Christina M. Jepson

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Christina M.Jepson
Shareholder, Employment Law
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6820

For the past 25 years, Christina has partnered with clients to solve their 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 Labor and Employment Department for more than 10 years and is the past chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Utah State Bar. She is the director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) for the firm and regularly speaks in client and community forums on that topic. With her experience as an employment lawyer and as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Christina has the expertise to help clients build D&I plans, implement plans and address issues. 

Christina is recognized in: 

  • Utah Business Magazine, ranked as a “Legal Elite” in Employment and Labor Law, 2012 - 2020
  • Intermountain States Super Lawyers, ranked as one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers,” 2019 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, ranked as a “Best Lawyer” in Employment Law, 2013 - 2021
  • Chambers and Partners USA, “Notable Practitioner” ranking, Labor & Employment Law, 2019 – 2020  

Christina 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.

Christina is a member of the American Bar Foundation Fellows.  

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Practice Areas

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, 2014 - 2021

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

Intermountain States Super Lawyers, Employment Defense, 2019 - 2020

Intermountain States Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor, 2013 - 2018

Defense Research Institute, Utah Contributor to Fifty State Compendium, 2019 - 2020

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

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

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

Parsons Behle & Latimer 

Chairperson, Diversity and Inclusion Department, 2020

Chair, Labor & Employment Department, 2011 - 2020

Served on:

  • Lateral Hire Committee
  • Web Design Committee
  • Wellness Committee
  • Opinion Letter Committee
  • Recruiting Committee

Associations

Professional

Utah State Bar Leadership and Boards

Chair, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 2014 - 2015

Vice-Chair, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 2013 - 2014

Treasurer, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 2012  -2013

Secretary, Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 2011 - 2012

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

Member, Utah State Bar Association Summer Convention Committee 2015

Member, Utah State Bar Association Spring Convention Committees 2013 - 2015

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Pro Bono Attorney for Domestic Violence Victims, 2000 - 2010

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

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


Community

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

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

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

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

            Chair and Member, Community Service Committee, 2006 - 2008

            Member, Development Committee, 2007 - 2008

            Member, Scholarships and Awards Committee, 2006 - 2007

            Member, Legislative Affairs Committee, 2005 - 2006

            Member, Athletics Advisory Council, 2005

            University of Utah Law School Search Committee for Career Development Director

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

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

Member, Board of Directors, Ballet West, 2012 - 2015

Pro Bono Clients
Utah Film Center
Girls on the Run
Megan Blues Studios
Salt Lake City Arts Council


Political

Member Utah Trafficking in Persons Taskforce Legal Subcommittee, 2016 - present

Democratic Party Sexual Harassment Committee, 2018 - 2019


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