Christina M. Jepson

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Christina M.Jepson
Diversity and Inclusion Program Chair
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Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6820

An employment law attorney with 25 years’ experience, Christina partners with clients to solve labor and employment issues. She assists clients with the full spectrum of employment issues, including daily management of employment issues as well as litigation. Christina served as the chair of the firm’s employment and labor department for more than 10 years and is the past chair of the Employment and Labor Section of the Utah State Bar. She is the director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D&I) for the firm and regularly speaks in client and community environments on that topic. With her experience as an employment lawyer, and as a Director in this area, Christina has the expertise to help clients build D&I plans, implement plans and address issues. 

Christina is recognized in: 

Chambers and Partners USA, tier one ranking, Labor & Employment

Utah Business Magazine, ranked as “Legal Elite” in Employment and Labor Law

Intermountain States Super Lawyers, ranked as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America, ranked as Best Lawyer in Employment Law

Christina is a member of the American Bar Foundation Fellows. She is also a member of the national and local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has spoken at multiple SHRM events.

She regularly represents employers in lawsuits and counsels employers in a variety of areas including:

  • COVID-19 issues including leave, safety, back to work plans and positive tests
  • Diversity and inclusion plans
  • Sex discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Age discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • ADA, disability and employee medical issues
  • Wrongful termination
  • Employment contracts and compensation
  • Non-compete, confidentiality, and non-solicitation agreements
  • Handbooks
  • Social media in the workplace
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overtime, exemptions, and wage issues
  • Independent contractor issues
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • FMLA and other leave issues
  • Terminations and unemployment
  • Union issues
  • Investigations
  • UALD and EEOC charges and audits
  • Training for management and employees
  • Benefits and ERISA 

Christina is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She has taught a litigation skills class for more than 10 years in the Juris Doctor program. She also teaches Labor and Employment Law in the Master of Legal Studies program. She is currently the president of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Christina served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable David K. Winder, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah, and the Honorable Stephen H. Anderson at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated first in her class from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of law, where she also served on the Utah Law Review and competed for the National Moot Court Team.

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Accomplishments

Academic

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 1995)

Graduated 1st in the class
Order of the Coif
Named Outstanding Woman Law Graduate
William H. Leary Scholar
Winner of Law School Moot Court Competition
Member of National Moot Court Team
Best Brief and Best Oralist at Regional Moot Court Competition
Member of Utah Law Review

University of Utah (B.S., 1992)

Magna Cum Laude
Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies


Professional

Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law Management, 2021 - 2014

Intermountain States Super Lawyers, “Top 50 Women Lawyers,” 2020 - 2019

Intermountain States Super Lawyers, Employment Defense, 2020 - 2019

Intermountain States Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor, 2019 - 2013

Utah Contributor to Fifty State Compendium, 2020 - 2019

Chambers and Partners USA, “Notable Practitioner,” Labor & Employment 2020 - 2019

Chambers and Partners USA, Labor & Employment, 2018 - 2017

Utah Business Magazine, “Legal Elite,” Employment and Labor Law, 2020 - 2012   

Parsons Behle & Latimer 

2020  Chairperson, Diversity and Inclusion Department

2011-2020  Chairperson, Employment & Labor Department

Member of Opinion Letter Committee

Served on Lateral Hire Committee, Web Design Committee and Wellness Committee

Served on Recruiting Committee for 10 years


Associations

Professional

Utah State Bar Leadership and Boards

2014 - 15  Chair, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section

2013 - 14  Vice-Chair, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section

2012 - 13  Treasurer, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section

2011 - 12  Secretary, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section

2001 to 2010  Member, Character and Fitness Committee, Utah State Bar

Member of 2015 Utah State Bar Association Summer Convention Committee

Member of 2013, 2014 and 2015 Utah State Bar Association Spring Convention Committees

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

2000 - 2010  Pro Bono Attorney for Domestic Violence Victims

2003 - 2005  Pre-Litigation Chair, Department of Professional Licensing

1997 - 2007  Judge Pro Tempore, Third District Court Small Claims Court


Community

2019 – 2020  President, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Board of Trustees

2008 – present  Member, Board of Trustees, University of Utah College of Law
           President-Elect 2017-2019
           Chair, Alumni Relations Committee, 2015 - 2017

2007- present  Pre-Trial Adjunct Professor of Law University of Utah Law School

2005 - 2008  University of Utah Alumni Association Board of Directors Member

            2006 - 2008  Chair and Member, Community Service Committee

            2007 - 2008  Member, Development Committee

            2006 - 2007  Member, Scholarships and Awards Committee

            2005 - 2006  Member, Legislative Affairs Committee

            2005 - 2005  Member, Athletics Advisory Council

            University of Utah Law School Search Committee for Career Development Director

            University of Utah Law School Search Committee for Dean of Academic Affairs

2014 - 2018  Member of Board of Trustees, Visit Salt Lake

2012 - 2015  Member, Board of Directors, Ballet West


Political

2016 - present  Member Utah Trafficking in Persons Taskforce (UTIP) Legal Subcommittee


Licensed/Admitted

Utah
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Education

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