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Location 2550 Fifth Ave #515, San Diego, CA 92103
Schedule Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 5PM


A Family Law Attorney With A Reputation For Results-driven, Client-center Representation
Your legal matters are important to us. Sunnen Law can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. We pride ourselves on being able to support clients with a diverse number of problems.
Your legal matters are important to us. Sunnen Law can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. We pride ourselves on being able to support clients with a diverse number of problems.

Protecting The Legal Rights Of Families In San Diego
And Throughout All Of Southern California

Experienced San Diego Divorce & Family Law Attorneys

Christopher Sunnen

As seasoned family lawyers, The Law Offices of Christopher J. Sunnen, CFLS in San Diego has been serving the community for over 20 years in litigation, negotiation, mediation and arbitrations.

The firm represents clients in all divorce, military divorce, and same sex marriage and divorce from the highly complex with significant assets and child custody concerns to the more straightforward resolution driven divorce.

From spousal and/or child support, property division, asset division, restraining orders, children issues, move away issues and more, we have two offices where you can find an experienced divorce lawyer in San Diego: at our main office in downtown San Diego on Fifth Avenue, and the other serving North County. We also try cases in all four of the San Diego County courthouses and in neighboring counties, such as Riverside and Orange County, if necessary.

Call us today to schedule a confidential consultation (619) 255-9551 or send us an email via our contact form.

Meet Our Attorneys



Wither over 20 years of Family Law Experience, Chris specializes in Trial Litigation, Restraining Orders, Complex Child Custody and Divorce cases. Mr. Sunnen also acts as Minor's Counsel for children in high-conflict custody cases.



Attorney/Mediator, Adrian is a passionate and aggressive attorney who has handled many complex matters for his clients and also resolved many cases acting as a mediator for both parties.

Learn More about ADRIAN S. DOTY, ESQ.

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Meet Christopher Sunnen, Esq.
San Diego Divorce & Family Law Lawyer

Since its inception, Sunnen Law has felt that every Family Law problem has a solution, and always works to find the right solution for each client.

Since dispute resolution rarely happens overnight, Certified Family Law Specialist Christopher J. Sunnen, founder of Sunnen Law knows that his clients need a trust and zealous advocate to help them navigate the complex and emotional process of family law issues. With over fifteen years of experience, Mr. Sunnen is first a specialist in Family Law, as well as a party who has taken many high conflict matters through trial. In addition, all of the attorneys at Sunnen Law also serve as “Minor’s Counsel” for the Court, which provides them with added perspective in complicated child custody matters. The entire staff at Sunnen Law know firsthand how complicated and emotionally traumatizing divorce and family law matters can be and are always present to support their clients throughout the process. Similarly, when not working for their clients, the staff of Sunnen Law is active in the community working to assist the public.

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child custody issues, restraining order, or a combination of these events. At those times, Sunnen Law will be there with hands-on support and solutions for any problems that arise. The firm is headed by founder Christopher J. Sunnen, who is certified by the state bar as a Certified Family Law Specialist.

Over a 20-year career, Mr. Sunnen has advocated for countless clients in
high conflict courtroom situations throughout the county of San Diego and beyond. In every case, Mr. Sunnen utilizes his trial experience to provide advice and settle cases, when possible, to obtain
the best results for clients. His zealous approach is
also present with his senior associate, Adrian Doty, who focuses on mediating matters but litigates all family law matters when needed.

No matter what type of family law issue is at play, the firm is always ready to assist and is prepared to make a difference for its clients.

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We take the time to get to know you so we can identify the best legal solutions for your unique circumstances. We understand that a divorce proceeding will end but contact over children’s issues will continue for many years. That’s why we seek to find a resolution that enables your family to move forward with comfort and dignity.

See why families trust Sunnen Law. Call 619-255-9551 or email us today to schedule your free, confidential consultation with one of our skilled family law attorney’s Christopher J. Sunnen, CFLS & Adrian S. Doty, Esq. We know that every problem has a solution, and we are devoted to helping you find exactly that. Let us help guide you to a better, brighter future.


Every family is unique, and so is every divorce and family law case. Some agreements come together smoothly, while others require a stronger legal touch. At Sunnen Law, we get it. We’re here to make your journey through your case as smooth as possible.

Our team takes the time to understand your priorities, crafting a personalized strategy just for you. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, we listen closely and tailor our appoach to fit your needs perfectly.

