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"Utah's #1 Medium-Sized Litigation Firm"

-Thomson-Reuters/Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015

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5 Attorneys Named to "The Best Lawyers in America"

-Best Lawyers®/The Best Lawyers in America©, 2017

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Tier 1 Ranking for Utah “Best Law Firms”™  

-2017 Edition of “Best Law Firms”™ US News & World Report 

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9 Attorneys Named as "Utah Legal Elite"

-Utah Business Magazine, 2017

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15 Attorneys Named to "Mountain States
Super Lawyers and Rising Stars"

-Thomson-Reuters/Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016

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Our History and Overview.
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Christensen & Jensen has specialized in litigation and trial advocacy for more than sixty years throughout Utah and surrounding states. We consider our founders, Ray R. Christensen and Jay E. Jensen, to be the gold standard for trial attorneys. With hundreds of civil trials to their credit, both achieved legendary careers and numerous honors, including Utah's Distinguished Lawyer of the Year Award.

They epitomize integrity, dignity, professionalism, and civility. Christensen & Jensen's present members follow in their footsteps. Christensen & Jensen is built on a philosophy of providing quality, cost effective, professional service to our clients and community with distinction.

Christensen & Jensen represents both plaintiffs and defendants in most areas of civil litigation. While handling complicated matters for some of the largest corporations in the country, we also represent individuals and families who have been significantly harmed and are seeking to recover damages.

This mixed practice allows Christensen & Jensen's attorneys to understand from divergent perspectives, and the resulting broad experience provides insight and networks that benefit our clients.

Christensen & Jensen's attorneys have successfully focused on diverse practice areas that cover most of the civil and criminal litigation spectrum, including appeals; commercial litigation; construction;employment; family law; government defense and government contracting; insurance bad faith and coverage; mediation and arbitration; plaintiff/defendant personal injury; products liability; professional liability; real estate; land use; water; tort defense; transportation law; vaccine injury; whistleblower; white collar and criminal defense.

News. Our Newest Cases.
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Up-to-date cases and results.
Steve Kelson's research on violence against attorneys cited by ABA Journal
The recent ABA Journal features Steve Kelson in an article discussing violence against attorneys.  Steve has reviewed nearly 12,0000 surveys from 27 states all on his own time to help the ABA compile national numbers.  This recognition of his work is well deserved.
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7 Attorneys from C&J selected for 25th edition of 'The Best Lawyers in America'
The Best Lawyers 2019 edition was released today and 7 attorneys from Chistensen & Jensen were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America publication.  Geoff Haslam was also named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for his work in Insurance Law.
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American Board of Trial Advocates welcomes Ruth Shapiro
Christensen & Jensen's own Ruth Shapiro recently became a full member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  ABOTA is an "invitation only" organization that invites members of hight personal character and honorable reputation. 
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Karra Porter Named 2018's Lawyer of the Year
Our most sincere congratulations to Karra Porter for being honored by the Utah State Bar as the 2018 Lawyer of the Year.  We applaud her dedication to the legal profession, the firm, and the community.
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Tanner Lennart mentioned in City Weekly as the writer's "favorite liqour lawyer"
City Weekly's cover story features Tanner Lenart on Utah liqour laws, and writer Darby Doyle calls Tanner her favorite liqour lawyer. Tanner's growing recognition as Utah's favorite liqour lawyer is well deserved.
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Sarah Spencer publishes article titled: "Is the Record Really Complete?"
Sarah Spencer's article on "How Apppellate Courts Consider New Evidence on Appeal" in this month's publication by the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence.  Sarah's expertise in appellate and other matters is one of Christensen & Jensen's most valuable assets.
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Nate Alder finishes second term of service with Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission
Nate Alder completed his second term (total of six years) of service on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.  Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Nate to this independent body in 2011.
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Tanner Lenart interprets Utah’s peculiar liquor laws so the rest of us don’t have to
Christensen & Jensen Attorney Tanner Lenart was featured in Salt Lake City Weekly today to get her take on Utah liquor laws.  Tanner helps restaurateurs, bartenders and patrons understand the laws passed during Utah's short annual legislative session this year. 
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Nate Alder named as one of Utah State Aggies' ten most influential alumni
The Utah Statesman, the student-led newspaper at Utah State University, has named C&J’s Nate Alder as one of Utah State’s ten most influential alumni. It solicited and gathered nominations for its “50 Most Influential Aggies” to identify individuals for their list.
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Geoff Haslam, Nate Alder, and Karra Porter speak at Utah Association for Justice Event
Geoff Haslam and Nate Alder were speakers at a nuts & bolts seminar sponsored by the Utah Association for Justice titled, "When is Mediation Useful and How to Make it Most Effective."  Karra Porter spoke in the afternoon on "Preserving Matters for Appeal During Trial and What Happens After Verdict."
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J.D. Lauritzen quoted by news on the audit of SLC police internal investigation policies
Last summer's viral body cam footage of Nurse Alex Wubbel's arrest prompted a state audit reviewing the internal investigation policies of the Salt Lake City Police.  J.D. Lauritzen offered a statement to reporters on the results of the audit that were recently released.
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Heather Thuet to speak on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession
On Thursday April 19th, Heather will be speaking at the New Lawyer Ethics Course held at the Utah Law & Justice Center regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  Heather's discourse will begin at noon.
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Karra Porter represents parolee shot three times by parole agent charged with aggravated assault
Karra Porter discussed the shooting of her client Joe Alvin Gomez at a press conference at the offices of Christensen & Jensen today.  The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office announced today that it had filed a criminal charge against AP&P Agent Andrew O'Gwin,
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Nate Alder Chairs the National Legal Mentoring Consortium
C&J’s Nate Alder is Chair of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium which holds its 2018 conference at the University of South Carolina in Columbus on April 12-14, 2018.
 
