Nine Christensen & Jensen Attorneys Named to Utah ‘Legal Elite’
// Mar 18, 2021
Christensen & Jensen is proud to announce 9 attorneys from our firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Utah Legal Elite publication.
Legal Elite honorees are selected by their peers in a statewide balloting process. Active members of the Utah State Bar were invited to vote for Utah peers whom they consider the state’s best lawyers. The business received thousands of votes, and those who received the most votes are listed here, alphabetized within specialty areas.
Christensen & Jensen attorney, Sarah E. Spencer published in DRI For the Defense 2021 February edition
// Feb 19, 2021
Sarah E. Spencer, business development chair and shareholder at Christensen & Jensen, recently wrote an article, Sometimes the “Wrong” Decision Is Still Right, for the DRI published in the February 2021 edition of “For the Defense.”
C&J attorney, Mary Corporon, mentioned in Deseret News article about juror and courtroom members COVID-19 vaccination
// Feb 12, 2021
Mary states that halting trials until March 13, 2020, has significantly affected defendants and has placed the victims' lives on hold. This letter was submitted on behalf of The Utah Association of Criminal Defense. To read the full article click here.
Christensen & Jensen P.C. Included in the 2021 Edition of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States
// Nov 9, 2020
On November 5, 2020, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers jointly announced the Eleventh Edition of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States. C&J is proud to be included with the other elite and impressive law firms chosen for 2021.
C&J Attorneys, Amber Stargell & George Burbidge, to be panelists for ALFA International DAPP Webinar
// Nov 3, 2020
George Burbidge and Amber Stargell will be panelists for the upcoming ALFA International DAPP (Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program) Webinar on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. central time. They will speak about their involvement with Christensen & Jensen, the ALFA International member firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. This complimentary webinar will explore the importance of a diverse law firm, its significance, and its reflection of the firm’s culture and values. According to ALFA International, diversifying the workplace is vital for the firm’s bottom line.
George Burbidge is the former Managing Director of C&J and oversaw the firm’s DAPP involvement for the first year. He is an AV-rated trial lawyer and has represented businesses of all sizes.
Amber Stargell began her work at C&J as a summer clerk with the DAPP program in 2018. Since graduating from the University of Utah, Amber practices criminal, civil, personal injury, and probate litigation at C&J.
C&J attorney, Jeff Enquist, to serve on Salt Lake County Redistricting Commission
// Oct 27, 2020
Christensen & Jensen Attorneys would like to congratulate and announce that Jeff Enquist has been appointed to the Salt Lake County Redistricting Commission. Drawing electoral district boundaries is an important job and we are happy to have one of our own C&J attorneys selected for the task. The council appointed Jeff to the Commission on September 15, 2020. Congratulations, Jeff! We are proud to have you on our team.
C&J attorney, Heather L. Thuet, to swear-in new Utah State Bar members in Salt Lake City.
// Oct 14, 2020
The Utah State Bar is an organization that is leading society in the creation of a justice system that is understood, valued, respected and accessible to all. With over 12,000 of Utah's lawyers and judges, the Bar represents Utah lawyers and public and the legal profession.
C&J attorney, Geoff Haslam, Selected as Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
// Oct 14, 2020
Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" designation. The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition includes Geoffrey C. Haslam, attorney at Chistensen & Jensen. The 2021 Edition is based on more than 8 million evaluations and recognizes just over 65,000 attorneys in 147 practice areas.
"A Conversation With .." Sarah Spencer as featured on DRI's new podcast!
// May 8, 2020
Appellate Advocacy Committee vice-chair Sarah Elizabeth Spencer talks about her passions—doing intellectual battle as a Salt Lake City-based litigator and pursuing dangerous, daredevil hobbies in her spare time.
Todd Weiler interviewed regarding "fringe gambling" in Utah
// May 1, 2019
People say they’ve gambled away tens of thousands of dollars at a Utah laundromat. A new law will go into effect to crack down on shops using legal loopholes to get away with what’s called “fringe gambling.”
Heather Thuet Re-Elected as Bar Commissioner for the 3rd Division
// Apr 16, 2019
Heather is another example of Christensen & Jensen's committment to giving back to the legal community through service with the Utah State Bar. Our sincerest congratulations to Heather, and to Michelle Quist who won the other 3rd Division Commission seat as well as Heather Farnsworth, our 2019-2020 Bar President-Elect.
Stephen Kelson Selected as Keynote Speaker at Utah State Bar Spring Convention
// Mar 8, 2019
Stephen Kelson was the keynote speaker at the Utah State Bar Spring Convention in St. George this week. He presented findings on his ongoing study focusing on "Violence in the Legal Profession and a Study of Our Colleagues Nationwide."