And unlike other firms, we don’t pass your case off to inexperienced staff. With us, you get experienced attorneys overseeing every step of your case. From start to finish, you can trust us to be by your side, fighting for the best outcome for you.

We offer a full range of family law services to individuals and families. From mediation services to family law litigation and complex divorce such as high-net-worth divorce or military divorce to high-conflict child custody cases and both civil harassment and domestic violence restraining orders, our firm handles it all. In addition to complicated divorce & family law matters, we also protect our clients’ financial rights during bankruptcy.

Voted San Diego’s Best of 2023 by The San Diego Union-Tribune readers and the Face of Divorce Law by San Diego Magazine (January 2024), our lead attorney Mr. Sunnen has established a reputation for handling complex family law cases. His in-depth litigation trial experience and trial advocacy have established our firm as one of the top divorce and family law firms in San Diego County. We will passionately fight to protect your family’s best interests every step of the way.

Let Sunnen Law handle the legal complexities, so you can focus on moving forward with confidence.

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San Diego Divorce & Family Law Attorneys

As seen on KUSI News and Voted San Diego’s Best of 2023 by the San Diego Union-Tribune Readers’ Choice, and the Face of Divorce Law by San Diego Magazine (January 2023), lead attorney Christopher J. Sunnen, has established a reputation for handling complex family law cases. His in depth litigation trial experience and trial advocacy have established our firm as one of the preimier divorce and family law firms in san diego county. We passionately advocate for your family’s best interests at every turn.

Our approach combines assertive representation and advocacy with compassionate and understanding service. You receive personal attention, and we always provide personalized services aimed at obtaining the best outcome possible. Every part of a California divorce is unique, and every attorney has their own thoughts and philosophies on family law. Through our combined 35 plus years of experience, we understand the expectations and perspectives of judges and we know how to move divorce cases through the system efficiently in an effort to save both money and time for our clients. We use our vast knowledge of the area’s legal community to work toward positive outcomes for you.

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    The most courteous, respectful, and knowledgeable firm

    Without a doubt the most courteous, respectful, and knowledgeable firm and group of people assist me during tough times.  Christopher not only provided a free consultation which is always great he was very honest and direct throughout the experience answering every single child custody and legal question I had.  Everyone at Sunnen Law truly seemed to care about me and the outcome of my case treating me like a friend rather than a client.  I hope to never seek their assistance but if I ever require legal assistance again there’d be no hesitation in having Sunnen Law represent me.  Thank you!

    George Valdez

    Thank you for being such a wonderful lawyer

    Thank you for being such a wonderful lawyer, support system, advisor and friend throughout this entire ordeal. You are gifted at what you do and I appreciate all you’ve done to bring this situation to closure. I can’t imagine working with …More

    Quilnault Baker


    SUNNEN LAW ROCKS! Look no further for an absolutely and amazing team to represent your case. Chris and his team are outstanding, professional, compassionate, and very responsive. He helped me navigate through one of the most trying times in my life and at the end, I came out with a positive outlook on life. Well done Chris and Melissa. If you are out there looking for help with any legal issue, I would highly recommend Chris and his team.

    Jessica Lopez

    My attorney got real progress in my case

    Every was very nice and supportive. My attorney explained everything to me and the office took care of everything. I tried on my own for years with no progress. After a couple of months my attorney got real progress in my case.

    Jennifer G.

    Mr. Sunnen was always available to talk

    I cannot speak highly enough of Christopher Sunnen. He is one of the most professional, detailed, and knowledgeable lawyers I have retained and dealt with. Mr. Sunnen  gave excellent and professional advice on how best to represent and protect my asset value. He was always honest and direct and provided excellent work in preparing legal documentation and positioning my case as strongly as possible. Mr. Sunnen was always available to talk and offer good advice with all the difficult aspects of divorce: child custody, financial issues, child suport, spousal support, what to expect in the divorce process. .etc. I highly recommend the legal practice of Christopher Sunnen.

    Roxanna Milligan

    I’ve done right in my life, it’s hire Mr.Sunnen !

    I was highly skeptical about hiring a lawyer for my what I thought a simple divorce matter that turned out to be highly complex. Mr. Sunnen was worth everything. His prices are fair, he took on my case with less than 24 hours notice and his response time was amazing. I’d say I was a pretty needy client and it didn’t matter what time I texted him I received an immediate response addressing my concerns and easing my worries. He has an outstanding way of making you feel comfortable with whatever the outcome will be. I never once felt like I was in a losing situation. If there’s anything I’ve done right in my life, it’s hire Mr.Sunnen !


