Christine Tour-Sarkissian

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Tour-Sarkissian Law Offices LLP
 | 211 Gough Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-626-7744
Fax: 415-626-8189
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (50%),
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Business Litigation (0%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (0%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (0%),
  • International (0%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Turkish,
  • Spanish,
  • French,
  • Armenian,
  • Arabic
Attorney Profile

Christine Tour-Sarkissian is a founding partner of Tour-Sarkissian Law Offices located in San Francisco, California. Her primary areas of practice include real estate law, including transactions and litigation, and family law, in which she has been certified as a specialist by the State Bar of California. Ms. Tour-Sarkissian handles construction contracts and litigation, mortgage and foreclosure issues, complex real estate transactions, pre and postnuptial agreements, custody and visitation matters, child and spousal support, complex business valuation cases and international child kidnapping and custody matters. She also handles general business litigation and represents clients throughout the State of California.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1980, Ms. Tour-Sarkissian graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1984 with a Juris Doctor. She later re-enrolled at that institution and received a Master of Laws in taxation in 2004. She is the Family Law Editor of the Continuing Education of the Bar Real Property Journal. She is admitted to practice in both California and the District of Columbia. In addition to English, Ms. Tour-Sarkissian speaks several other languages French, Turkish, Arabic, Spanish and Armenian.

As a member of both the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, Ms. Tour-Sarkissian owns and operates her own real estate business. She is a member of the Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section of the American Bar Association and the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California. As an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, Ms. Tour-Sarkissian taught courses on various legal and financial matters in the real estate sector. She has also published works for Continuing Education of the Bar - California and has been awarded a BV Distinguished* rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
  • 50%Real Estate
  • 50%Family Law
  • 0%Business Litigation
  • 0%Construction Litigation
  • 0%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 0%International
Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Construction Defects, Will Contests

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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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About Christine Tour-Sarkissian

Admitted: 1985, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.tslo.com/Attorneys/Christine-Tour-sarkissian.shtm...

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Member and Candidate to the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Member, American Bar Association, Real Property and the Real Property Trust and Estate Section
  • California Association of Realtors
  • District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1995
  • Co-author, California Real Estate Cases 2000, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

Representative Clients:

