Robert L. Brinton graduated magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Utah in 1963, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1966.
Following his legal education, Mr. Brinton moved to New York City where he took a position with Trans World Airlines. At TWA, he was a member of the Special Financial Projects team which assisted TWA in purchasing Hilton International and was later involved in integrating all non-U.S. Hilton hotels into TWA’s world-wide system. Later, Mr. Brinton, who speaks German as a second language, became manager of all TWA’s interaction with the International Air Transport Association (“IATA”). He made at least 50 trips to international destinations to carry out his various TWA assignments.
After a long and exciting stay at TWA in New York, Mr. Brinton was hired away by Eastern Air Lines (“EAL”) to become its General Attorney as well as General Counsel of Rockresorts (a joint venture owned 50% by Eastern and 50% by the Rockefeller interests). As General Attorney, Mr. Brinton was the youngest officer for EAL with offices at 10 Rockefeller Center, (seven floors above The Today Show's broadcast center.)
In 1980, Mr. Brinton formed Brinton & January, with offices in White Plains and New York City. This firm continues today for legal matters Mr. Brinton handles in the State of New York. In 2004, after 38 years of living and practicing law in New York. Mr. Brinton and his family returned to Utah, where he was admitted to the practice of law in February of 2006. He continues to practice in both New York and Utah and is a member in good standing of both the New York and Utah bar associations. He is also admitted to practice in the two busiest Federal Courts in New York, i.e., the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York. Mr. Britton became Of Counsel to Mackey Price & Mecham in November 2012. He became Of Counsel to Mackey Price Law, a Utah corporation in 2018.
While in New York, Mr. Brinton served six years on the Board of Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. He was a board member for two years, President of the Board for two years and Chairman of the Board for his final two years. He became a member of the National Advisory Council for the University of Utah in l976 and continues his affiliation with the University’s National Advisory Council nearly 40 years later. He served on the Board of WRFM in New York City and currently serves on the Board of KUER in Salt Lake.
While in New York, Mr. Brinton was a member of the Harvard Club of New York City for 35 years. Since returning to Utah he has become a member of the Salt Lake Country Club.
Mr. Brinton specializes in contract law (both creating and interpreting contracts) and in employment law where he has helped hundreds of clients (i) terminate existing employment agreements; (ii) modify unduly onerous aspects of such agreements; and (iii) obtain fair severance if termination of employment takes place.
Mr. Brinton also has extensive experience in the domestication of foreign judgments so that such judgments may be enforced here in Utah as if they originated here.
Finally, Mr. Brinton served as an arbitrator in numerous cases in New York City under the auspices of the New York Arbitration Association headquartered on West 53rd Street in Manhattan. Mr. Brinton has confronted virtually every type of arbitration agreement and feels comfortable representing clients in arbitration situations.
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., University of Utah
New York Bar