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John's focus is somewhat different to the philosophy of many other attorneys in that he believes that the client's interests come first. John has long considered the client's needs to be at the center of his practice. 


He currently represents a high number of clients in disability, injury and financial insolvency proceedings in front of Utah State Courts, Federal Courts, and Utah Administrative Courts. 


He is also an adjunct professor of paralegal studies at Eagle Gate College and has been a special guest lecturer at Utah Valley University. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 40%
  2. Social Security: 25%
  3. Workers Compensation: 15%
  4. Chapter 13: 15%
  5. Immigration: 5%



Hourly ($150-350/hour), contingent (30-40%), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Shawn D. Meade

    Jhon is a well known immigration attorney who works diligently and vigorously on each one of his case. Jhon is honest, smart, hardworking. I strongly recommend him.


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  • Kenneth A Prigmore

    I endorse this lawyer. John is a respected attorney that will give his all to see your legal needs are met in full.


    Kenneth Prigmore Social security Attorney
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Contact info

McKell Christiansen

642 Kirby Lane, STE 105
Spanish Fork, UT, 84660-5753


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Business of the MonthSpanish Fork / Salem Area Chamber of Commerce2014
Best Attorneys in UtahBest Lawyers2013
Paul Harris SocietyRotary International2012
S.J. Quinney Outstanding Academic Achievement AwardUniversity of Utah2010
meritorious work awardU.S. Dept. of Justice2009
Health Law Moot Court FinalistT.U. College of Law2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselThomson Group2014 - Present
FacultyUtah Valley University2013 - Present
General CounselTorq Motorsports2012 - Present
Adjunct Professoreagle gate college2011 - Present
Attorney - PartnerMcKell Christiansen & Wise2010 - Present
AssociateBDM&A2010 - 2010
Law ClerkUtah Attorney General's Office2009 - 2010
Law ClerkU.S. Dept Of Justice2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
A. Sherman Christensen American Inn of CourtN/A2011 - Present
Utah County Hispanic Chamber of Commercemember2011 - Present
Utah Association for Justicemember2010 - Present
Central Utah Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Spanish Fork Rotary ClubBoard Member2010 - Present
Utah State Barmember2010 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternitymember2008 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law Societymember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Scott v. Universal Industrial Sales, et al.overruled 30 years of prior precedent
Stubbs v. StedtClient paid zero, case dismissed.
Provo Postal CU v. Stewardfavorable
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Publication nameTitleDate
Utah Trial JournalLitigating on a Shoe String2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tulsa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Brigham Young UniversityCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SUCWIBTop 5 small business legal mistakes2015
Law SocietyCriminal Law and Ethics2015
IMA quarterly forumbankruptcy and tax law update2015
Kiwanis Club Annual MeetingSocial Security Law2013
Guest Lecturer at Utah Valley UniversityGuest Lecturer2013
Spanish Fork RotaryInternational Service2012
Guest Lecturer at Utah Valley UniversityPublic Speaking2012
BNI MeetingSocial Security Law2012
Guest Lecturer at Provo CollegeHumanities2011