Sarah Spencer | Salt Lake City Personal Injury Lawyer

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Sarah Elizabeth Spencer

Accident & Injury, Personal Injury, Car Accident, US Courts, Civil & Human Rights

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Sarah is an experienced trial attorney, litigator, and appellate advocate.   She practices law in Utah and Colorado and in the federal Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal.  Sarah graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004.  She started law school at the age of eighteen and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree shortly after she turned 21.   After serving two clerkships, Sarah joined Christensen & Jensen in 2007 and became a shareholder of the firm in 2014.
 
Sarah serves as lead trial counsel in all kinds of commercial and business tort cases.  Her experience is broad; she regularly handles lawsuits alleging breach of contract, common law and statutory fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, trademark/copyright infringement, and trade dress violations, among other claims and causes of action.   Sarah has successfully prosecuted and defended against emergency motions for injunctive relief and has first-chaired evidentiary proceedings in relation to such motions.   She has won numerous cases by summary judgment after years of hard-fought litigation.
 
Sarah also defends the interests of businesses that are sued for product defects, breaches of warranty, and negligence.  She is very familiar with all aspects of Utah product liability law, theories, and defenses.   She has defended cases involving a diverse array of products such as home and RV appliances, motor vehicles, trailers, watercraft, vehicle components, exercise equipment, medical devices, window blinds, pharmaceuticals, ammunition, farm implements, complex industrial machinery, pressurized bottles, fire suppression systems, toilets/sinks/plumbing materials, and chemical solvents, among others.  She also defends businesses and businesspeople sued for negligence in all forms including professional liability, premises liability, trucking, and motor vehicle accidents, and wrongful death claims.
 
Sarah is an experienced appellate lawyer.  She has been counsel of record in more than thirty appeals.  Her experience includes interlocutory appeals, appeals of injunctions, appeals of summary judgment orders, and post-trial appeals.  She handles all facets of appellate work.  She is experienced preparing merits briefs, petitions for interlocutory appeal, motions for 54(b) certification, petitions for certiorari, and amicus briefs.  In connection with her focus on appellate work, Sarah served as chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Utah State Bar in the 2017-2018 bar year.  She has been active in the Appellate Advocacy Committee of DRI (Defense Research Institute) since 2014.  Sarah is currently serving as the seminar planning chair for the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee.
 