DRI presentation "Preserving the Reocrd for Appeal" by Sarah Spencer
// Feb 28, 2019
Sarah Spencer will provide a DRI webinar presentation on "Preserving the Record for Appeal" available on May 29, 2019. Sarah's commitment to DRI events helps all members improve their legal skills and hone their craft. We are lucky to have her with C&J and congratulate her on being selected to present.
Sarah Spencer selected as DRI Apellate Advocacy 2019 Seminar Chair
// Feb 25, 2019
Sarah Spencer has been appointed as the Program Chair of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) National Appellate Advocacy Seminar, to be held in Chicago on July 19, 2019. Sarah has been active in the Appellate Advocacy Committee of DRI since 2014 and has provided her insight in many DRI articles.
Thirteen Attorneys from C&J named as 2019 Utah 'Legal Elite'
// Feb 3, 2019
Thirteen Attorneys from Christensen & Jensen have been named "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine for 2019. We are proud to announce that this year's list includes half of the firm members here at Christensen & Jensen!
Nate Alder named Master Mediator and rep for House of Delegates
// Nov 27, 2018
The Utah State Court Roster of Mediators has named Nate Alder one of its Master Mediators. Our sincerest congratulations to Nate on this well-deserved recognition. In addition to this position, Nate has been appointed as a representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates by the Utah State Bar. His term will run through 2020.
Steve Kelson's research on violence against attorneys cited by ABA Journal
// Aug 31, 2018
The recent ABA Journal features Steve Kelson in an article discussing violence against attorneys. Steve has reviewed nearly 12,0000 surveys from 27 states all on his own time to help the ABA compile national numbers. This recognition of his work is well deserved.
7 Attorneys from C&J selected for 25th edition of 'The Best Lawyers in America'
// Aug 15, 2018
The Best Lawyers 2019 edition was released today and 7 attorneys from Chistensen & Jensen were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America publication. Geoff Haslam was also named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for his work in Insurance Law.
Tanner Lennart mentioned in City Weekly as the writer's "favorite liqour lawyer"
// Jul 18, 2018
City Weekly's cover story features Tanner Lenart on Utah liqour laws, and writer Darby Doyle calls Tanner her favorite liqour lawyer. Tanner's growing recognition as Utah's favorite liqour lawyer is well deserved.
Sarah Spencer publishes article titled: "Is the Record Really Complete?"
// Jun 6, 2018
Sarah Spencer's article on "How Apppellate Courts Consider New Evidence on Appeal" in this month's publication by the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence. Sarah's expertise in appellate and other matters is one of Christensen & Jensen's most valuable assets.
Tanner Lenart interprets Utah’s peculiar liquor laws so the rest of us don’t have to
// May 2, 2018
Christensen & Jensen Attorney Tanner Lenart was featured in Salt Lake City Weekly today to get her take on Utah liquor laws. Tanner helps restaurateurs, bartenders and patrons understand the laws passed during Utah's short annual legislative session this year.
Nate Alder named as one of Utah State Aggies' ten most influential alumni
// Apr 27, 2018
The Utah Statesman, the student-led newspaper at Utah State University, has named C&J’s Nate Alder as one of Utah State’s ten most influential alumni. It solicited and gathered nominations for its “50 Most Influential Aggies” to identify individuals for their list.
Geoff Haslam, Nate Alder, and Karra Porter speak at Utah Association for Justice Event
// Apr 20, 2018
Geoff Haslam and Nate Alder were speakers at a nuts & bolts seminar sponsored by the Utah Association for Justice titled, "When is Mediation Useful and How to Make it Most Effective." Karra Porter spoke in the afternoon on "Preserving Matters for Appeal During Trial and What Happens After Verdict."
J.D. Lauritzen quoted by news on the audit of SLC police internal investigation policies
// Apr 18, 2018
Last summer's viral body cam footage of Nurse Alex Wubbel's arrest prompted a state audit reviewing the internal investigation policies of the Salt Lake City Police. J.D. Lauritzen offered a statement to reporters on the results of the audit that were recently released.
Heather Thuet to speak on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession
// Apr 17, 2018
On Thursday April 19th, Heather will be speaking at the New Lawyer Ethics Course held at the Utah Law & Justice Center regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Heather's discourse will begin at noon.
Karra Porter represents parolee shot three times by parole agent charged with aggravated assault
// Apr 9, 2018
Karra Porter discussed the shooting of her client Joe Alvin Gomez at a press conference at the offices of Christensen & Jensen today. The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office announced today that it had filed a criminal charge against AP&P Agent Andrew O'Gwin,
Heather Thuet to present on Principled Negotiations - When to Hold 'em and When to Fold 'em
// Jan 29, 2018
On February 9th, C&J's own Heather Thuet will be presenting at the 4th Annual Intermountain Construction Defect & Dispute Conference. Heather will speak on the subject of negotiations and "when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em."
