Karra J. Porter

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Biography

Karra Porter is the recent past-President of Christensen & Jensen, having served in management of the firm for the past 20 years. She is co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Crisis Management practice groups, and is one of the most experienced and successful appellate attorneys in the state. Karra has been consistently named by Super Lawyers / Thomsen-Reuters as one of the top lawyers in the intermountain West (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming), and has been repeatedly recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah's "Legal Elite" by in business and civil litigation.

AREAS OF PRACTICE


Commercial and Business Litigation: Represents corporations and individuals in antitrust and other complex federal matters, contract disputes, trade secret and unfair competition claims, trademark and intellectual property litigation, statutory claims, franchise disputes, and other commercial disputes.

Appeals: Karra is one of the most experienced appellate lawyers in Utah, having been lead or co-lead counsel in well over 140 appeals at the Utah Supreme Court, Utah Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court, and in Arizona, Idaho, Ohio, New York, and Wyoming appellate courts. She was a member of the Utah Supreme Court’s Appellate Rules Committee for more than ten years. In the past two years alone, she has argued before the Utah Supreme Court and Court of Appeals 16 times, and has been asked by the Supreme Court several times to argue at a university or law school as a teaching experience for the students.

EDUCATION


University of Texas at Austin, J.D., 1987; Kansas State University, B.A. journalism, summa cum laude, 1985


RECENT LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS


Speaker, “Proportionality: Avoid Pleading Yourself Out of Discovery” and “Questions About the New Rules,” Combating Hardball Tactics X, Utah Association for Justice, 2012; Speaker, “Best Practices in the Use of System Advertising and Marketing Funds,” Utah State Bar Franchise Law Section, 2011; Speaker, “Preserving Bad Faith Claims,” Personal Injury Law: Beyond the Basics, Utah State Bar and Utah Association for Justice, 2011; Speaker, “Lessons Learned Post-Decision: Insights from Appellate Counsel,” Utah State Bar Young Lawyers and Paralegal Divisions, 2011; Speaker, “Effective Appellate Advocacy,” University of Utah School of Law, 2009; Speaker, “Hardball Litigation Tactics VII," Utah Association for Justice, 2008; Speaker, “Killer Cases and the Lawyers Who Brought them,” Utah Association for Justice, 2008.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & ADMISSIONS


Admitted to practice in all Utah state and federal courts, United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Legal Malpractice Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
801-790-0586  Phone
801-323-5000  Phone
801-386-6621  Cell Phone
chrisjen.com/attorneys
University Attended:
Kansas State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1985
Law School Attended:
University of Texas at Austin, J.D., 1987
Year of First Admission:
1988
Admission:
1988, Utah; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1996, U.S. Supreme Court; 1988, Texas; 1988, U.S. District Court, District of Utah
Memberships:
Utah State Bar, American Bar Association
Birth Information:
Columbus, Kansas
Reported Cases:
Riggs v. Asbestos Corp., 2013 UT App 86 (confirming applicability of comparative fault to long-latency disease cases)

Blakely v. USAA Insurance, ___ Fed.Appx. ____ (10th Cir. 2012) (issue of fact as to whether insurance company adequately investigated claim)

Arnold v. Grisby, 2012 UT 61 (Utah 2012) (statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases)

Westgate v. Consumer Protection Group, 2012 UT 56 (Utah 2012) (disclosure requirements for arbitrators)

Miller v. UDOT, 2012 UT 54 (Utah 2012) (failure to give "adverse inference" jury instruction in personal injury trial)

Jones v. State Farm, Utah Supreme Court, http://www.utcourts.gov/opinions/supopin/Jones1252082812.pdf (limitations on summary judgment on "fairly debatable" defense in insurance bad faith cases)

Wilson v. IHC, Utah Supreme Court, http://www.utcourts.gov/opinions/supopin/Wilson1243072012.pdf (new trial for defendant's repeated violations of collateral source rule)

Stone Flood v. Safeco Insurance, 2011 UT 83 (representing business in post-fire claim for business interruption losses)

Boyle v. Christensen, 2011 UT 20, 251 P.3d 810 (representing pedestrian struck by pickup truck; ended the defense tactic of mentioning “the McDonald's coffee case” to juries)

Blakely v. USAA Casualty Ins. Co., 633 F.3d 944 (10th Cir. 2011) (obtained reversal of summary judgment against insureds in case involving post-fire claims against insurance company)

Herrod v. Metal Powder Products, 413 Fed.Appx. 7 (10th Cir. 2010) (obtained reversal of summary judgment in product liability case)

Waters v. Powell, 2010 UT App 105, 232 P. 3d 1086 (Utah dog bite statute)

Boyle v. Christensen, 2011 UT 20, 251 P.3d 810 (representing pedestrian struck by pickup truck; ended the defense tactic of mentioning “the McDonald's coffee case” to juries)

Blakely v. USAA Casualty Ins. Co., 633 F.3d 944 (10th Cir. 2011) (representing insured in post-fire claims against insurance company)

Herrod v. Metal Powder Products, 413 Fed.Appx. 7 (10th Cir. 2010) (representing family of deceased driver in product liability claim)

Waters v. Powell, 2010 UT App 105, 232 P. 3d 1086 (Utah dog bite statute)

Robinson v. Mt. Logan Clinic, 2008 UT 21, 182 P.3d 333 (representing law enforcement officer shot while transporting patient of clinic)

Sorensen v. Barbuto, 2008 UT 8, 177 P.3d 614 (representing patient in claim against physician who breached fiduciary duty of confidentiality)

Ellis v. Estate of Ellis, 2007 UT 77, 169 P.3d 441 (representing spouse of deceased driver in case that eliminated the “interspousal immunity” doctrine in Utah)

ISLN:
904356425
Hobbies & interests:
History, genealogy, basketball
Payment Information:
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  • Fixed Fees Available

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