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Geoffrey C. Haslam

geoffrey.haslam@chrisjen.com
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257 East 200 South, Suite 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Since joining Christensen & Jensen in 1995, Geoff’s practice has focused on litigation. He has extensive experience in product liability, professional liability, construction, and personal injury defense, and serves as panel counsel for many corporations and liability insurers. As a long-time member and Panel Chair of the Utah State Bar’s Ethics and Discipline Committee, Geoff also offers unique insight for attorneys facing potential disciplinary proceedings. Geoff is regularly appointed as a mediator, arbitrator or special master in a wide variety of cases.

Geoff has been recognized as one of Utah's "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine, as a "Superlawyer" by Mountain States Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), and as one of the “Best Lawyers in America." He also has the highest ("AV") rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Products Liability: Responsible for the national and statewide representation of major manufacturers and distributors in product liability litigation including products ranging from pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, helicopters, aircrafts, recreational equipment, farm equipment to heavy machinery used in construction. Manages mass tort litigation for numerous out-of-state and Utah companies. Representative matters include:

National product counsel for large supplement company, obtained defense ruling in arbitrated case in Iowa, and obtained voluntary dismissal by plaintiff without compensation on eve of arbitration in New York
Defended numerous Fen-Phen cases, obtaining voluntary dismissals without compensation
Served as Utah counsel for several companies sued for asbestos-containing products, obtaining voluntary dismissal in nearly all cases without payment
Defended numerous catastrophic injury and death claims involving wide range of products


Transportation:

Defended multiple trucking companies in numerous wrong death, personal injury, and property damage cases
Defended several Carmack Amendment cases for interstate carriers
Obtained defense award at trial for Airline in tariff case
 

Construction: Represents architects, engineers, and contractors in construction defect litigation. Serves as mediator in construction defect claims. Representative matters include:

Defended architect in $20 million construction defect claim involving condomium development; successfully avoided being named in suit
Defended electrical contractor in complex claim alleging faulty wiring in commercial building
Defended several general contractors in Salt Lake City and St. George areas, including general contractors, excavators, and concrete contractors, in defect claims
Successfully resolved as mediator various construction defect and breach of contract cases
 

Professional Liability: Represents health care professionals, design professionals, accountants, attorneys, and other professionals against allegations of negligence or fraud, and in licensing matters. Representative matters include:

Obtained voluntary dismissal without payment of claims against surgical center
Represented architects, appraisers, and other design professionals in third-party claims
Obtained favorable result for client nurse in wrongful death case
Defended accountants in claims alleging negligent tax advice
Successfully defended attorney against OPC claims
 

Mediation and Arbitration: Regularly serves as mediator and arbitrator in construction, personal injury, and commercial cases. Geoff’s success rate as a mediator is among the highest of any mediator in Utah.


RECOGNITIONS
"Utah Legal Elite," Utah Business Magazine 2006 to present
"Super Lawyer," Mountain States Super Lawyers 2007 to present
"The Best Lawyers in America" 2014 to present
"Best Lawyers" Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" 2017
Mountain States 2017 Super Lawyers top 100 
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
 

CURRENT ADMISSIONS
Utah State Courts, 1995
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1996
 

EDUCATION
University of Utah, B.A. Honors English, 1992
University of Utah, J.D., 1995
Utah Law Review, Note and Comment Editor


LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS
Speaker, "Mediation Tips," Utah Defense Lawyers Association, Salt Lake City, 2016
Speaker, "Mediating Brain Injury Cases," Utah Association of Justice, Salt Lake City, 2016
Speaker, "Insight on Big Verdict in a Small Town," Utah State Bar, Logan, 2013
ALFA Transportation Committee Compendium, "Hot Issues in the Transportation Industry"—Utah, 2013
Speaker, “Is Arbitration better than Trial?” Association of Corporate Counsel, Mountain West Chapter, Winter Meeting, Park City, 2011
Speaker, "Utah Insurance Law," presented at Farm Bureaus Property & Casualty Ins. Co. Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, 2011
Co-author, “Utah Unfair Trade Practices,” Defense Research Institute 50 State Compendium, 2006
Speaker, “Product Liability Pitfalls for the Packaging Industry,” National Pharmaceutical Packaging Association Seminar, San Francisco, 2005
Co-author, “Product Liability Defenses in Utah,” Defense Research Institute 50 State Compendium, 2001
 

SELECT RULINGS AND OPINIONS
Walker v. Anderson-Oliver Title lns. Co, 2013 Utah App. 202 (determining title insurer did not assume liability of abstractor)
U.S. ex rel. Ellsworth v. United Business Brokers of Utah, LLC, No. 2:09CV353DAK, 2011 WL 1871225 (D. Utah 2011) (obtaining dismissal of qui tam claim for failure to plead with particularity)
Howeth v. Aramark Corp., 2011 WL 2414377 D.Utah, 2011 (determining that cross-claim for apportionment of fault remains viable in Utah)
American Towers v. CCL Mechanical, 930 P.2d 1182, (Utah 1996) (established “economic loss rule” defense in case against design professional)
Hardman v. Specialty Services, 177 F.3d 921 (10th Cir. 1999) (interpreted “dual employee” doctrine for purposes of employer’s liability for worksite injury)
 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice in all Utah state and federal courts, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Utah State Bar and American Bar Association
Utah Supreme Court Ethics and Discipline Committee, 2005-2011, Panel Chair, 2008-2011
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2006 – present
Association of Transportation Law Professionals


FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Spanish
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