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C&J attorney Heather Thuet featured by Good4Utah about free and low-cost legal resources in Utah
Heather Thuet appeared on Good4Utah today to talk about the Utah State Bar's own "Tuesday Night Bar" - a program that helps low income individuals get initial access to legal help. 
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Sarah Spencer will moderate a mock appellate argument at DRI's 2018 Appellate Advocacy Seminar
Sarah Spencer will moderate a mock appellate argument at DRI's 2018 Appellate Advocacy seminar in Las Vegas.
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Heather Thuet speaking at Licensed Lawyer CLE
Join Heather Thuet at the Utah Law & Justice Center on Wednesday, March 14th for a continuing legal eduacation course on how to take advantage of Licensed Lawyer.
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Heather Thuet to present on Principled Negotiations - When to Hold 'em and When to Fold 'em
On February 9th, C&J's own Heather Thuet will be presenting at the 4th Annual Intermountain Construction Defect & Dispute Conference.  Heather will speak on the subject of negotiations and "when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em." 
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Utah Cold Case Coalition in the news

There are some 200 cold cases of murders or missing persons in Utah, yet the state has no comprehensive up-to-date database that would help law enforcement bring perpetrators to justice.  A new organization, the Utah Cold Case Coalition, says agencies could be doing a much better job sharing information and solving old homicides and disappearances.

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Tanner Lenart featured on KUER on liquor laws in Utah

Tanner Lenart, C&J's premier attorney specializing in liquor laws, was featured on KUER this week.  Learn how a law designed for strip-clubs complicated the showing of the movie Deadpool at Brewvies in Salt Lake City.  Tanner's clients are mostly bars and restaurants, she helps them navigate Utah’s complicated alcohol regulations.

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C&J launches website and coalition effort to solve 1995 murder of Rosie Tapia
Karra Porter & JD Lauritzen appeared before local news today to present a new effort to solve the 1995 murder of Rosie Tapia.  For more information, please visit www.whokilledrosie.com.
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Sarah Spencer and Nate Alder awarded summary judgment in a major products liability case
Sarah Spencer and Nathan Alder presented a thorough and effective defense that resulted in a crucuial summary judgment yesterday, securing a huge win for clients in a complex product liability case
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Dave Richards & Sarah Spencer win 10th Circuit Appeal
Sarah Spencer and Dave Richards secured a win for city representatives of Cottonwood Heights at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Court affirmed the dismissal of constitutional and other claims thanks to the efforts of Christensen & Jensen's talented attorneys.
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C&J obtains $500,000 settlement for Nurse Alex Wubbels
Wubbels will use part of the settlement to help others pay the cost of obtaining their own body cam footage.  Christensen & Jensen will provide free legal services to help people request footage, and appeal denials when appropriate.
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Nine Attorneys from C&J named 2017's "Utah's Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine
Nine of Christensen & Jensen's own were among those selected for inclusion in Utah Business Magazine's list of "Utah's Legal Elite" for 2017.  When you contact the attorneys at C&J, you can know that you're getting elite legal advocacy from an experienced and respected attorney at "Utah's #1 medium-sized litigation firm" - Thomson-Reuters/Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015.  Recipients of this honor were selected in the following practice areas: 

