News: Geoff Haslam, Kristen Kiburtz, and Jeremy Stuart Prevail in Slip and Fall Case Involving a Flashlight
// Jan 12, 2017
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. On appeal, the plaintiff argued that the district court erred in granting summary judgment because he alleged their was a dispute over when the theater was inspected in relation to the time he slipped on the flashlight and fell. The Utah Court of Appeals disagreed, siding with the arguments made by the C&J attorneys. Ultimately, the court of appeals found that even if there was a dispute as to the exact time when the theater was inspected in relation to the fall, that fact was "not material to the resolution of the underlying legal issue in this case," which is whether the flashlight "had been [on the floor] for an appreciable time." Because the plaintiff could not present any evidence "about how the flashlight came to be on the floor or how long it might have been on the floor before the accident," the court of appeals said there was "no basis for a jury to determine the amount of time the flashlight was on the floor before the accident." As a result, the court of appeals concluded that the plaintiff had failed to demonstrate a genuine issue of fact as to the element of constructive notice, and denied the plaintiff's appeal. Congratulations to Geoff, Kristen, and Jeremy on their victory for their client. Read the court of appeals' full opinion here,
Steve Kelson's research on violence against attorneys cited by ABA Journal
// Aug 31, 2018
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.
7 Attorneys from C&J selected for 25th edition of 'The Best Lawyers in America'
// Aug 15, 2018
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.
American Board of Trial Advocates welcomes Ruth Shapiro
// Aug 10, 2018
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.