Karra Porter has been President or Managing Director of Christensen & Jensen for 19 years. She is co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Crisis Management practice groups, and is one of the most experienced and successful commercial and appellate lawyers in Utah. She has consistently been recognized by Super Lawyers/Thomsen Reuters as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the intermountain west (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming), and as one of the nation’s best attorneys for corporate and commercial matters. Karra has also been consistently named one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine.
After working as a journalist in her home state of Kansas, Karra went to law school at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating near the top of her class in 1987. Karra’s specialty is complex federal litigation. She has recently handled large cases involving the Federal Trade Commission Act, Lanham Act, Internal Revenue Code, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, False Claims Act, Small Business Act, National Labor Relations Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and other federal and state statutes.
Karra is regularly hired by other lawyers and law firms to handle complex matters and appeals, and regularly advises or represents clients in media relations and crisis management matters.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Commercial and Business Litigation: Represents corporations and individuals in contract disputes, trade secret and unfair competition claims, trademark and intellectual property litigation, statutory claims, franchise disputes, and numerous other commercial disputes. Representative matters include:
Personal Injury and Insurance Bad Faith: In select cases, Karra represents persons who have been harmed by the wrongful conduct of a third party. Karra has represented heirs in wrongful death claims, whistleblowers in False Claims Act (qui tam) actions, and persons who have wrongfully been deprived of rights under insurance policies, contracts, statutes, or Constitutional provisions. Representative matters include:
Appeals: Karra is one of the most experienced and successful appellate lawyers in Utah, having been lead or co-lead counsel in more than 120 appeals before the Utah Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Utah Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court, and in Arizona, California, Idaho, New York, Ohio, and Wyoming appellate courts. Karra is regularly asked by the Utah Supreme Court to argue cases at a university or law school as a teaching experience for students. She is known as a quick study in virtually any area of law, and has prosecuted appeals in a wide range of areas. Representative matters from just the past few years include:
Crisis Management: Karra represents businesses and individuals in sensitive and emergent situations, including media relations, interaction with governmental agencies, important or emergency court proceedings, and public relations issues.
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