Arbitration/Mediation:

Geoffrey Haslam
Stephen Keslon

Civil Litigation:

Nathan D. Alder
George Burbidge
Sarah Spencer

Family Law: 

Mary Corporon

Insurance Law: 

Phillip Ferguson

Up and Coming:

Tyler Snow
Jeremy S. Stuart

Congratulations, and kudos to each attorney listed and for all of the skilled work on behalf of clients tthat this award recognizes.
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C&J represents nurse who was assaulted after abiding by hospital policy against allowing police blood draw on an unconscious accident victim
Alex Wubbels, was assaulted and arrested after explaining to police that she couldn't draw a blood sample from an unconscious person at University Hospital. A Salt Lake City police detective asked for a blood sample. After explaining to the detective that the police needed a warrant, consent from the unconscious patient, or that the patient needed to be under arrest before the blood sample could be drawn, the officer grabbed the nurse, twisted her arm back, dragged her outside, and left her handcuffed in a hot patrol car.
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Three of C&J's attorneys have been selected by their peers for 2018's Best Lawyers in America awards
Sarah Spencer, Phil Ferguson and Karra Porter have all been named by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America's  2018  publication.  Each of these three is a legal star in their own right and these recognitions are further proof that we have the best attorneys in the state working for C&J.
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Mary Corporon meets with Bryan Stevenson, founder of Montgomery, Alabama's Equal Justice Initiative
Mary Corporon meets with Bryan Stevenson, founder of Montgomery, Alabama's Equal Justice Initiative
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Geoffrey Haslam and Nathan Alder ranked in the the top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers
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Mary Corporon interviewed regarding Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott
Mary Corporon faced news cameras this week in a press conference to address the status of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott.  In the midst of a sensitive health situation, Mary helped the Ott family take steps to provide a guardianship for the former County Recorder's health and to step down from his position with the county.  Christensen & Jensen is proud to have attorneys that are tactful, professional, and composed under pressure.  A link to the interview is provided below.  

