Christensen & Jensen A Professional Corporation

Christensen & Jensen A Professional Corporation

Christensen & Jensen has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in civil suits in the Utah region for over sixty years.

Firm Overview

Its litigation and trial attorneys are experienced in a broad and diverse range of civil practice areas, and look forward to meeting your legal services needs.

Attorneys at Christensen & Jensen have received prestigious honors from numerous organizations, including The Best Lawyers in America, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the American Bar Association, the Utah State Bar, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Utah Association for Justice, among others. Christensen & Jensen is home to several AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated attorneys, the highest rating for competence and ethics given by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings service, the legal service industry's premier ratings organization. Christensen & Jensen is also a member of the American Law Firm Association (ALFA International), a select group of American and international law firms that network and collaborate to benefit clients.

Christensen & Jensen offers legal services under a variety of payment options, including traditional hourly rates and contingency agreements, as well as alternative fee arrangements.
Main Office
Main Office
15 West South Temple, Suite 800
Salt Lake City  UT  84101
Phone
  • 801-323-5000
Websites
Employment
Christensen & Jensen has extensive experience in representing businesses in employment-related matters.
Chair Ruth Shapiro is statewide employment counsel for several large Utah companies, and has defended a wide range of claims from ADA claims to class actions brought by the EEOC.

Representative matters include:

-Representing clients before the Utah Labor Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, and other administrative agencies
-Defending clients against claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Equal Pay Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII and the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, National Labor Relations Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, state and federal whistleblower laws, and other state statutes and common law
-Representing employers in workers' compensation and occupational disease claims
-Crisis management
-Internal investigations
-Consultation before and after employment actions
-Responding to union organization drives
-Preparing and reviewing personnel policies
-Negotiating employee contracts, severance, and other agreements

Attorneys engaged in this practice are:
-Ruth A. Shapiro
-Heidi G. Goebel
-Scot A. Boyd
-Eric K. Jenkins
-Kristen C. Kiburtz
-Joseph A. Gatton

Ruth A. Shapiro

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Ruth is one of the most active and successful trial attorneys in Utah. In her 20-plus years of practice, Ruth has averaged two trials per year, defending catastrophic injury, wrongful death, employment, product liability, and premises liability cases. In the past three years alone, Ruth has obtained defense jury verdicts in snow tubing, trucking, premises, skier-collision, and a $2.8 million catastrophic injury case. She is Co-chair of Christensen & Jensen's Personal Injury Defense and Employment practice groups.

Ruth joined Christensen & Jensen in 2001, and was elected a shareholder in 2008. Before joining the firm, Ruth practiced with law firms in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. She also served as in-house counsel for a major liability insurance carrier's third-party administrator. Prior to enrolling in law school, Ruth played professional tennis, traveling throughout North America to compete.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Catastrophic Personal Injury Defense: Defends corporations and individuals in claims involving significant personal injury. Recent representative matters include:

-Defense jury verdict in catastrophic injury case involving recreational accident
-Defense jury verdict in significant personal injury claim involving truck vs. bicycle accident
-Favorable jury verdict in catastrophic trucking-related accident
-Defense jury verdict in large damage claim involving premises liability

Recreational Entities and Venues: Represents Olympic venues, ski resorts, recreational facilities, tubing facilities/operators, snowmobile outfitters and guides, water parks, bicycle manufacturers, athletes, and events; risk management counseling. Representative matters include:

-Successfully defended an Olympic venue at a jury trial against claims involving its tubing facility.
-Successfully defended a skier at a jury trial against claims of negligence by another skier
-Obtained partial summary judgment for an Olympic venue against claims of negligence and breach of warranty involving public bobsled ride
-Defense of a golf course from claims that its lights constituted a public nuisance
-Defense of an international bicycle event against claims of negligence by catastrophically injured participants.

Employment / Commercial: Defends corporations in employment and related commercial disputes. Representative matters include:

-Defense of racial discrimination class action brought by the EEOC
-Defended numerous claims of gender, race, disability, age, bankruptcy discrimination at the administrative level and in court
-Defended numerous claims of wrongful termination (actual and constructive), failure to promote, failure to hire, wage violations, and retaliation
-Defended non-competition agreement disputes
-Consulted with businesses before and after employment actions

Risk Management / Crisis Management: Advises businesses in risk prevention, conducts internal and post-incident investigations, and assists with handling of sensitive claims. Representative areas of assistance include:

-Mitigation of risk through corporate policies and procedures
-High-profile and sensitive on-site investigations
-Preservation of evidence
-Dealing with insurance companies
-Conducting mock trials
-Legal updates
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate
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