Erik A. Christiansen

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Erik A.Christiansen
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6719

Erik Christiansen is a commercial litigation trial attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer with 31 years of experience. Mr. Christiansen represents clients in a variety of commercial, financial and securities litigation matters, including, among others:

  • Commercial litigation;
  • Securities and financial fraud litigation;
  • Trade secrets litigation;
  • Commercial contract disputes;
  • Direct selling/multi-level marketing related litigation;
  • Investment related litigation;
  • Partnership disputes;
  • 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, and is the Co-Chair of the firm's Securities Litigation practice group.  Mr. Christiansen served on the Securities Commission from June 2009 to October 2017. 

Mr. Christiansen has received extensive professional recognition, including for, among others:

  • Chambers Rated, Litigation, General Commercial, 2020-present;
  • Lawyer of the Year, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2020;
  • Alumnus of the Year, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, 2019;
  • Practitioner of the Year, Utah State Bar, Business Law Section, 2018; 
  • Lawyer of the Year in Litigation-Securities, Best Lawyers of America, 2013;
  • Member, American Bar Association House of Delegates, Utah State Bar Representative (November 2017-present);
  • Member, ABA Standing Committee on Membership, August 2021-present;
  • Regional Cochair - Utah, ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, August 2021-present;
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation (2015-present);
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Business Organizations Law 7050-001, S.J. Quinney College of Law (2015-current) and Procuring and Managing Legal Services Law 6350-001 (2019-2021);
  • Team Editor, American Bar Association's Litigation News (May 2021-present);
  • Associate Editor, American Bar Association's Litigation News (October 2019-May 2021);
  • Contributing Editor, American Bar Association's Litigation News (October 2017-2019);
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers of America since 2010;
  • Recognized in Mountain States Super Lawyers since 2009;
  • Maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating.

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, now known as Milbank (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. 



Practice Areas



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)


Maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating

Ranked in Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial

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 Legal Elite, Civil Litigation



Member, ABA Standing Committee on Membership
(August 2021-present)

Regional Cochair - Utah, ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
(August 2021-present)

State Membership Chair, ABA State Membership Committee

Member, ABA Litigation Section Membership and Marketing Committee

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

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 - 2018)

Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter
(2008 - 2009)

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

Utah State Bar, Securities Section 
(2005 - 2006)

University of Utah Young Alumni Board
(2000 - 2002)

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


Member, Salt Lake County Arts & Culture Advisory Board
(August 2018 - current)

Visit Salt Lake
Executive Committee (2009-current), Chair (2013 - 2014), Legal Advisor (2019 - present)

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

KRCL 90.9 FM
Community Advisory Board
(2015 - current)

Board of Trustees
(2015 - 2017)

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)

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



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