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Nate Alder champions design innovation to help basic consumers get through the legal system
As Governing Council for the ABA's Center for Innovation, Nathan Alder comments that BYU's  LawX's program, combining a high-tech approach with the goal of building fairness in the law was both timely and noble.
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Rebecca Hill & Bryson Brown win summary judgment motion in insurance coverage case
Rebecca Hill and Bryson Brown recently won summary judgment in United States District Court on behalf of an insurance company which was relieved of any duty to defend an insured for intentional and/or criminal acts.
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After Experience with the Tribune, Karra Porter offers antitrust insight on the Chicago Sun Times purchase
Karra Porter was interviewed today by Global Competition Review in Washington, D.C., about the antitrust implications of competing bids to buy the Chicago Sun Times.  Karra was lead counsel in the antitrust lawsuit that facilitated last year’s purchase of the Salt Lake Tribune by local owners.
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Karra Porter files constitutional class action lawsuit on behalf of Utah cattle rancher over beef checkoff
Utah rancher claims that beef checkoffs violate First Amendment rights by forcing ranchers to fund the private speech of  private entity (the Utah Beef Council).
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Mary Corporon Published an Article in the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section - "What to do when the Feds come knocking."
C&J attorney Mary C. Corporon was recently published in the Spring 2017 edition of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Newsletter.
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Stephen Kelson Awarded the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution’s Peacekeeper Award
C&J's Stephen Kelson was awarded the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution’s Peacekeeper Award on May 19, 2017.
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Navy Senior Officers Vote 3-0 to Retain C&J Client Lt. David Nartker
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, a three member separation panel for the United States Navy voted unanimously to retain C&J client Lieutenant David Nartker, rejecting recommendations from commanders to discharge Lt. Nartker from the Navy.
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Nate Alder Recognized Among Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2017
C&J attorney Nathan D. Alder has been honored as one of Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2017.
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Mary Corporon Selected Among the 2017 "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine
C&J's Mary C. Corporon has been selected among the 2017 "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine for her outstanding work in Family Law.
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Geoff Haslam Included in Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2017
C&J attorney Geoffrey C. Haslam was recently named to Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2017 for his tremendous work as an Arbitrator/Mediator.
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Phil Ferguson Selected by Utah Business Magazine Among Its "Legal Elite" for 2017
C&J's Phillip S. Ferguson was recently selected among Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2017.
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George Burbidge Named to 2017 "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine
C&J attorney George W. Burbidge II was recently recognized among the 2017 "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine for his work in Civil Litigation.
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Sarah Spencer Recognized Among the "Legal Elite" for 2017 by Utah Business Magazine
C&J's Sarah E. Spencer was recently included by Utah Business Magazine among the "Legal Elite" for 2017 for her work in Civil Litigation.
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Jeremy Stuart Among Utah Business Magazine's 2017 "Legal Elite"
C&J attorney Jeremy S. Stuart has been named by Utah Business Magazine among the "Legal Elite" for 2017.
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Tyler Snow Included in Utah Business Magazine's 2017 "Legal Elite"
C&J's Tyler V. Snow has been selected among the 2017 "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine as an Up and Coming attorney.
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Steve Kelson Named Among Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2017
C&J attorney Stephen D. Kelson was recently recognized among the "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine for his outstanding work as an Arbitrator/Mediator.
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Tanner Strickland Lenart Featured in Utah Business Article Regarding "Sweeping Changes" in Utah Liquor Law
C&J restaurant/hospitality and alcohol beverage licensing & compliance attorney Tanner Strickland Lenart was recently featured in a Utah Business article regarding the numerous changes to Utah's liquor laws that have come out of this year's legislative session.
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Sarah Spencer Hosts "Appellate Counsel at Trial" CLE at C&J
C&J appellate attorney Sarah E. Spencer hosted an appellate law CLE for the Defense Research Institute's ("DRI") Appellate Advocacy Committee on March 9, 2017 at the C&J offices in Salt Lake City.
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Sarah Spencer Published in DRI's February 2017 Issue of "For the Defense"
C&J appellate attorney Sarah E. Spencer was recently published in the February 2017 edition of the Defense Research Institute's ("DRI") "For the Defense."
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Ruth Shapiro Appointed to Utah Uniform Jury Instruction Committee
C&J attorney Ruth A. Shapiro was recently appointed to the Utah Uniform Jury Instruction Committee.
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Jury Returns "Mitigated Guilt" Verdict Following Two-Week Trial in High Profile St. George Murder Case
C&J criminal defense attorneys Mary C. Corporon and J.D. Lauritzen, along with their co-counsel Gary Pendleton, recently obtained a "mitigated guilt" verdict for their client in a high profile murder case in St. George, Utah following a two-week trial.
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Phil Lowry Presides as Legal Chair of Cybershield's Legal Table Top Exercise
C&J shareholder Phillip Lowry, an officer and lawyer in the Utah National Guard, is the lead attorney for the 2017 National Guard Bureau Cybershield Exercise.
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Nate Alder Presents at College of Community Association Lawyers' Annual Law Seminar in Las Vegas
C&J's Nathan D. Alder presented to the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) at its annual Law Seminar on January 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Aria Resort).
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Karra Porter, Mary Corporon, and Kristen Kiburtz File Hard Hitting Tenth Circuit Appellate Brief in Jeremy Johnson Case
White collar criminal and appellate attorneys Karra J. Porter, Mary C. Corporon, and Kristen C. Kiburtz yesterday filed a hard hitting appellate brief in the Jeremy Johnson case with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.
