License Advocates Law Group LLP
University of Southern California
1971 - 1974
Before founding License Advocates with Mike Claessens and Bob Cramer, Christine worked for more than 30 years as an attorney for the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the State of California. As a Deputy and Assistant City Attorney, Christine prosecuted more than a hundred criminal cases before juries and judges in the Los Angeles criminal courts, and worked as a litigator defending civil cases in state and federal civil courts. She worked as lead trial counsel in a number of complex construction and employment cases, often overseeing the work of numerous other lawyers, law firms, and technical and scientific experts. At one time, Christine was lead counsel in a collection of cases representing more than $300 million in potential liability.
Christine has particular expertise in cases involving allegations of misconduct against police officers and firefighters, government (Civil Service) employees, and teachers. She served for more than 15 years as a union advocate, defending employees against internal investigations and charges of misconduct; in 15 years, only one of her many contested cases resulted in sustained discipline.
Christine is best known for her work as an Administrative Law Judge in the Los Angeles administrative hearing courts for the State of California. As an ALJ, Christine presided at numerous licensee disciplinary hearings. She decided issues of law, heard and evaluated testimony, ruled on the admissibility and credibility of testimonial and documentary evidence, and made Findings of Fact andConclusions of Law on disputed evidence and applicable penalties. She judged a wide variety of occupational license cases involving real estate professionals, insurance producers and brokers, mortgage and banking licensees, motor vehicle salespersons, auto repair dealers, nurses, teachers, child care workers, pest control personnel, bail bond agents, dentists and other license categories too numerous to list. Christine also judged dozens of cases based on denials of licenses. Many of those cases involved accusations of untruthfulness in the licensing application. Over the course of her work as an ALJ for the State, Christine heard many cases where alcohol, marital and financial difficulties were the issues underlying accusations of licensee misconduct.
Christine has taught and written widely on advocacy strategy and skills. She believes wholeheartedly in bold and aggressive representation that challenges the accuser on every legal and factual issue.
Christine lives in Altadena. She was a founder of Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California and is now active in Greyound Rescue. She is an award-winning gardener and landscaper, an accomplished cook, and a mosaicist specializing in outdoor installations.