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W. Kevin Tanner

kevin.tanner@chrisjen.com
VCard
257 East 200 South, Suite 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
 

Kevin joined Christensen & Jensen in 2022 with 20 years of insurance defense litigation experience. Kevin began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Pamela Greenwood, Judge, Utah Court of Appeals. Since 2003, Kevin’s practice has focused primarily in the areas of insurance defense and personal injury litigation, handling cases form inception through jury trial. Over this time, he has defended hundreds of personal injury cases, represented clients in jury trials throughout the State, and has argued for his clients in dozens of mediations and arbitrations. He has directly represented insurance companies in well over a hundred underinsured and uninsured arbitrations. He is presently a board member of the Utah Defense Lawyers Association.

Areas of Practice

Insurance Defense:

  • Kevin has represented insured persons in a wide array of personal injury actions including those stemming from automobile, recreational vehicle, or other transportation related accidents, sports and recreational injuries, food poisoning, slip and falls, and animal related injuries, including those from a dog attack. He has also defended construction defect, snow removal and drainage claims. Kevin has represented insurers in subrogation actions, underinsured and uninsured claims and litigation, and property damage matters, including diminution of value claims. Kevin has obtained defense verdicts in disputed automobile and premises liability cases.‚Äč


Civil Litigation/Personal Injury:

  • Over the course of 20 years gaining this experience, Kevin has the ability to represent clients at all levels of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Kevin has spent the last fifteen years litigating as a “first chair attorney” and has the experience needed to all aspects of litigation from discovery through trial. As to personal injury matters, he understands the defenses raised by insurance carriers as well as the need and ability to properly present a personal injury case including underinsured and uninsured matters.

Mediation/Arbitration:

  • Kevin’s experience includes the valuation of a wide range of personal injury claims, an understanding of the cost benefit analysis required in litigation to assess risks, rewards and likely outcomes, which has allowed him to successfully mediate and negotiate the settlement of hundreds of cases on behalf of his clients. This includes liability issues as well as causation issues relating to resolved and permanent injuries, temporary and permanent impairments, life care plans, and all other facets of a personal injury claim. As a result, he is capable of mediating or arbitrating personal injury matters.

REPORTED CASES

  • Kraft v. Washington, 2010 UT App 266 (Utah Ct. App. 2010), Memorandum Decision.

EDUCATION

  • 2000 Juris Doctorate, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Cum Laude
  • 1997 Bachelor of Arts, Double Major, Spanish and International Relations, Brigham Young University

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS/PRO BONO/STATE BAR DUTIES

  • January 2020 to Present – Board Member, Utah Defense Lawyers Association
  • Summer 2009 to Present – Bar Exam Grader, Utah State Bar, Civil Procedure Section

LICENSURE AND ADMISSIONS

  • 2000 Utah Supreme Court
  • 2000 United States District Court, District of Utah
  • 2003 United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

PUBLICATION

  • Bad Faith Claims Against Insurers: The State of Utah Law Fifteen Years after Beck v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, The BYU Journal of Public Law, vol. 15, n. 1, 2000

LANGUAGE

  • Conversational fluency in Spanish
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