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Geoff Haslam, Kristen Kiburtz, and Jeremy Stuart Prevail in Slip and Fall Case Involving a Flashlight
C&J attorneys Geoffrey C. Haslam, Kristen C. Kiburtz, and Jeremy S. Stuart recently prevailed on appeal in a premises liability case involving a slip and fall on a flashlight at a Megaplex Theater.
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Sarah Spencer Named to Forty Under 40 List by Utah Business
C&J attorney Sarah E. Spencer has been recognized by Utah Business for inclusion in its "Forty Under 40" program.
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Tanner Strickland Lenart Helps Client Avoid Hefty DABC Fine
C&J liquor law compliance attorney Tanner Strickland Lenart scored a recent victory for one her restaurant clients when she secured a minimal fine for her client under the Utah Transfer of License Act.
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Mary Corporon Featured in Several News Stories Over Delayed DNA Results in C&J Criminal Case
C&J criminal defense attorney Mary C. Corporon has recently been featured in several news stories regarding the now more than year long delay in obtaining DNA results from the Utah State crime lab in one of her cases.
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C&J Included in 2017 Edition of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
Christensen & Jensen has been selected by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers© for inclusion in the 2017 Edition of "Best Law Firms."™
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Eric Jenkins Participates in Mass Torts Panel Discussion at 2016 Fall Forum
Following a screening of the movie Erin Brockovich at the opening night of the 2016 Fall Forum, C&J attorney Eric K. Jenkins participated in a panel discussion regarding mass tort litigation and how those cases can pose unique challenges, whether you are a solo practitioner, mid-size law firm, or a larger firm.
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Gabe White Hosting 2016 Fall Forum Sponsored by C&J
C&J's Gabriel K. White is co-hosting this year's Fall Forum along with Amy Fowler of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City on November 17th and 18th.
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Karra Porter Squares Off Against Trial Counsel in Appellate Presentation at 2016 Fall Forum
C&J appellate and trial attorney Karra J. Porter, who has handled more than 150 civil and criminal appeals in her more than 30 years of experience, squares off in a boxing-style match with trial counsel at today's 2016 Fall Forum.
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Karra Porter and Sarah Spencer Present at "Short Legal Writing Course for Lawyers" CLE
C&J appellate attorneys Karra J. Porter and Sarah E. Spencer presented at last night's short legal writing course for lawyers CLE at the Utah State Bar.
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C&J Welcomes New Associate Crystal Orgill
C&J is proud to welcome its newest associate Crystal Orgill to the firm.
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Tanner Strickland Lenart Obtains Licensing Victory for Tobacco/Alcohol Shop Client
C&J liquor law compliance attorney Tanner Strickland Lenart recently obtained a significant victory for her tobacco/alcohol shop client.
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Mary Corporon Presenting at the 2016 UACDL Death Penalty Seminar
C&J criminal defense attorney Mary C. Corporon will be among the presenters at the 2016 UACDL Death Penalty Seminar, "Cutting Edge Strategies," hosted at the Utah State Bar building on November 4, 2016.
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Mary Corporon and the Utah Indigent Defense Commission Ready to Tackle Utah's Public Defender Problems
As we reported back in June, C&J criminal defense attorney Mary C. Corporon was appointed to the newly formed Utah Indigent Defense Commission.
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Nate Alder Presents "The Future of ADR in Utah" at the Annual Utah State Bar Dispute Resolution ADR Academy
On October 14, 2016, C&J dispute resolution attorney Nathan D. Alder presented "The Future of ADR in Utah" at the annual Utah State Bar Dispute Resolution Section ADR Academy.
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Karra Porter Quoted in Article About "Legal Bulldog" Marcus Mumford
C&J white collar defense attorney Karra J. Porter was recently quoted in an article about fellow Utah defense attorney Marcus Mumford, who the article has dubbed a "legal bulldog."
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Ruth Shapiro and Jeremy Stuart Obtain Defense Verdict in Matter Involving Allegations of Negligent Entrustment
C&J trial attorneys Ruth A. Shapiro and Jeremy S. Stuart recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client after a 2 week jury trial in Millard County, Utah.
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Heather Thuet Included in 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
C&J attorney Heather L. Thuet has been selected to the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars List.
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Eric Jenkins Chosen to 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
C&J's Eric K. Jenkins has been named to the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
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Mary Corporon Selected to 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers List
C&J attorney Mary C. Corporon has been included in the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers list.
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Sarah Spencer Included in 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
C&J's Sarah E. Spencer has been selected to the 2016 Mountain States Rising Stars list.
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George Burbidge Named to 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers List
C&J attorney George W. Burbidge II has been chosen to the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers list.
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Geoff Haslam Selected to 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers List
C&J attorney Geoffrey C. Haslam has been included in the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers list.
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Phil Lowry Dominates Yet Another Wasatch 100
C&J's Phil Lowry recently finished yet another Wasatch 100, which is described as "one of the most uniquely challenging ultrarunning events in the world."
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Rebecca Hill Chosen to 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers List
C&J's Rebecca L. Hill has been included in the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers list.
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C&J NYC Marathon Class Action Suit Settles
After months of negotiations, C&J's NYC Marathon class action suit has settled.
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Dave Richards and his Search Dog Cowboy Featured in 9/11 Story
C&J attorney David C. Richards and his search dog Cowboy were recently featured in a "Wirth Watching" story regarding Dave and Cowboy's rescue efforts in the days after 9/11.
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