Bretton K. Hadfield

bhadfield@peckhadfield.com


 

Bretton has been providing superior legal representation to his clients for more than sixteen years by ensuring that clients who have been harmed are fairly compensated.  When a person or a company acts in a negligent way, they are responsible for the results of that negligence.  This is an important and foundational principle of the free society in which we live.  Bretton works to make sure that this social contract is honored.

Unfortunately, money and greed - in particular, profit-hungry insurance companies - often get in the way of fairness.  Instead of paying fair settlement amounts, insurance companies often take every opportunity to deflect blame and low-ball the amount they should pay. Fortunately, our society allows for jury trials and Bretton is a firm believer in the jury system.  Nowhere else in society can a group of peers listen to facts and make a decision, even if it is unpopular or is against a person or company with money, connections, and power.

Bretton feels an overwhelming obligation to tell his clients' stories.  It is important that the story be told in a powerful way so others understand what has actually taken place.  To accomplish this, Bretton listens to his clients' concerns and tries to understand the harm that he or she has suffered in order to really understand the effect the harm has had.  Bretton regularly visits his clients' homes to really see what their lives are like and get a real sense of what impact an injury has had.  Put simply, Bretton sincerely cares about his clients and their cases.


Speaking Engagements

Bretton has regularly presented to local church groups and senior citizen centers regarding asset protection and estate planning. Bretton is convinced that it is important to exercise personal accountability and responsibility and that we all have a duty to be fair in our dealings.

Bretton regularly presents to groups specific information regarding insurance coverage.  He regularly finds that individuals need to obtain higher policy limits for all types of insurance and particularly UM and UIM insurance in order to protect themselves from the negligent acts of others.  It is also important to coordinate with insurance providers to maintain general liability policies known as "umbrella" policies.  All of us, as consumers of insurance products, should wisely select and strategically own proper insurance coverage to protect our assets, our futures and our families.

Community Service

Past President and Board Member of the Estate Planning Counsel of Northern Utah

Former Board Member of Cache Chamber of Commerce

Member of Cache Valley Morning Rotary (Inactive)

Member of the Utah Associate for Justice

Director of Fooball Operations for Logan Football, Coach for Logan Youth Football, Lacrosse and Soccer

Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster

Eagle Scout

Recent Case Results

In the fall of 2016, Bretton brought a case to trial and obtained a jury verdict on behalf of his client who had slipped on a wet floor caused by an employee of a business.

Recent six figure policy limits settlements in a dog attack case, a roll over automobile crash case, and an auto-pedestrian crash case.

Bretton has settled a case in which his client suffered a traumatic injury to her foot as a result of a negligently constructed staircase that collapsed. Unfortunately, the damage to her foot was so severe that one of her toes had to be surgically amputated. Through strong advocacy of the case, she was able to obtain a result that was approximately ten times the original settlement offer from the insurance company.

Bretton assisted an injured concrete worker to receive a fair recovery from a broken wrist that resulted from landowner negligence.

He has obtained a favorable UIM settlements, including a significant settlement in an auto collision with a pedestrian.

Recently, Bretton has favorably resolved several cases regarding estate and LLC disputes cases in business disputes where opposing partners, members and/or heirs committed bad and oppressive acts, breaching fiduciary duties and harming his clients. 
 

Pro Bono Activities

Bretton selects one or two clients annually who are dealing with significant injustice and have little or no income for whom he provides free legal services.

Thursday Night at the Bar

First District Pro Bono Committee

Utah Bar's Modest Means

 

 

Bar Admissions

  • Utah (1998)

Areas of Practice

Contingency Fee Work

  • Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dog Attacks
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Collisions
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Sex Abuse
  • Cases Involving Broken Bones, Fractures, Scarring, Burns, Amputation, Hip & Joint Replacements

Hourly and Flat Fee Work:

  • Trust Disputes & Probate
  • Partnership/Business Disputes
  • Estate Planning (Wills & Trusts), Business Succession Planning
  • Corporate, Partnership & LLC Formation, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Contracts & Consultation, including License, Non-Disclosure, Purchase, Manufacturing, Warranty and similar Agreements
  • General Litigation
  • Real Estate Law including disputes, transactions and rental arrangements
  • Adoptions

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Utah State Bar
  • Utah Association for Justice
  • Cache County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Northern Utah (President, 2009-10)

Education

  • Juris Doctor, J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU), 1998
  • BA, Philosophy, Utah State University, 1998
  • BA, Political Science, Utah State University, 1998