Utah Loses a Greatly Respected Lawyer
It is with great sadness that the lawyers and staff of Snow, Christensen & Martineau announce the loss of a great man, colleague, and friend, Harold G. Christensen. Hal passed away peacefully last evening after a short illness.
Hal’s career as a lawyer defined him. To the legal community, he leaves a legacy of service and professionalism. His proudest achievements did not lie in the cases he handled for clients, but in the service and example he provided to the profession. He served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, President of the Utah State Bar Association, President of the Salt Lake County Bar Association, Utah State Chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Life Fe
llow of the American Bar Foundation, Charter President of American Inn of Court, National Trustee of the American Inns of Court Foundation, and Trustee of the University of Utah School Alumni Association, as well as numerous other achievements.
But to those of us who knew and worked with Hal on a daily basis, these
achievements did not define him. Instead, we knew a humble man—a philosopher who understood life and saw his role in it clearly; a man to whom recognition came without his ever having sought it out. To us, Hal leaves a legacy of teaching, of example, of mentoring, of service, and of kindness. He touched each one of us individually and differently. We feel blessed to have been associated with him, and now must face the weighty task of carrying forward his legacy.