Erik A. Christiansen

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Erik A.Christiansen
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6719

Erik Christiansen is a commercial litigator, shareholder and trial attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer. Mr. Christiansen is the Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation practice group. Mr. Christiansen is a trial lawyer in practice for 26 years, and represents clients in a variety of commercial and financial litigation matters, including, among others:

  • Securities and financial fraud litigation;
  • Trade secrets litigation;
  • Commercial contract disputes;
  • Direct selling/multi-level marketing related litigation;
  • Capital markets related litigation;
  • Financial Institution Litigation;
  • Insurance coverage litigation;
  • Regulatory and administrative defense matters; and
  • Non-compete litigation.

Mr. Christiansen is the Chair of the Utah State Securities Commission, which has oversight authority over the Utah Division of Securities. Mr. Christiansen has received extensive professional recognition, including, among others:

  • Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation (2015-present);
  • Lawyer of the Year in Litigation-Securities, Best Lawyers of America, 2013;
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers of America since 2010;
  • Recognized in Mountain States Super Lawyers since 2009;
  • Maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating;
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Business Organizations, S.J. Quinney College of Law (2015-Present).

Prior to joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Mr. Christiansen practiced for six years in Los Angeles, California as an associate attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (1990-93) and as an associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan (1993-95).  Mr. Christiansen maintains an active practice in California.  He is willing to do certain types of cases on a contingency fee basis.


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University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 1990)

Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
William H. Leary Scholar

Author, “Sterling v. Velsicol Chemical Corporation: Emotional Distress Damages for the Duration of Toxic Exposure,” Utah Law Review 759 (1989)

Author, “Miranda-Like Warnings Required in Non-Custodial Settings,” Utah Law Review 260, No. 1 (1989)

University of Utah (B.A. in Political Science, 1987)

University of Utah (B.A. in English, 1986)


Adjunct Professor of Law, Business Organizations, S.J. Quinney College of Law (2015 - Present)

Maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating

Fellow, American Bar Foundation (July 2015 - Present)

Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America," Securities Litigation and Commercial Litigation, since 2010

Recognized in "Mountain States Super Lawyers," Securities Litigation, since 2009



Utah State Securities Commission
Chair and Commissioner (Current)
(Appointed by Governor John M. Huntsman, Jr. in 2009, and re-appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert in June 2013).

Utah State Bar, Litigation Section
Executive Committee
(2015 - Present)

Utah State Bar, Securities Section
(2005 - 2006)

Securities Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation
Web Editor
(2012 - Present)

Coverage Magazine, Official Journal of ABA's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
(2007 - 2015)

Publications Editorial Board, ABA's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
(2015 - Present)

Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter
(2008 - 2009)

University of Utah Board of Advisors for Undergraduate Education
(2009 - 2011)

University of Utah Young Alumni Board
(2000 - 2002)

University of Utah College of Law
Member, Board of Trustees
(1996 - 1999)


Board of Trustees
(2015 - Present)

Visit Salt Lake
Executive Committee (Current), President (2013 - 2014)

Salt Lake Art Center (now known as UMOCA)
President, Board of Trustees
(2006 - 2009)

KRCL 90.9 FM
Community Advisory Board
(2015 - Present)

KRCL 90.9 FM, Community Radio
Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
(2006 - 2011)

International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, New Jersey
Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
(2006 - 2011)




University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law