Erik A. Christiansen is a bet-the-company litigator with more than 30-years of experience in high-stakes litigation. Mr. Christiansen’s extensive experience encompasses a wide range of complex, high-dollar commercial litigation matters, including securities, multi-level marketing, financial fraud, trade secrets and regulatory defense litigation matters.



Erik Christiansen is a commercial litigation trial attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer with 32 years of experience. Mr. Christiansen represents clients in a variety of commercial, financial and securities litigation matters, including, among others:

  • Commercial and business 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
  • 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:

  • President-Elect, Utah State Bar, July 7, 2022-present
  • 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, Utah Supreme Court Professionalism and Civility Counseling Board, September 2022-August 2026
  • Member, Select Committee, ABA House of Delegates, August 2022-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, 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.


Arbitration and Counterclaims

Defended lawsuit filed in district court by filing a motion to compel arbitration as well as filing counterclaims that resulted in the client being awarded over $1 million in damages in the interim.

Amended Complaint

Representing client in filing an amended complaint seeking more than $300 million in damages.

Wrongful Denial of Ownership

Representing automotive client in seeking damages for the wrongful denial of its clients' ownership.



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 Utah Business Magazine’s 2023 Legal Elite

Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America," Securities Litigation and Commercial Litigation, since 2010; Salt Lake City Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Securities, 2022

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 - 2022)



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