There are some 200 cold cases of murders or missing persons in Utah, yet the state has no comprehensive up-to-date database that would help law enforcement bring perpetrators to justice. A new organization, the Utah Cold Case Coalition, says agencies could be doing a much better job sharing information and solving old homicides and disappearances.
Tanner Lenart featured on KUER on liquor laws in Utah
// Dec 20, 2017
Tanner Lenart, C&J's premier attorney specializing in liquor laws, was featured on KUER this week. Learn how a law designed for strip-clubs complicated the showing of the movie Deadpool at Brewvies in Salt Lake City. Tanner's clients are mostly bars and restaurants, she helps them navigate Utah’s complicated alcohol regulations.
Dave Richards & Sarah Spencer win 10th Circuit Appeal
// Nov 1, 2017
Sarah Spencer and Dave Richards secured a win for city representatives of Cottonwood Heights at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court affirmed the dismissal of constitutional and other claims thanks to the efforts of Christensen & Jensen's talented attorneys.
C&J obtains $500,000 settlement for Nurse Alex Wubbels
// Oct 31, 2017
Wubbels will use part of the settlement to help others pay the cost of obtaining their own body cam footage. Christensen & Jensen will provide free legal services to help people request footage, and appeal denials when appropriate.
Nine Attorneys from C&J named 2017's "Utah's Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine
// Sep 20, 2017
Nine of Christensen & Jensen's own were among those selected for inclusion in Utah Business Magazine's list of "Utah's Legal Elite" for 2017. When you contact the attorneys at C&J, you can know that you're getting elite legal advocacy from an experienced and respected attorney at "Utah's #1 medium-sized litigation firm" - Thomson-Reuters/Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015. Recipients of this honor were selected in the following practice areas:
Nathan D. Alder
Congratulations, and kudos to each attorney listed and for all of the skilled work on behalf of clients tthat this award recognizes.
C&J represents nurse who was assaulted after abiding by hospital policy against allowing police blood draw on an unconscious accident victim
// Aug 31, 2017
Alex Wubbels, was assaulted and arrested after explaining to police that she couldn't draw a blood sample from an unconscious person at University Hospital. A Salt Lake City police detective asked for a blood sample. After explaining to the detective that the police needed a warrant, consent from the unconscious patient, or that the patient needed to be under arrest before the blood sample could be drawn, the officer grabbed the nurse, twisted her arm back, dragged her outside, and left her handcuffed in a hot patrol car.
Three of C&J's attorneys have been selected by their peers for 2018's Best Lawyers in America awards
// Aug 17, 2017
Sarah Spencer, Phil Ferguson and Karra Porter have all been named by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America's 2018 publication. Each of these three is a legal star in their own right and these recognitions are further proof that we have the best attorneys in the state working for C&J.
Geoffrey Haslam and Nathan Alder ranked in the the top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers
// Jul 26, 2017
Christensen & Jensen attorneys Geoffrey C. Haslam and Nathan D. Alder were recently named in the Mountain States 2017 Super Lawyers top 100. The list is comprised of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Recipients are selected through independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
Mary Corporon interviewed regarding Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott
// Jul 23, 2017
Mary Corporon faced news cameras this week in a press conference to address the status of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott. In the midst of a sensitive health situation, Mary helped the Ott family take steps to provide a guardianship for the former County Recorder's health and to step down from his position with the county. Christensen & Jensen is proud to have attorneys that are tactful, professional, and composed under pressure. A link to the interview is provided below.
Nate Alder champions design innovation to help basic consumers get through the legal system
// Jul 6, 2017
As Governing Council for the ABA's Center for Innovation, Nathan Alder comments that BYU's LawX's program, combining a high-tech approach with the goal of building fairness in the law was both timely and noble.
Rebecca Hill & Bryson Brown win summary judgment motion in insurance coverage case
// Jun 23, 2017
Rebecca Hill and Bryson Brown recently won summary judgment in United States District Court on behalf of an insurance company which was relieved of any duty to defend an insured for intentional and/or criminal acts.
After Experience with the Tribune, Karra Porter offers antitrust insight on the Chicago Sun Times purchase
// Jun 23, 2017
Karra Porter was interviewed today by Global Competition Review in Washington, D.C., about the antitrust implications of competing bids to buy the Chicago Sun Times. Karra was lead counsel in the antitrust lawsuit that facilitated last year’s purchase of the Salt Lake Tribune by local owners.
Navy Senior Officers Vote 3-0 to Retain C&J Client Lt. David Nartker
// Apr 24, 2017
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, a three member separation panel for the United States Navy voted unanimously to retain C&J client Lieutenant David Nartker, rejecting recommendations from commanders to discharge Lt. Nartker from the Navy.
