Melissa A. Beutler: Forty Under 40

Congratulations to Melissa A. Beutler, vice president general counsel at Big-D Construction. She was named one of Utah Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees.

Melissa Beutler, Big-D Construction - Utah Business 2018 Forty Under 40

Melissa Beutler is a national leader in the realm of construction law. Prior to joining Big-D Construction in 2014, she served at Holland & Hart, where she became an equity partner at the age of 31. She served as the chair of the ConsensusDOCS Drafting Council, responsible for the 2016 revisions to the form construction documents that are used nationwide. She is also the lead editor for two books published by the American Bar Association: Construction Jury Instructions and The Green Construction Lawyer. Beutler is among the few attorneys in Utah who has earned the LEED Accredited Professional certification from the United States Green Building Council.

“One of the most important leadership skills, especially as general counsel, is listening,” she says. “Listening to the parties. And listening for the things that are not being said. You can accomplish much more by listening than you ever can by speaking.”

CAUSE SHE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT: Mentorship. “A professional can make a huge impact to lift and build the community by personally engaging and mentoring another person,” she says. “I have devoted myself extensively to performing individual mentoring work and pro bono legal work with the goal to lift and teach the one.”