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News: Dave Richards & Sarah Spencer win 10th Circuit Appeal
Attorneys at C&J are again involved in appellate cases highlighted in the Utah Bar Journal.  Sarah Spencer and Dave Richards represented the defendants in the Tenth Circuit appeal in Pyle v. Woods, 874 F.3d 1257 (10th Cir. Nov. 1, 2017).  The 10th Circuit sided with our client in a civil rights case based on the warrantless search of Utah’s prescription drug database in the course of a theft investigation.  The case involved a Cottonwood Heights detective, investigating the theft of opiods from Unified Fire Authority ambulances, accessed the database to develop suspect leads of those who might have had opiod dependencies. 

Two suspects leads resulted but neither was ever prosecuted for the theft.  Both plaintiffs brought suit for alleged violations of their civil rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution as well as a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  The appellate court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Constitutional claims on the basis of qualified immunity and agreed that the defendants’ actions fit within exemptions to the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  At the time of the investigation, a warrant was not necessarily required to access the database.  Christensen & Jensen attorneys are frequently at the forefront of reported case law and have expertise in appellate practice.
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Nine Christensen & Jensen Attorneys Named to Utah ‘Legal Elite’
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.

The Christensen & Jensen Legal Elite are:
  • Geoff Haslam
    • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Nate Alder
    • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Steve Kelson
    • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Sarah Spencer
    • Civil Litigation
  • Mary Corporon
    • Criminal
  • Rebecca Hill
    • Insurance
  • Dave Richards
    • Personal Injury
  • Heather Thuet
    • Real Estate
  • Jeff Enquist
    • Up & Coming (Healthcare)
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Christensen & Jensen attorney, Sarah E. Spencer published in DRI For the Defense 2021 February edition
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.”
 
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C&J attorney, Mary Corporon, mentioned in Deseret News article about juror and courtroom members COVID-19 vaccination

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

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Christensen & Jensen P.C. Included in the 2021 Edition of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States

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.   

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