Zach is a zealous trial attorney. He has won trials and negotiated favorable settlements for his clients. His training, creativity, and sense of justice make him the perfect person to vindicate your rights.
Zach loves helping people who are down on their luck. Zach served as the President of the non-profit organization Emerging Legal Leaders (“ELL”), which raised funds for non-profit legal services. Prior to law school, Zach assisted refugee immigrants adjust to their new lives in the United States as a case manager at the Refugee and Immigrant Center at the Asian Association of Utah.
His academic accomplishments include serving as the Senior Submissions Editor for the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, publication in legal periodicals, and receipt of the 2007 Mahaffey Award for Intercollegiate Speech and Debate.
Christiansen & Jensen recruited Zach to join the firm as an associate attorney in 2020. He currently specializes in personal injury, construction defect, insurance claims, real estate and business disputes, and employment law.
Zach is an expert in obtaining compensation for people who have been hurt in accidents. If you have been injured, you should talk to him. You may not realize what options are available for you. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life. Zach can investigate possible claims and present a strategy to help you pay your bills and obtain a full recovery.
Zach has successfully defended contractors against allegations of negligent workmanship and construction.
Zach won summary judgment in a declaratory action lawsuit on behalf of an insurance company that denied coverage to contractor for damage, caused by water accumulation, to a large condominium complex in Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Green Property Solutions, U.S. District Court, District of Utah, Civil No. 1:19-cv-00010-DB.
Zach represents businesses and individuals in real estate and business disputes.
Obtained six-figure settlement for virtual health-training company based on claims of copyright infringement, breach of contract, and theft of trade secrets.
Successfully defended tenant by winning appeal to the Utah Court of Appeals in Mountain View Colonial Apartments v. Isais, 2017 UT App 104, 400 P.3d 1166. Client was awarded attorney fees as the prevailing party.
Won trial representing tenant based on landlord’s wrongful harassment and unlawful eviction (known as forcible entry and detainer).
Won trial on behalf of tenant in which landlord was seeking to evict tenant for alleged violation of Utah’s Unlawful Detainer Act.
Zach has successfully represented employees for claims based on employment discrimination (based on sex, race, disability, and religion); retaliation; violation of the Family Medical Leave Act; and violation of the Equal Pay Act.
Obtained six-figure settlement on behalf of woman who was paid thousands less than male coworkers who had the same job duties and responsibilities.
Negotiated settlement on behalf employee who was fired after he complained to his employer about unsafe work conditions.
Negotiated settlement on behalf of woman who was called derogatory names at work and then was fired after she complained to her supervisor about the way she was being treated.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2014
Senior Admissions Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
J. Rueben Clark Law Society
Greenhalgh Mock Trial Competition
Utah State University, B.S. Political Science—Law and Constitutional Studies 2009
Mahafee Award for Speech and Debate (2007)
First Place Parliamentary Debate, Lewis and Clarke College (2007)
First Place Informative Speaking, Lewis and Clarke College (2008)
Second Place Parliamentary Debate, Linfield College (2008)
A Pin Award (2008)
Utah State Bar
Litigation Section (2016-Present)
Emerging Legal Leaders
Executive Committee (2016-2019)
Utah Legal Education
Volunteer Mock Trial Judge (2015-Present)