  • Burkart v Coleman (In re Tippett) (9th Cir 2008) 542 F3d 684
  • Sprint Telephony PCS, LP v County of San Diego (9th Cir 2008) 543 F3d 571
  • Bennett v Spear (1997) 520 US 154, 177, 137 L Ed 2d 281, 305, 117 S Ct 1154
  • Ritter & Ritter, Inc. v Churchill Condominium Ass’n (2008) 166 CA4th 103, 82 CR3d 389
  • Carr Bus. Enters., Inc. v City of Chowchilla (2008) 166 CA4th 14, 82 CR3d 128
  • MetroPCS, Inc. v City of San Francisco (9th Cir 2005) 400 F3d 715
  • eBay v Merc Exchange, LLC (2006) 547 US 388, 164 L Ed 2d 64, 126 S Ct 18371
  • Kelo v City of New London (2005) 546 US 807, 163 L Ed 2d 40, 126 S Ct 326
  • Marriage of Starr (2010) 189 CA4th 277, 116 CR3d 813
  • Action Apartment Ass’n v City of Santa Monica (2008) 166 CA4th 456, 82 CR3d 722
  • California Coastal Comm’n v Allen (2008) 167 CA4th 322, 83 CR3d 906
  • North Pacifica LLC v California Coastal Comm’n (2008) 166 CA4th 1416, 83 CR3d 636
  • Harrison v Domergue (1969) 274 CA2d 19, 78 CR 797
  • Marriage of Haines (1995) 33 CA4th 277, 296, 39 CR2d 673
  • Dolan v City of Tigard (1994) 512 US 374, 129 L Ed 2d 304, 114 S Ct 2309
  • Kingman Reef Atoll Inv. LLC v U.S. (9th Cir 2008) 541 F3d 1189
  • Center for Biological Diversity Inc. v FPL Group Inc. (2008) 166 CA4th 1349, 83 CR3d 588
  • Marriage of Haines (1995) 33 CA4th 277, 293, 39 CR2d 673
  • Marriage of Delaney (2003) 111 CA4th 991, 4 CR3d 378
  • Steiner v Thexton (review granted Sept. 17, 2008, S164928; superseded opinion at 163 CA4th 359, 77 CR3d 632)
  • Monks v City of Rancho Palos Verdes (2008) 167 CA4th 263, ___ CR3d ___
  • Fidelity Exploration & Prod. Co. v U.S. (9th Cir 2007) 506 F3d 1182
  • McDonald v Coldwell Banker (9th Cir 2008) 543 F3d 498
  • Schwartz v U.S. (In re Schwartz) (9th Cir 1992) 954 F2d 569, 573
  • Stonehouse Homes v City of Sierra Madre (2008) 167 CA4th 531, ___ CR3d ___
  • Zanelli v McGrath (2008) 166 CA4th 615, 82 CR3d 835
  • Treo @ Kettner Homeowners Ass’n v Superior Court (Intergulf Constr. Corp.) (2008) 166 CA4th 1055, 83 CR3d 318
  • U.S. v 4.85 Acres of Land (9th Cir, Sept. 29, 2008, No. 07–35310) 2008 US App Lexis 20920
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inst. v Energy Res. Conservation & Dev. Comm’n (9th Cir 2005) 410 F3d 492
  • Geertson Seed Farms v Johanns (9th Cir 2008) 541 F3d 938
  • Villa Milano Homeowners Ass’n v Il Davorge (2000) 84 CA4th 819, 102 CR2d 1
  • Marriage of Mathews (2005) 133 CA4th 624, 35 CR3d 1
  • Arntz Builders v City of Berkeley (2008) 166 CA4th 276, 82 CR3d 605
  • Lingle v Chevron U.S.A., Inc. (2005) 544 US 528, 161 L Ed 2d 876, 125 S Ct 2074
  • Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v Dintino (2008) 167 CA4th 333, ___ CR3d ___
  • LEG Invs. v Boxler (2010) 183 CA4th 484, ___ CR3d ___
  • Marriage of Brooks & Robinson (2008) 169 CA4th 176, 184, 86 CR3d 624
  • Lingle v Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (2005) 544 US 528, 161 L Ed 2d 876, 125 S Ct 2074
  • Salinas v Martin (2008) 166 CA4th 404, 82 CR3d 735, modified and rehearing denied (Sept. 22, 2008, A119733) 2008 Cal App Lexis 1449
  • City of Corona v Naulls (2008) 166 CA4th 418, 83 CR3d 1
  • City of Ukiah v Fones (1966) 64 C2d 104, 107, 48 CR 865
  • Marriage of Bonds (2000) 24 C4th 1, 12, 99 CR2d 252
  • United Bhd. of Carpenters, Local 848 v Nat’l Labor Relations Bd. (9th Cir 2008) 540 F3d 957
  • Block v North Dakota (1983) 461 US 273, 292, 75 L Ed 2d 840, 857, 103 S Ct 1811
  • Nollan v California Coastal Comm’n (1987) 483 US 825, 97 L Ed 2d 677, 107 S Ct 3141
  • General Elec. Capital Corp. v Future Media Prods., Inc. (9th Cir 2008) 530 F3d 1178
  • Citibank, N.A. v Nyland, Ltd. (2d Cir 1989) 878 F2d 620
  • Lucas v South Carolina Coastal Council (1992) 505 US 1003, 120 L Ed 2d 798, 112 S Ct 2886
  • Fitzgerald Living Trust v U.S. (9th Cir 2006) 460 F3d 1259
  • Mission Shores Ass’n v Pheil (2008) 166 CA4th 789, 83 CR3d 108
  • Lazy Y Ranch Ltd. v Behrens (9th Cir, Sept. 26, 2008, No. 07–35315) 2008 US App Lexis 20335
  • City of Auburn v Qwest Corp. (9th Cir 2001) 260 F3d 1160
  • Fairbanks N. Star Borough v U.S. Army Corps of Eng’rs (9th Cir 2008) 543 F3d 586
  • Grafton Partners v Superior Court (2005) 36 C4th 944, 32 CR3d 5
  • Marriage of Fossum (2011) 192 CA4th 336, ___ CR3d ___
  • Great W. Drywall, Inc. v Roel Constr. Co. (2008) 166 CA4th 761, 83 CR3d 235
  • Shanks v Dressel (9th Cir 2008) 540 F3d 1082
  • U.S. v Peterson (9th Cir 2008) 538 F3d 1064
  • Lamden v La Jolla Shores Clubdominium Homeowner’s Ass’n (1992) 21 C4th 249, 87 CR2d 237
  • Marriage of Fossum (2011) 192 CA4th 336, ___ CR3d ___
  • Lingle v Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (2005) 544 US 528, 161 L Ed 2d 876, 125 S Ct 2074
  • Sun v City of Oakland (2008) 166 CA4th 1177, 83 CR3d 372
  • Martin v Riverside County Dep’t of Code Enforcement (2008) 166 CA4th 1406, 83 CR3d 624
  • Wilson v S.L. Rey, Inc. (1993) 17 CA4th 234, 242, 21 CR2d 552
  • Brison v Brison (1888) 75 C 525, 17 P 689; Kohn v Kempner (1922) 59 CA621, 622, 211 P 805
  • Nollan v California Coastal Comm’n (1987) 483 US 825, 97 L Ed 2d 677, 107 S Ct 3141
  • McFarland v Kempthorne (9th Cir, Oct. 2, 2008, No. 06–36106) 2008 US App Lexis 20811
  • National Audubon Soc’y v Superior Court (1983) 33 C3d 419, 431 n11, 189 CR 346
  • Estate of Stephens (2002) 28 C4th 665, 677, 122 CR2d 358
  • Wood v Jamison (2008) 167 CA4th 156, 83 CR3d 877
  • Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v PG&E (2007) 549 US 443, 167 L Ed 2d 178, 127 S Ct 1199
  • Lucas v South Carolina Coastal Council (1992) 505 US 1003, 1027, 120 L Ed 2d 798, 820, 112 S Ct 2886
  • McFarland v Norton (9th Cir 2005) 425 F3d 724
  • Penn Cent. Transp. Co. v City of New York (1978) 438 US 104, 108, 57 L Ed 2d 631, 638, 98 S Ct 2646

Educational Background:

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2004
  • University of San Francisco, B.A. in Psychology, With Honors, 1980

Industry Groups

  • Civil Litigation
  • International Law
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211 Gough Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415-626-7744

Fax: 415-626-8189

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Last Updated: 2/28/2020

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