Phillip B. Shell

Phil has joined the law firm of Pearson Butler in South Jordan. He can be reached at 801-988-5855 or

Put Phil’s 35 years of proven experience to work for you. Friendly, knowledgable, and genuinely concerned about his clients, Phil will make you feel ease as you learn about your legal options.

Ready to Fight for You

An attorney with experience, compassion, and proven results, Phil does not charge for an initial consultation and can usually let you know up front whether you have a good case and what you can expect. He knows the judges; he knows the opposing attorneys; he knows the system. He knows how to get results.

He has successfully litigated hundreds of cases throughout the past 35 years, and has argued successful cases before the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, and even the United States Supreme Court. He was successful at the Utah Supreme Court in overturning a law which took money from disabled Utah seniors when they began to receive Social Security retirement benefits. This resulted in a recovery of over 15 million dollars for Utah families. He has also tried other successful cases that have beneficially shaped Utah law for injured workers.

Phil keeps a banjo behind his desk and is an avid freelance photographer and ham radio operator.

Representative Cases

  • Nathan Merrill v. Utah Labor Commission, (UT 2009)
  • Fred Meyer v. Industrial Comm, 800 P.2d 825 (UT Ct App. 1990)
  • Dean Evans Chrysler v. Morse, 692 P.2d 779 (UT 1988)


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah, 1982 J.D.
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1978, B.S. Mathematics; Minor: Journalism


  • Bar Admissions: Utah, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1986

Additional Experience

  • Active member of the Utah Association for Justice.
  • Previous legal counsel for the Injured Workers’ Association of Utah, a non-profit organization that educates workers about their rights.
  • Previous pro-tem judge in the Murray and Sandy Small Claims Courts.
  • Featured speaker at various workers’ compensation seminars

Phil has joined the law firm of Pearson Butler in South Jordan. He can be reached at 801-988-5855 or

Areas of Practice


Workplace injury, occupational disease and death, plaintiff appeals, subrogration, and more


Social Security Disability Insurance appeals


Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy services

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