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Attorney Christopher J Sunnen Esquire

Christopher J. Sunnen Esq.






Over the last fifteen years, Mr. Sunnen has worked to protect his client's rights both in and out of the courtroom and provides solutions to many challenging cases at a high level of professionalism. He specializes in both Family Law/Divorce and Bankruptcy Law. Mr. Sunnen is a member of the California State Bar and has been in private practice for over fifteen years, focusing on litigation in family court, federal court, tax court, bankruptcy court, and before various administrative agencies. Prior to his time in private practice, Mr. Sunnen was a clerk for Federal Magistrate David Noce in the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Sunnen graduated from law school at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was awarded "Best Brief" in Moot Court and was a three-year member of the Dean's List, recognizing academic excellence. Prior to his career as an attorney, Mr. Sunnen attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated with a double major in Political Science and History and wrote an honors thesis. As a former Park Ranger, Mr. Sunnen has been, and is active in both the private and public sectors of the outdoor industry and has worked with many Fortune 500 companies to promote sustainable public lands appreciation, education and protection. Mr. Sunnen is also the former head of a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that he founded and operated for a three-year period; and currently serves on the board of directors of another 501(c)(3) organization.

Mr. Sunnen is active in the local legal community, mentors' young lawyers, and aspiring lawyers. When not at the office, Mr. Sunnen can be found traveling, climbing mountains, or generally, adventuring anywhere outside. In each case, he brings real world experience to bear to resolve and de-escalate high conflict matters for the benefit of the firm's clients.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law/Divorce
  • Bankruptcy

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2018
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: “Best Brief” in Moot Court
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Washington
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: History

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Principal/Attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego Bar Association, Member, 2019 to Present
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Member, 2019 to Present

Past Positions

  • Honorable David D. Noce, a federal magistrate in the Eighth Circuit, Clerk


  • English
  • Spanish