Judge Bohling began his legal career in 1968 as an trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., assigned to the Antitrust Division’s Patent Unit. From 1971 to 1973, he was a litigation associate with the law firm of Jones Waldo Holbrook and McDonough in Salt Lake City.
He left law practice in 1973 to join the law faculty of Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas as an assistant professor. After two years, he advanced to an associate professor with tenure, teaching antitrust, business torts, contracts and economic regulation.
In 1979, he returned to Jones Waldo as a shareholder where he remained as a commercial litigator for 14 years. In 1993 he was recognized by the Utah State Bar as the Distinguished Lawyer of the Year. In the same year, he joined federal bench and private mediation panels, and later in the year, was appointed to the Utah Third District Court bench as a general jurisdiction trial judge.
In 2001 Bohling and a team of stake holders, instituted the first mental health court in the state of Utah. It was among the first in the nation. Offered as an alternative to incarceration, its objective was to help find housing and provide treatment, supervision, accountability and a sense of community to mentally ill offenders. The program was a success. Though always constrained by limited resources, similar courts have been established throughout the state and in many other states of the nation.
While serving on the bench, Bohling chaired the Judicial Council’s committee on alternate dispute resolution, where he became a mediation advocate to both the bench and bar. He retired from the bench in 2004 and in the same year was honored by the Utah State Bar as the Judge of the Year.
Upon his retirement, he began his professional mediation practice. While on the bench and in the early years of his practice, he completed mediation trainings at CDR Associates (Boulder, Colorado), Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative (Harvard Law School) and the Straus Institute (Pepperdine University School of Law). In his 17 year mediation practice, his mediation firm has received a US News/Best Lawyer Tier 1 ranking. Also, since 2008 Bohling has been listed annually in both Best Lawyers in America and Mountain States Super Lawyers. In 2008 he was inducted into the International Academy of Mediators as a Distinguished Fellow. He has been recognized as Best Lawyers’ Salt Lake City 2013, 2017, 2019 and most recently 2021 Mediation Lawyer of the Year.
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