Sarah is an experienced trial attorney, litigator, and appellate advocate. She practices law in Utah, Colorado, and the federal Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Sarah graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004. She started law school at the age of eighteen and obtained her juris doctorate degree shortly after she turned 21. After serving two judicial clerkships, Sarah joined Christensen & Jensen in 2007 and became a shareholder of the firm in 2014.
Sarah serves as lead trial counsel in commercial and business tort cases. Her experience is broad. She handles lawsuits alleging breach of contract, common law and statutory fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, trademark/copyright infringement, and trade dress violations, among other claims and causes of action. Sarah has successfully prosecuted and defended against emergency motions for injunctive relief and has first-chaired evidentiary hearings on such motions. She has won numerous cases by summary judgment after years of hard-fought litigation.
Sarah also defends the interests of businesses that are sued for product defects, breaches of warranty, and negligence. She has defended cases involving a diverse array of products including, motor vehicles, trailers, watercraft, vehicle components, exercise equipment, medical devices, window blinds, pharmaceuticals, ammunitions, appliances, farm implements, complex industrial machinery, pressurized bottles, fire suppression systems, toilets/sinks/plumbing materials, and chemical solvents, among others. She also defends businesses and businesspeople sued for negligence in all forms including professional liability, premises liability, trucking and motor vehicle accidents, and wrongful death claims.
Sarah is an experienced appellate lawyer. She has been counsel of record in more than thirty appeals. She handles all facets of appellate work. Her experience includes interlocutory appeals, appeals of injunctions, appeals of summary judgment orders, and post-trial appeals. She is experienced in preparing merits briefs, petitions for interlocutory appeal, motions for 54(b) certification, petitions for certiorari, and amicus briefs. In connection with her appellate work, Sarah served as chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Utah State Bar in the 2017-2018 Bar year. She has been active in the Appellate Advocacy Committee of DRI (Defense Research Institute) since 2014. Sarah is currently serving as the vice-chair for the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee.
Sarah has received numerous professional accolades. She has received the highest possible AV–rating from Martindale–Hubbell. Sarah has regularly been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and an “Up and Coming” lawyer by Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite.” Every year since 2016, Sarah’s peers have selected her for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the practice area of commercial litigation. In 2017, Utah Business Magazine named her one of Utah’s “Forty under 40” young professionals.
Sarah represents businesses and individuals in business–related disputes, including cases involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, consumer sales practices, and other business torts. Representative matters include:
Sarah litigates intellectual property cases involving trade secrets, trademark infringement, unfair competition, trade dress violations, copyright infringement, etc. Representative matters include:
Sarah defends product liability, personal injury, and property damage claims. Representative matters include:
Sarah represents entities and individuals in appeals before the Utah Supreme Court, Utah Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in appeals from Utah administrative agencies. Representative matters include: