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William J. Hansen

william.hansen@chrisjen.com

257 East 200 South, Suite 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Bill Hansen is one of the most creative and successful personal injury attorneys in Utah. He has obtained extraordinary recoveries in difficult cases that other attorneys were unwilling to handle, and has been able to aggressively identify and pursue claims that other attorneys have missed. Bill is willing to take on matters that require extended litigation, especially for clients who do not have the resources to do so. Bill receives great pleasure from helping severely injured individuals restore their lives after devastating accidents. He has established a reputation as a tough, but fair litigator. One of his largest clients is the Workers Compensation Fund (WCF). He has successfully handled hundreds of personal injury claims for WCF.
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Personal injury: Represents injured persons in all types of personal injury cases, at all stages from on-site investigation to trial through appeal, if necessary.
Construction Accidents: Bill has extensive experience in representing workers who have been injured in construction accidents. He understands the complexities of multi-party litigation involving the negligence of general contractors, subcontractors, and property owners. He is familiar with OSHA and safety regulations, the violation of which may lead to catastrophic injuries


Premises Liability: Bill has handled dozens of cases in which individuals were injured because of an unsafe condition on property owned or controlled by defendants
Wrongful Death: Bill has successfully handled numerous wrongful death cases caused by the carelessness of individuals and large corporations


Automobile and Truck Accidents: Bill represents persons who have received significant injuries from automobile and truck accidents, including maximizing the recoveries of his clients. In addition, he makes sure that all of the available insurance coverage is identified and pursued, including uninsured, underinsured, and no-fault motorist coverage


Product Liability: Bill has obtained large recoveries from manufacturers of defective products, including ladders, tire shredders, oil rigs, mechanical equipment, and other dangerous machines that have killed or maimed innocent victims
 

RECOGNITIONS
AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell
“Legal Elite,” Utah Business Magazine, Personal Injury
President, Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter
Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University, Business Law, 1985-2003
 

EDUCATION
University of Utah, B.A. in Psychology, 1976, magna cum laude
J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D. 1980
 

SELECTED LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS
Bill has given numerous lectures and presentations in the legal profession, including:
Presenter at National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) “Use of Extra Legal Eyes”
Federal Bar Association
Continuing Legal Education Seminars
Utah Paralegal Association
Utah Association for Justice “Successful Third Party Recovery in Tough Situations”
 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & ADMISSIONS
Utah State Bar
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association (Past President, Utah Chapter)
Utah Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
 

ACADEMIC HONORS
Graduated from University of Utah Magna Cum Laude (top 10% of class)
Phi Beta Kappa Scholastic Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor Society
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Christensen & Jensen, P.C. 1980 - present
Shareholder, 1986 – present
Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2015 - present
Adjunct Professor – 1985-2003 Brigham Young University – teaching Business Law
 

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
Bill has been admitted to practice in the following courts:
Utah State District Courts
Utah Federal District Court
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court


SELECT RULINGS AND OPINIONS
Robinson v. Mt. Logan Clinic, 2008 UT 21, 182 P.3d 333 (allowing client police officer to pursue injury claim caused by misrepresentation of 911 caller)
Ault v. Holden, 2002 UT 33, 44 P.3d 781 (ruling for client landowner in boundary by acquiescence case)
Straub v. Fisher and Paykel, 990 P.2d 384 (Utah 1999) (affirming summary judgment for client medical device manufacturer in product liability claim involving death caused by plaintiff’s misuse of product)
Glover v. Boy Scouts of America, 923 P.2d 1383 (Utah 1996) (affirming summary judgment for client Boy Scouts of America in brain injury claim)
Ault v. Dubois, 739 P.2d 1117 (Utah Ct. App. 1987) (affirming trial court verdict in a property damage case)
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