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Ruth A. Shapiro

ruth.shapiro@chrisjen.com

257 East 200 South, Suite 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111



Ruth, a Shareholder with Christensen & Jensen, is one of the most active and successful trial attorneys in Utah and the Intermountain region. In her 24+ years of practice, Ruth has averaged two trials per year, defending catastrophic injury, wrongful death, employment, product liability, and premises liability cases. In the past four years alone, Ruth has obtained defense jury verdicts in matters involving an employment contract dispute, a fatality from use of farm equipment (with a $3 million demand), a double fatality from a truck accident (with a $22 million demand), employment discrimination, premises liability, snow tubing, skier-collision, and $2.8 million catastrophic injury case. Ruth is Chair of Christensen & Jensen’s Employment Defense practice group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Personal Injury Defense group.
 
Prior to joining Christensen & Jensen in 2001, Ruth practiced with lawfirms in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. She also served as in-house counsel for a large liability insurance carrier’s third-party administrator. Prior to enrolling in law school, Ruth played professional tennis, traveling throughout North America to compete. Ruth currently participates in local, regional, and national road cycling events with a regional cycling team.  Ruth was recently appointed to USA Cycling's Safety Advisory Committee.


AREAS OF PRACTICE
Catastrophic Personal Injury Defense: Defends corporations and individuals in claims and lawsuits involving significant personal injury. Recent representative matters includes:
 
Defense jury verdict in a farm equipment fatality matter in which there was a $3 million demand
Defense jury verdict in a double fatality trucking matter in which there was a $22 million demand
Defense jury verdict in a premises liability matter involving significant lower extremity injuries
Defense jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case involving a recreational accident
Defense jury verdict in a significant personal injury matter involving a truck versus bicycle accident
 

Employment Defense:  Defends corporations in employment related litigation and administrative claims in Federal District Court, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Utah Anti-discrimination and Labor Division, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, and other administrative agencies; Proactive counseling regarding corporate manuals, handbooks, and human resource practices. Recent representative matters include:

Defense jury verdict in an employment contract dispute
Defense jury verdict in a Federal employment discrimination matter
Successful defense of a racial discrimination class action brought by the EEOC
Successful defense of a non-compete agreement dispute
Successful defense and no-cause findings involving discrimination claims of gender, race, disability, national origin, and retaliation
Successful defense of numerous claims of wrongful termination (actual and constructive), failure to promote, failure to hire, and wage violations
Successful defense of numerous matters involving claims of sexual harassment
Successful defense of numerous matters involving medical and pharmaceutical malpractice before the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Risk & Crisis Management: Advises businesses in risk prevention, conducts internal and post-incident investigations, and assists with handling and managing sensitive and high exposure matters. Representative areas of assistance include:
Mitigation of risk through corporate policies and procedures
High profile and sensitive on-site investigations
Preservation of evidence
Addressing publicity and social media needs and dissemination of information


EDUCATION
Marquette University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992
Lafayette College, B.A., History, 1986


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice in all Utah state and federal courts, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Admitted to practice in Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.
Utah State Bar, Litigation Section
Utah Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Ski Utah, Board of Directors member 2002-2008
 
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