Charles Christensen

Top rated State, Local & Municipal attorney in San Diego, California

Christensen & Spath LLP
Charles Christensen
Christensen & Spath LLP

Practice Areas: State, Local & Municipal, Real Estate, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1973

Education: University of San Diego School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2013, 2015 - 2023

Christensen & Spath LLP

401 W A St
Suite 2250
San Diego, CA 92101 Visit website


Attorney Charles Christensen is the Managing Partner at Christensen & Spath LLP in San Diego, California, where he focuses his practice on state, local and municipal law, as well as construction litigation, real estate law and general civil litigation. He serves clients throughout the San Diego area.

Over the course of his more than 47 years in practice, Mr. Christensen has represented private clients and public entities in many complex civil matters. His cases have involved administrative law, construction defect litigation, contractor claims and defenses, housing law, mechanic’s liens, and land planning and redevelopment law. He has served as both general and special counsel to various public agencies.

Among other honors he has received, Mr. Christensen was granted the AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating from the peer-review service, in recognition of his professionalism and ethics.

Outside of running his practice and managing his law firm, Mr. Christensen stays active in his legal community. He belongs to the San Diego County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Claremont McKenna College in 1970. He went on to receive his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1973. He holds a license to practice law before all California state courts, the U.S. district courts for the central and southern districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

State, Local & Municipal, Real Estate: Business, Civil Litigation: Defense, Construction Litigation: Business

Focus areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Construction Defects, State, Local & Municipal Litigation

  • 30% State, Local & Municipal
  • 30% Real Estate: Business
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 20% Construction Litigation: Business

First Admitted: 1973, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California
  • California Bar Association, Member, Since 1973
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator
  • Recognized expert and Lecturer in Public Record and Brown Act Law
  • Recognized expert and Lecturer in Affordable Housing
  • Top Lawyers in San Diego County, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2005, 2008, 2011 - 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2013
  • Top Lawyers in San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2013 - 2014, Listed as AV Pre-eminent in Martindale Hubbell for more than the last 20 years, 2019
Educational Background:
  • Claremont Men's College, B.A., 1970

Office location for Charles Christensen

401 W A St
Suite 2250
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-236-9343


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2013, 2015 - 2023

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