Academy Member Inducted 2019

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Nathan D. Alder, Mediator, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Nathan D. Alder

Christensen & Jensen
257 East 200 South
Suite 1100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Tel: (801) 323-5000
Fax: 801-355-3472
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Recognized to Utah Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design
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  • Practice Commenced2009
  • # of MEDS (as of 16/6/24)300
  • # of ARBS (as of 16/6/24)3
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Nate Alder is an in-demand mediator who takes on challenging cases for attorneys and their clients. He has handled some of Utah's most high-profile disputes, as well as cases that can be settled in a few hours. Nate's range of cases is broad; his law practice has spanned many areas and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants throughout his career.

A leader in Utah’s mediation community, Nate teaches lawyers, mediators, judges and clients about dispute resolution. He co-founded the Dispute Resolution Section of the Utah State Bar, and later served as its Chair. He served on the board of the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, Inc. for many years, including a time as chair and symposium co-chair. In 2008, Nate was invited to join the neutral panel at Utah ADR Services, and attended Pepperdine University's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution to obtain his initial mediator certificate. He was appointed to the Utah State Court Roster of Mediators, eventually being recognized as a Master Mediator by the court program. 


Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wrongful Death


  • Pepperdine University School of Law - Malibu, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (August 2008, mediator training certificate)
  • Indiana University - Bloomington, Maurer School of Law (May 1995, JD); School of Public and Environmental Affairs (May 1995, MPA)
  • Utah State University - Logan, College of Humanities & Social Sciences (June 1991, B.A., history; minors - economics, philosophy, Japanese)


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Co-founded the Dispute Resolution Section of the Utah State Bar, later served as its chair
  • Served on the board of the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, Inc., including as chair and symposium co-chair
  • Served as chair of Christensen & Jensen's ADR Practice Group
  • Awarded the 2012 Peter W. Billings Sr. Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution (Utah State Bar)
  • Awarded the 2011 Raymond S. Uno Award for the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession (Utah State Bar)  
  • Served on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism
  • Served on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on New Lawyer Training (Mentoring)
  • Served on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Licensed Paralegal Practitioners (LPP)
  • Twice elected to the Utah State Bar’s Board of Bar Commissioners (representing the Third Division)
  • Elected president of the Utah State Bar (2008-2009)
  • Served as president of the Western States Bar Conference (WSBC)
  • Served as president of the ABA's National Caucus of State Bar Associations (ABA-NCSBA)
  • Serve as president-elect of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP)
  • Serve as a delegate to the ABA's House of Delegates (policy making body for the legal profession)
  • Served as chair of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium (NLMC)
  • Serve as founding member of the ABA Center for Innovation, Governing Council (2016-2019)
  • Served on the ABA's Standing Committee on Professionalism
  • Received the Irene Fisher Engaged Citizen Award (Utah Campus Compact - Utah’s college and university presidents)
  • Served as president of Utah’s Young Lawyers Division (2001-2002)
  • Served as president of National Conference of Bar Presidents 
  • Served as delegate to the American Bar Association House
  • Served as a founding member of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation
  • Served as liaison to the the American Bar Association Coronavirus Response Task Force

Rates Information

$425 per hour

Out-of-state mediations, $5,000 (day rate) plus expenses

Academy Members Only