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.
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.