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 27 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;
  • Banking Litigation;
  • Insurance coverage litigation;
  • Commercial Equipment Lease Litigation;
  • Regulatory and administrative defense matters; and
  • Non-compete litigation.

Mr. Christiansen is the Past Chair of the Utah State Securities Commission, which has oversight authority over the Utah Division of Securities.  Mr. Christiansen served on the Securities Commission from June 2009 to October 2017.  Mr. Christiansen has received extensive professional recognition, including, among others:

  • Member, American Bar Association House of Delegates, Utah State Bar Representative (November 2017-present);
  • 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 (2015-2017);
  • Contributing Editor, American Bar Association's Litigation News (October 2017-present).

Mr. Christiansen has obtained terminating sanctions for discovery abuse in three cases:

  • Granite Seed Company v. William Agnew, Case No. 150905897, Third Judicial District Court, State of Utah (September 26, 2017)(representing plaintiff).
  • Palatine Capital Investment Group v. Alpine Securities Corporation, FINRA Case No. 10-05507 (January 6, 2012)(representing respondent).
  • Markyl Lee v. Max International, LLC, 638 F.3d 1318 (10th Cir. 2011)(representing defendant)(Circuit Judge Gorsuch).

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 large cases on a contingency fee basis. Mr. Christiansen has served as an expert witness in multiple securities litigation matters.


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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 - 2017)

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



Delegate, ABA House of Delegates, Utah State Bar Representative
(November 2017 - Present)

Utah State Securities Commission
Chair and Commissioner (June 2009 - October 2017)
(Appointed by Governor John M. Huntsman, Jr. in June 2009, and re-appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert in June 2013).

Utah State Bar, Litigation Section
Executive Committee
(2015 - Present)
(2017 - Present)

Utah State Bar Delegate (alternate), American Bar Association House of Delegates
August 14-15, 2017

Utah State Bar, Securities Section
(2005 - 2006)

Securities Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation
Web Editor
(2012 - 2016)

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)


Finance Committee, Ben McAdams for Congress
(2017 - Present)

Finance Committee, Better Boundaries
(2017 - Present)

Utah Film Center
Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
(2017 - current)

Board of Trustees
(2015 - 2017)

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)


U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


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