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Chris’ practice focuses on civil litigation, including labor & employment law and general business litigation. In practice since 1994, Chris has litigated a multitude of cases and has successfully tried cases in state and federal court before judges and juries. He represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies, including the California Labor Commissioner, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He counsels employers regarding legal issues in the workplace, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour law, disability accommodation, investigations, and the drafting of personnel policies and employment contracts. Chris also handles plaintiff cases representing employees in harassment, discrimination, and unpaid wage claims. His general business litigation practice covers a wide range of topics allowing for representation of individuals and businesses facing varied legal challenges. Chris represents large and small businesses in many of the local industries including the hospitality, health care, non-profit, and construction industries. Chris also serves as a mediator and has successfully resolved numerous cases.

Principal Areas of Practice

Civil litigation including labor and employment law and general business litigation. Chris also serves as a mediator.


  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1985
  • University of California School of Law at Los Angeles, J.D., 1994, American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law

Professional Qualifications and Activities

  • Admitted to the California Bar in 1994.
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


  • Litigation and Labor & Employment Law Sections, California State Bar
  • Monterey County Bar Association (Past President)
  • Seaside Rotary (Past President)
  • Gateway Center of Monterey County (Past Board Member)
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey (Past President)
  • Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association (Past Board Member)

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