Real Estate / Eminent Domain
Chris is a litigator with proven success including in complex litigation. Both individually and as part of a team, he has been responsible as the lead attorney for numerous lawsuits including trials, writs, and appeals. Chris represents various local and state public entities including cities, counties, special districts, and school districts in a wide range of matters including civil rights, disability access and discrimination, and employment.
Chris has also counseled cities, counties, and other public entities prior to and in the wake of litigation in a wide range of matters including compliance with the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and various environmental laws such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Porter-Cologne Act, and the Clean Water Act.
Prior to joining Orbach Huff Suarez + Henderson LLP, Chris served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Jose. He provided the City with counseling and representation in issues of eminent domain, public work and labor disputes, as well as the full gamut of personal injury, regulatory, contract, and constitutional cases faced by the City on a daily basis. He also criminally prosecuted violations of the municipal code and protected neighborhoods against drugs, prostitution, gangs, blight, and other nuisances through administrative action, civil abatement, receivership, and unfair business practices actions.
Chris graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Pomona College and received his juris doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law where he graduated with honors and upon the Dean’s List. While in law school, he clerked for the Santa Clara Superior Court, was a national finalist in multiple moot court competitions, and received multiple awards for academic excellence.