Attorneys

Julia Houser

Julia Houser

Partner

Julia M. Houser joined the medical malpractice defense team at Campbell, Houser, Ference & Hall in 2009. Her practice is focused exclusively on representing health care providers in both medical malpractice lawsuits and disciplinary proceedings before the state licensing board. Ms. Houser graduated from Wichita State University with a B.S. in Finance in 1987, and the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1992. While in law school, Ms. Houser was elected President of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. From 1994-2000, Ms. Houser was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James Z. Davis of the Utah Court of Appeals. She has served Utah’s risk management profession by sitting on the Board of the Utah Society of Healthcare Risk Management from 2005-2009, serving one year as Board President. Ms. Houser has also served on the board for multiple local non-profits and is currently serving on the Board of Youthlinc, a state-wide organization dedicated to creating lifetime humanitarians out of our teens.

Dave Ference

Dave Ference

Partner

Dave Ference is a partner with the law firm Campbell, Houser, Ference & Hall. His practice area includes medical malpractice defense and negligence law. Mr. Ference graduated from the University of Utah with Honors, and from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He has served as legal counsel to Utah’s largest private medical professional liability insurer, Utah Medical Insurance Association, for over fifteen years, as well as many other local and national professional medical liability insurers. Mr. Ference has successfully defended health care providers through both jury trial and at arbitration. Mr. Ference is a member of the Utah Society of Healthcare Risk Management, Utah Defense Lawyers Association, and American Inns of Court. He speaks fluent Portuguese and is an avid competitor in the sport of triathlon.

Vaun Hall

Vaun Hall

Partner

Vaun Hall is a partner with the law firm Campbell, Houser, Ference & Hall. His practice area includes medical malpractice defense and negligence law, professional licensing, torts and criminal defense. Mr. Hall graduated from the University of Utah and the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. Following law school, Mr. Hall worked for six-years with the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office in Reno, Nevada. During his service in Washoe County, Mr. Hall was elected President of the Washoe County Public Attorneys’ Association (1999-2000). As a Public Defender, Mr. Hall was lead counsel in more than fifty trials. In 2001, Mr. Hall returned to his native Utah and has served as legal counsel to Utah’s medical professional liability insurers. His clients include Utah Medical Insurance Association, Intermountain Healthcare, Medical Protective, CHS, and Western Litigation Specialists, as well as other local and national professional medical liability insurers. Mr. Hall is a member of the Utah Society of Healthcare Risk Management, and Utah Defense Lawyers Association.

Cynthia Erickson

Cynthia Campbell Erickson

Of Counsel

Cynthia Campbell Erickson began practicing in the ñeld of medical malpractice defense in 1984. She graduated from Utah State University, with honors, in 1979, and from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, with honors, in 1984. While in law school she was a member of the National Moot Court Team. She and her father, Richard W. Campbell, formed a law partnership in 1992, focusing their work primarily on defending Utah health care providers against claims of medical negligence. She has been a partner with the firm since that time. She continues to focus her practice at Campbell, Houser, Ference & Hall in the areas of litigation, arbitration and mediation of health care malpractice claims. Ms. Erickson is a member of Utah Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and the litigation section of the Utah State Bar.

Jacob W. Nelson

Associate

Jacob Nelson joined the medical malpractice defense team at Campbell, Houser, Ference & Hall as an associate attorney in 2018. Mr. Nelson graduated cum laude from the University of Utah in 2014 with a business degree in marketing and continued his education at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he graduated in 2017. During law school, Mr. Nelson participated in several moot court competitions and was also a Teaching Assistant, where he had the opportunity to help fellow law students learn the process of legal writing. Following law school, Mr. Nelson spent some time doing plaintiff’s personal injury work in Salt Lake City before joining Campbell, Houser, Ference & Hall. Mr. Nelson is a member of the Utah Defense Lawyers Association and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, golf and music.