My story so far. - Carl L. Christensen
New Mexico - Texas - Michigan - the Army - Texas - Kansas City.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I left home at 18 to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. My four years at TCU helped me to grow in several aspects of my life: scholarship, friendship, and leadership. It was also there that I met the love of my life, Sarah. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and chose to pursue my natural talent as a litigator by attending law school at the University of Michigan.
I was a couple of weeks into my second year of law school when America was attacked on September 11, 2001. Although I had always respected our nation’s military and possessed a particular patriotic fervor, September 11 reminded me, as it did scores of other men and women, that I owed a debt of gratitude to our country. As I began to contemplate life as a future attorney, and as my classmates and peers ventured off to six-figure salaries at prestigious law firms, I decided on a different tack—I decided it was time for me to give something back.
I was commissioned into the U.S. Army on December 11, 2003 and ultimately spent a little over 6 years on active duty. As a prosecutor at Fort Bliss (in El Paso, Texas) and then as a defense counsel at Fort Sam Houston (in San Antonio, Texas), I refined and honed my trial skills and built a reputation as one of the Army’s top trial lawyers. Representing the dozens and dozens of Soldiers who entrusted me with their careers, their reputations, and their freedom remains the greatest honor of my career.
After leaving active duty and flying solo for a couple of years, my wife and I decided to move our family back to her hometown of Kansas City. In conjunction with this move, I chose to diversify my practice and my skills by leaving the criminal law arena and focusing exclusively on civil litigation. In the ensuing several years, I gained a wealth of experience in civil litigation, personal injury, and railroad law and had the privilege of representing numerous Class I railroads in a variety of different matters.
In 2016, I jumped at the opportunity to join Angela and work with her to build an innovative, collaborative law practice. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that await us in this endeavor, and to building on my previous successes, wherever that journey takes us.