    I would highly recommend Sunnen Law

    I’m not one to write a review but I would highly recommend Sunnen Law and would like to Thank Mr. Sunnen and his amazing team who not only helped me get my restraining order but also provided genuine care and support throughout the process.

    Stephanie Herrera

    Stephanie Herrera

    Mr. Sunnen and all staff helped my family in ways I could not have imagined. I recommend Sunnen Law Firm to anyone that is a good person facing very hard odds. Thank you again for all that you do. Best experience.

    Carsten S

    I highly recommend Sunnen law

    Knowledge is power and that is exactly what you have on your side with Sunnen Law.  Chris Sunnen helped me navigate through a few delicate situations.  He put my mind at ease and was well prepared for all court hearings.

    His staff is professional, returns all correspondence and calls timely.  I highly recommend Sunnen law and happy with my outcome.  Most important and I have not found in an attorney is compassion, Chris Sunnen is an anomaly.  Compassionate, dedicated and a true professional.  Hats off to you to you and your staff.

    Steven H


    Mr. Sunnen is a Lawyer with a Heart. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. he answer’s all your questions and is very professional and knows his work Also his Office staff is stellar and kind.there should be more Lawyers like Chris. he is Awesome!!!

    Malu Robles

    I couldn’t have gotten through this divorce without your words of wisdom

    Thank you so much for all that you’ve done! I couldn’t have gotten through this divorce without your words of wisdom, advocacy skills, professional legal advice, expertise about family law, relentless confidence, and sincere understanding. You didn’t treat me like I was just another “court case”. What you did, among other things, was listen to every word I had to say! That was important to me because—not once, did I ever feel that you weren’t genuine. Once again, thank you Chris!


    Big thank you to attorney Hannosh and the entire firm for your expertise, knowledge, guidance, patience, efficiency, availability and honesty. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to help me get through this process.

    Odelis M.

    Highly recommend them

    Highly recommend them. They are professional and know exactly what they are doing. Highly recommend them if your in need of a family law lawyer. (:

    Farah Hayatt

    Highly recommend their firm!

    Rosemarie and Chris really understand what it’s like to go through a divorce. They are very professional and great listeners. Highly recommend their firm!

    Ashley Grigsby

    He is an extremely knowledgeable family law attorney

    I have known Chris Sunnen for several years. He is an extremely knowledgeable family law attorney who takes great care of his clients. As a Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert, I work with a lot of attorneys in this space. Chris has a …More

    Bridget P.

    Everyone at the firm was friendly and helpful

    Everyone at the firm was friendly and helpful. Attorney William and his paralegal listened to all my questions and concerns and responded back to me promptly. I would definitely recommend them.

    N Duncan

    Chris is always professional

    After I had a really nasty experience with a local attorney and tried to self represent (a very rapidly moving custody case) I found Chris. I wish I could disclose the details of my case and how far we’ve come.
    Rosemary is absolutely amazing. She is on top of her work and has been someone who’s listened when I’ve been in the office for hearings etc (briefly bc she’s busy). Mareva is on top of her game. We have tackled a few things pertaining to my case together and moved right along. Chris is always professional and has been there to calm me down, explain a situation, and work through next steps. Together we have tackled court hearings, depositions, handled very aggressive/unprofessional opposing party representation, and (finally) worked through a custody agreement in my favor. Chris has provided accurate and solid advice – even when I didn’t want to hear it. He understood my priority was my child, his safety, and well being on day one. I needed that support.
    Even though I would hate anyone go through a custody case, if you’re searching for an expert in Fam Law, don’t look any further.
    Chris, you have helped reach  peace of mind today. Thank you to you and your staff!

    Denise Huerta

    Chris and his team answered all of my questions

    I phoned Chris’s office with questions about custody and how to proceed with me being in the Military. Chris and his team answered all of my questions over the phone and gave me really sound legal advice. Never did he try to reel me in as a client. He was very straightforward and honest wirh my case and provided me with options on how I could move foward and if i should even go foward at this time or wait it out. I appreciated his transparency and will hire him when I return from my leave.

    Kali Tran

    Amazing Attorney with quick results

    Amazing Attorney with quick results and reasonable fees. I appreciate how he took his time and was very patient in explaining all details of the case and where things were going. Thank you for all your help!