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Steve S Christensen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

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About Steve

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Solving the important problems of my clients requires all 28 years of my experience, careful research and creative analysis. Understanding a client's goals helps me prioritize my work. Then I give clients an accurate assessment of their case. Third, I want to get all of the information I need to help them achieve their goals. To help me accomplish these three goals, I need clients to keep good records and to bring the records they have for my review. I enjoy meeting with clients to discuss potential solutions to their problems. I want clients to feel welcome and well served at our firm's office. I take time to give them a list of options to solve their problems and to help them understand what a court will do in a case like theirs. When clients cannot solve their problems without court intervention, I want to find the most effective way to get the relief the client needs. I strive to have a close working relationship with the client not only to make my representation more efficient and effective, but also to help me understand how the client wants to handle the important situations and decisions in the litigation process. Litigation needs to be focused on the specific relief the client wants.

 

Outside of the office I have had a long tenure working on a local and district level with the Boy Scouts of America and three of our sons and I have our Woodbadge beads. I have also volunteered in the Salt Lake public schools on various committees. I enjoy playing tennis with my wife and practicing musical instruments with my children. Going to and from the office I often listen to recorded literary works or college lectures.

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Licensed for 32 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 01/07/2023
State CA
Status Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled)
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/01/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details

Contact Steve

CHRISTENSEN LAW, Counselors and Practitioners
340 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Reviews

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Posted by Sheldon | December 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect
Steve was great an very understanding an is very smart for custody battles he's very great to work with thanks steve
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RO/Separation
Talking about caring for your clients, Steve and his staff have been so considerate about my needs and really care about you. Really honest especially with finances that was so surprising(shocking) to me!
Posted by Allison | March 11, 2015
Honest and Unbelievably Knowledgeable
We hired Steve to handle a custody case for our family 2 years ago. Steve REALLY knows his stuff. There were times when we were unsure of our rights and Steve made sure to inform us of everything we needed to know so that we would rest easy and feel secure. Steve is so kind and honest and we would hire him again in a second. I've never felt more protected than I did when he was handling our very intense and difficult case. He really is the best.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2015
Divorce with small children
Steve handled my divorce . He did a great job listening and fighting for what was important to me. Getting divorced was never what I wanted, but when it became inevitable Steve walked me though the confusing process step by step.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2013
Recomend for Divorce
Paying for quality is rarely easy, never regretted. Worth every penny! Being a high quality divorce lawyer & family law attorney takes skill, effort, honesty, & value. Steve practices those & nothing else. He fought for my rights as a parent and for what was fair.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 3.6 (Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Discipline with Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2019
updated on 07/22/2019

This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Probation issued in UT, 2017
updated on 01/26/2018

Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Christensen Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • Christensen, Corbett & Pankratz
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • Christensen Thornton, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Managing Partner
  • Hirischi Christensen, PLLC
  • 2002 - 2009
  • Owner
  • Steve S. Christensen, P.C.
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Early, Maslach & Price
  • 1991 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Booth, Mitchel & Strange, LLP
  • 1988 - 1990
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Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Hogan v. Winder, No. 12-4167, United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
  • Affirmed against client
  • Hogan v, UTOPIA, No. 13-4069 & 13-4073, United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
  • Reversed in part and remanded for client.
  • Smith v. Simas, 2014 UT App 78
  • Affirmed against client.
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Associations

  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Awards

  • Utah's Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Divorce Law
  • Tracing Assets in Divorce
  • 2016
  • Complex Assets in Divorce
  • Dividing Real Property
  • 2016
  • Complex Assets in Divorce
  • Dividing Trust Assets in Divorce
  • 2016
  • Bankruptcy in Divorce
  • Ethics When Divorce is Complicated by Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Family Law from A to Z
  • Drafting Enforceable Settlement Agreements
  • 2014
  • Annual Spring Convention
  • Drafting Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (33)
Endorse Steve
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve has an easy going style which works well in resolving one's case with opposing counsel. He is diligent and knowledgeable in the family law area. Steve has a good courtroom style, and I recommend him without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of litigating against him in an evidentiary hearing. He was well spoken, well prepared and his arguments were sound. Any clients considering him would be well served in their litigation needs."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Steve on many jury and bench trials. His experience and knowledge is invaluable to clients. He is creative in solving problems and addressing issues. He is detailed in preparation and the courtroom. I recommend him without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer is conscientious and dedicated in his representation. I endorse him for his work helping people who have been injured. He strives to get the best results possible for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve has been opposing counsel against me on a number of cases over the years. He has always represented his client's interests well, both in court and in settlement efforts."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve was on the other side of a long running, complicated divorce case. I thought he did well with a difficult matter."
Appeals Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve is very thorough, tenacious and follows through on commitments."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Steve is a good man and attorney. I've worked with him for almost four years and have seen how hard he works for his clients. He does everything he can to get the best result possible for them. Even when there are setbacks, he has a long-term perspective and the ability to get things back on track. I give him my endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Our firm has handled a number of cases with Steve on the other side. He is always a pleasure to work with and is an effective advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for family law and domestic cases."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve has extensive experience in divorce, custody, and other family law cases. He knows how to get positive results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked as a guardian ad litem on a case with Steve for quite some time. He was always very thorough and prepared for every hearing and for trial. His client seemed well pleased with Steve's representation and skill in the courtroom. You would do well to hire Steve for your family law case."
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