AV rated trial attorney with extensive federal and state jury trial experience. Super Lawyer rated; ABOTA member.
Ms. Corporon's practice focuses on criminal defense, domestic, family and juvenile law, and general jury trial. Prior to joining Christensen & Jensen, Ms. Corporon was a shareholder with VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall and McCarthy for four years. Ms. Corporon was co-founder and partner in the law firm of Corporon & Williams, P.C. until 2011. She was an adjunct professor of trial advocacy from 1987 through 2013 at the University Of Utah College Of Law. She has presented numerous CLE seminars and conferences.
Ms. Corporon was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2009, in which members must display civility and integrity, and have completed at least 20 trials to jury verdict. Ms. Corporon is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® publication in the areas of Family Law and Family Law Mediation, and is listed by Utah Business Magazine as a Utah Legal Elite for criminal defense and family law. She has been recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers in white collar, DUI/DWI and general criminal defense. She has also been recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys. Mary has also been named by Utah Business Magazine as one of "Utah's Legal Elite" for 2020 and received the highest possible peer/judge-reviewed 2019 Judicial AV Preeminent ® Rating for legal ability and ethical standards. She has also been acknowledged on the Criminal Defense Super Lawyer list and awarded the AV Preeminent rating for 2023. Mary has been recognized by her peers as the 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” in Family Law Mediation in Salt Lake City, she is the singular top lawyer in this field and jurisdiction this year. Mary is also featured in the 30th edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” for her exceptional work in Family Law, and Family Law Mediation.
Ms. Corporon has had two cases reported in the nationally syndicated column, "News of the Weird.”
Areas of Practice
White Collar Criminal Defense:
Christensen & Jensen’s criminal defense practice brings together the traditional world of criminal defense, and the once-niche practice of white collar criminal defense. Whether you and/or your business have been accused of a crime, you have the right to due process under law, which includes the right to counsel and a fair and speedy trial. Because criminal charges can often result in significant penalties, whether economically or in terms of incarceration, it is vitally important to prepare an adequate defense. Preparing an adequate defense requires thorough knowledge of the criminal laws, the judicial processes for determining guilt and innocence, the applicable penalties, as well as knowing how judges will interpret the laws against a defendant. Christensen & Jensen’s criminal defense attorneys believe that the Constitution functions to protect the rights of every citizen, and we strive to zealously protect the rights of all our clients.
Family law at its most fundamental level involves the creation and termination of domestic relationships. Among these relationships are issues involving marriage, separation, divorce, division of assets, child custody, and child support. However, family law involves other important relationships and/or domestic issues, including, parental rights, adoption, guardianship, and even juvenile law. Because these issues involve family members, spouses, domestic partners, and/or children, they are often highly charged, both legally and emotionally, and the resolutions produced by these cases can have a lasting impact on the lives of those involved. As a result, it is critically important to have an attorney that can help guide you through this complex and emotional process, regardless of what side of the issue you are on.
Adoptions, Guardianships (adult and juvenile) and Conservatorships
General Jury Trial Practice:
Salt Lake County Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates (2009-present)
Utah Indigent Defense Commission (2016-present)
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, (Board Member 2008-Present), (President 1999-2000)
Vest Pocket Business Coalition, Board Member (2000-2010)
Salt Lake City Business Advisory Board (2004-2010), (Chair 2006-2008)
Utah State Bar, Ethics Advisory Opinion Comm. (1996-2007)
Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Rules of Criminal Procedure (1994-2004)
Utah Legal Services, Board of Trustees (1995-2002)
Utah Sentencing Guidelines Commission (1997-2004)
Sutherland Inn of Court, (appointed Master of the Bar 1990), (President of the Inn 2000-2001)
Utah State Bar, Family Law Section, Chair (1989-1990)
Utah State Bar, Ethics and Discipline Committee Screening Panel (1985-1992)
Utah State Bar, Examiner (1987-1998)
Utah State Child Support Legislative Advisory Committee (1988-1991)
*Ms. Corporon is “death qualified” to accept appointment to death penalty defense, under Utah Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 8, and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Select Lectures & Publications
New Yorker. When reporting becomes a defense for rioting? John Sullivan claims that he was at the Capitol insurrection as a neutral journalist. Others say he was a riot chaser who urged the mob to “burn this shit down." Andrew Marantz. February 3, 2021. https://bit.ly/36Td0kl
J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah -- William H. Leary Scholar
B.A., English, University of Utah, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Beehive Honor Society
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
Utah State Courts
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court, District of Utah
United States District Court, District of Colorado
Salt Lake City Office 801-323-5000
257 East 200 South, Suite 1100 Salt Lake City, Utah 84111