Christopher W. Eckels – Associate

ceckels@dewhirstdolven.com

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2019, with honors.  Honors: CALI Award, Legal Methods (writing); Outstanding Achievement Award, Lawyering Skills; Outstanding Achievement Award, Drafting: Contracts.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Northwestern University, 2009, with departmental honors.  Majors: Theatre & History
Honors: 5-time Dean’s List recipient; Honors Thesis (Department of Theatre).

BAR ADMISSIONS
State of Utah, 2019; U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2019.

DISTINCTIONS
As second-year law student, presented independent research entitled “Us & Them: Symbols and Violent Identity Conflict” at 19th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2018) held in Örebro, Sweden; published chapter entitled The Antisocial Fabric: German and American Approaches to Flags as Hate Speech in Public Demonstration, in Law & Visual Jurisprudence (Vol. I): Flags, Color and the Legal Narrative (Anne Wagner & Sarah Marusek, eds., Springer forthcoming Feb. 8, 2021); Northwestern University Spirit Club of Salt Lake City, Chair (2014–2019); Northwestern University Club of Utah, Founder and President (2019–Present); Utah Association of Professional Landmen, Secretary (2014–2015), Vice President (2015–2016); Refugee Justice League, free refugee legal clinic volunteer (2020–Present); Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, Community Outreach Committee Member, Team Mentor (2020–Present).

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Utah State Bar

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Eckels’ practice currently emphasizes civil litigation defense and cases involving personal injury and insurance law. Mr. Eckels has also worked as a victims’ rights attorney representing victims of violent crimes and/or sex abuse as plaintiffs in civil litigation. He has years of experience in mineral title examination related to the oil and gas industry.