Erik J Christensen

Erik J Christensen

Top-Tier Employment and Business Representation
  • Employment Law, Business Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • California, District of Columbia
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Biography

Erik Christensen litigates, and provides counsel on, corporate and employment issues in California and the District of Columbia. His experience includes working as a senior associate at top-ranked global law firms, including Littler Mendelson and Greenberg Traurig.

Before this, Erik externed at the California Supreme Court and the First District Court of Appeal, two of the most prestigious opportunities provided to law students in California. Erik also served as a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Victim Impact Program (sometimes referred to as the “Special Victims Unit.”) His experience includes years of service with the 101st Airborne’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps., from which Erik draws his rigor and precision while representing his clients.

Erik also has a strong business and operations background, having served as a Chief Operations Officer at two tech start-ups in San Francisco, and the founder of two law firms. From this background, Erik generates unique solutions to challenging problems in litigation and in business transactions.

Erik holds CALI Excellence for the Future Award, and a Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, in Negotiation and Settlement. He also holds degrees in Social Psychology, Criminology, and Conflict Resolution from UC Irvine.

Education
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
J.D. (2014) | Law
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Honors: Witkin Award - Negotiation & Settlement CALI Award - Negotiation & Settlement
Activities: California Supreme Court First District Court of Appeal Los Angeles District Attorney's Office - Victim Impact Program
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University of California - Irvine
B.A. (2010) | Criminology, Law & Society; Minor in Conflict Resolution
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California Speech & Debate Champion
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Cum Laude
Activities: Mock Trial; Speech & Debate; SAE; Transfer Student Mentor
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University of California - Irvine
B.A. (2010) | Psychology and Social Behavior
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Mock Trial; Parliamentary Debate; Public Speaking
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Golden Key Honors Society; Order of Omega Honors Society
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Professional Experience
Partner
Gold Summit Legal, Inc.
- Current
Pro Bono General Counsel; Member, Board of Directors
Nevada County Arts Council
- Current
Senior Associate
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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Senior Associate
Littler Mendelson P.C.
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Junior Partner
Diamond Baker Mitchell, LLP
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Principal Attorney
Christensen Law Offices
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Judicial Extern
California Supreme Court
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Judicial Extern for the Honorable Ming Chin
Judicial Extern
First District Court of Appeal
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Judicial Extern for the Honorable Timothy Reardon
Publications
Articles & Publications
Independent Contractor Laws Are Ignoring Economy's Evolution
Law360
Certifications
Project Management Professional
Project Management Institute
Awards
Rising Star in Labor and Employment
Super Lawyers
Erik was rated among the top 3% of labor and employment lawyers in California.
Rising Star in the field of Employment Law
American Institute of Legal Advocates
CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Negotiation & Settlement
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
Top of class in Negotiation & Settlement
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - Negotiation & Settlement
Witkin
Top academic marks in Negotiation & Settlement
Professional Associations
Nevada County Arts Council
Pro Bono General Counsel; Member, Board of Directors
- Current
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Veterans Guest House
Board Member
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Conference of California Bar Associations
Resolution Committee Member
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Activities: Draft and review proposed changes to California state law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 314595
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District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
ID Number: 1500421
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Practice Areas
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Gold Summit Legal, Inc.
548 Market St.
Ste. 41750
San Francisco, CA 94104
Toll-Free: (415) 516-2760
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Auburn, CA, USA
Telephone: (530) 210-4461