Sarah has received numerous professional accolades.  She has received the highest possible AV–rating from Martindale–Hubbell since 2012.  Since 2010, Sarah has been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and an “Up and Coming” lawyer by Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite.”  From 2016 through 2018, Sarah’s peers selected her for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the practice area of commercial litigation.   In 2017, Utah Business Magazine named her one of Utah’s “Forty under 40” young professionals.  
Position Organization Location Duration
Shareholder AttorneyChristensen & Jensen, P.C.Salt Lake City, UTPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Sturm College of Law, University of DenverJ.D. Law School2004  
Metropolitan State University of DenverBachelorsPsychology | History | Political Science1999
State / Court Date
Colorado2004
Utah2006
  • American Bar Association
    Defense Research Institute
    -Appellate Advocacy Committee | 2008–Present
    --Seminar planning chair | 2018-2019
    --Co–chair of marketing and membership subcommittees | 2015–2018
    -Young Lawyers Committee | 2008 – 2015
    --Co–Chair of marketing Subcommittee | 2014–2015
    --Co–Vice-Chair of marketing subcommittee | 2013–2014
    --Co–Chair of membership Subcommittee | 2012–2013
    --Vice–Chair of membership Subcommittee | 2011–2012
    Utah State Bar
    -Appellate Practice Section | 2006–Present
    --Section Chair | 2017–2018
    -Section vice-chair | 2016-2018
    Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee | 2010–2015
    -Committee Co-Chair | 2012–2015
    -Chair, Public Relations Subcommittee | 2011–2012
    Young Lawyers Division | 2006–2013
    -Executive Council Member and Co-Chair | 2010–2013
    -Serving Our Seniors Committee | 2011–2013
    Wills for Heroes Committee | 2008–2011
    Co-Chair of 2009 Utah State Bar Summer Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho
    Utah Law Related Education
    -Panel Judge | High School Mock Trial Competition | 2008 | 2009 | 2011–2014
  • Super Lawyer | Super Lawyers | 2016
    AV Preeminent | Martindale-Hubbell | 2016
    Rising Star | Mountain States Super Lawyers | 2010 - 2013
    Up and Coming Lawyer | Utah Legal Elite | 2010 - 2011
  • Guest Speaker  "A Conversation With..." - a DRI podcast, May 8, 2020.
    Speaker: "Hot Topics in Product Liability" - strict liability against Amazon in the Third Circuit and the slippery slope implications, September 27, 2019.
    Author: "Is the Record Really Complete?" published by the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, Volume 3 Issue 1 June 6, 2018.
    Speaker and moderator, DRI Trial Tactics and Appellate Advocacy Seminar joint session, Mock Oral Argument Regarding a Sports Gaming Case, March 15, 2018, Las Vegas Nevada.
    Author, “How Appellate Courts Consider New Evidence on Appeal,” published in For the Defense, February 2017.
    Presenter, “Accuracy and Clarity Promote Readability,” A Short Legal Writing Course for Lawyers, Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 10, 2016
    Presenter, “Case Law Update: Recent Supreme Court and Tenth Circuit Cases Interpreting the Qualified Immunity Defense to Civil Rights Claims,” Utah Municipal Attorneys Association Spring Conference, St. George, Utah, May 6, 2015
    Presenter, “Unauthorized Practice of Law in Utah and Beyond,” Utah Paralegal Association Conference, Utah Law & Justice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20, 2014
    Panel Moderator, Civility and Professionalism in the Courtroom, Utah Young Lawyers Division Leadership Conference, Waldorf Astoria, Park City, Utah, November 8, 2013
    Author, "Young Lawyers – Be on the Lookout for the Unauthorized Practice of Law," The Whisper, DRI Young Lawyers Committee Newsletter, Vol. 9:10, October 2013
    Author, ALFA International Transportation Compendium, Utah Update, 2012
    Presenter, "What Local Government Lawyers Need to Know About Identifying and Defining Their Client: An Ethical and Practical Approach," Fall Conference, Utah Municipal Attorneys Association, September 2012
    Presenter, "Civil Court Boot Camp," National Business Institute, 2011
    Author, “United States Supreme Court to Determine Whether Public Law School's Nondiscrimination Policy Violates First Amendment: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez,” The Voice, Defense Research Institute E-Newsletter, Vol. 9:20, 2010
    Author, “The Importance of Pro Bono Legal Services: Why Young Lawyers Should Seek Out Rewarding Pro Bono Opportunities,” The Whisper, DRI Young Lawyers Committee Newsletter, Vol. 1:12, 2009
    Author, “The United States Supreme Court Takes a Closer Look at Qualified Immunity:  Pearson v. Callahan and its Implications for Constitutional Tort Defense,” The Whisper, DRI Young Lawyers Committee Newsletter, Vol. 1:4, 2009
    Author, “Vicarious Liability of Motor Carrier Employers for Punitive Damages Imposed as a Result of Employee Drivers' Conduct: The Restatement's Complicity Approach," ALFA International Transportation Update, Vol. 2008:4, 2008
    Co-author, Petition for Writ of Certiorari to United States Supreme Court, Pearson v. Callahan, 2007 WL 4300857, cert. granted March 24, 2008, 128 S.Ct. 1702
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(2004) Licensed as Attorney in Colorado. Verified with Colorado Bar Association.June 22, 2020
(2006) Licensed as Attorney in Utah. Verified with Utah State Bar.June 22, 2020

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257 East 200 South
Ste 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
40.765307,-111.883553

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