Tanner Strickland Lenart Featured in Utah Business Article Regarding "Sweeping Changes" in Utah Liquor Law
// Mar 13, 2017
C&J restaurant/hospitality and alcohol beverage licensing & compliance attorney Tanner Strickland Lenart was recently featured in a Utah Business article regarding the numerous changes to Utah's liquor laws that have come out of this year's legislative session.
Jury Returns "Mitigated Guilt" Verdict Following Two-Week Trial in High Profile St. George Murder Case
// Feb 10, 2017
C&J criminal defense attorneys Mary C. Corporon and J.D. Lauritzen, along with their co-counsel Gary Pendleton, recently obtained a "mitigated guilt" verdict for their client in a high profile murder case in St. George, Utah following a two-week trial.
Karra Porter, Mary Corporon, and Kristen Kiburtz File Hard Hitting Tenth Circuit Appellate Brief in Jeremy Johnson Case
// Jan 12, 2017
White collar criminal and appellate attorneys Karra J. Porter, Mary C. Corporon, and Kristen C. Kiburtz yesterday filed a hard hitting appellate brief in the Jeremy Johnson case with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.
Tanner Strickland Lenart Helps Client Avoid Hefty DABC Fine
// Dec 2, 2016
C&J liquor law compliance attorney Tanner Strickland Lenart scored a recent victory for one her restaurant clients when she secured a minimal fine for her client under the Utah Transfer of License Act.
Mary Corporon Featured in Several News Stories Over Delayed DNA Results in C&J Criminal Case
// Dec 2, 2016
C&J criminal defense attorney Mary C. Corporon has recently been featured in several news stories regarding the now more than year long delay in obtaining DNA results from the Utah State crime lab in one of her cases.
Karra Porter Squares Off Against Trial Counsel in Appellate Presentation at 2016 Fall Forum
// Nov 17, 2016
C&J appellate and trial attorney Karra J. Porter, who has handled more than 150 civil and criminal appeals in her more than 30 years of experience, squares off in a boxing-style match with trial counsel at today's 2016 Fall Forum.
Mary Corporon Presenting at the 2016 UACDL Death Penalty Seminar
// Oct 21, 2016
C&J criminal defense attorney Mary C. Corporon will be among the presenters at the 2016 UACDL Death Penalty Seminar, "Cutting Edge Strategies," hosted at the Utah State Bar building on November 4, 2016.
Rebecca Hill and Erika Larsen Co-Author Utah Chapter of Recent ABA Publication
// Aug 25, 2016
C&J attorney Rebecca L. Hill and C&J 3L law clerk Erika Larsen co-authored the Utah Chapter of the recently released American Bar Association publication titled: "Reasonable Expectations: Interpreting Insurance Policies in Common Law Jurisdictions."
C&J Lawsuit Over Skateboarding's Bid to be Added to 2020 Tokyo Olympics Garnering Much Attention
// Aug 1, 2016
A lawsuit filed by C&J attorneys Karra J. Porter, Phillip E. Lowry, and Tyler V. Snow, in conjunction with a California law firm, on behalf of the World Skateboarding Federation ("WSF") is creating a host of national/international media coverage on the eve of a decision of whether to add skateboarding to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Dave Richards and Tanner Strickland Lenart Obtain Summary Judgment on Opposition's "Unreasonable Use" Claim
// Jun 30, 2016
C&J water law attorneys David C. Richards and Tanner Strickland Lenart recently prevailed on summary judgment in a case involving a dispute over the alleged flooding of a property bought and developed by the plaintiff.
Tenth Circuit Rules in Favor of C&J Client in Dave Richards and Sarah Spencer Case
// Jun 27, 2016
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of the client of C&J attorneys’ David C. Richards and Sarah E. Spencer in a case involving a claim arising under the Utah Constitution for “unnecessary rigor.”
Heather Thuet to Accept President's Award on Behalf of Utah State Bar Litigation Section Board at Utah State Bar's 85th Anniversary Gala
// Jun 9, 2016
As Chair of the Utah State Bar's Litigation Section, Heather Thuet will be accepting the President's Award on behalf of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section Board at the Utah State Bar's 85th Anniversary Gala on June 30, 2016.
Heather Thuet to Announce Recipients of Judicial Excellence Award and Recipient of Litigator's Cup
// May 12, 2016
As Chair of the Utah State Bar's Litigation Section, Heather Thuet will be announcing the 10 recipients of the 2016 Judicial Excellence Award and the recipient of the Litigator’s Cup at the Annual Meeting on June 10 in Moab.
Karra Porter Speaking About Tribune Case at Osher Brown Bag Lunch
// Apr 19, 2016
On Wednesday, April 20th, Karra Porter, along with members of the Utah Newspaper Project, will be speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning brown bag luncheon regarding the antitrust litigation involving Salt Lake's two newspapers.