • Charitable Giving
  • Farm and other business succession
  • Mitigation of estate tax and capital gains tax
  • Retirement asset transfers
  • Asset protection
  • Probate/estate and trust administration