Christopher P. Valle-Riestra

Attorney at Law

725 Washington St., Suite 211
Oakland, Calif. 94607
(510) 891-0621
Fax: (510) 839-9857


School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley. J.D., May 1983. Jurisprudence Award in Estates and Trusts, Fall Term 1981. Research assistant to Professor Michael E. Smith, winter 1982. Member, Ecology Law Quarterly, 1982 to 1983.

Stevenson College, University of California, Santa Cruz. B.A., Economics, with college honors, May 1978.

Professional Experience

In private practice, August 1995 to date, with emphasis on creditors' remedies, commercial law, bankruptcy, general civil litigation, and probate. Formerly of counsel to General Counsel Services, APLC, doing business as the Law Offices of David Hicks & Associates, currently located at 2200 Powell St., Suite 990, Emeryville, Calif. 94608, (510) 595-2000. Formerly of counsel to the Law Offices of Fred M. Duman & Associates,  2807 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, Calif.  94546,  (510) 537-3388.

Associate, June 1988 to August 1995, Eskanos & Adler, A Professional Corporation, currently located at 2325 Clayton Rd., Concord, Calif.  94520, (925) 969-1900. Contact Irwin J. Eskanos. General civil practice, with heavy emphasis on business litigation, including creditors' remedies. Considerable trial experience, including some jury trial work to verdict and judgment.

In private practice, November 1986 to June 1988, with emphasis on civil litigation, including real estate and construction disputes, insurance coverage, general commercial matters, and consumer claims.

Associate, August 1983 to October 1986, Law Offices of Hicks and Nolan, then located at 2000 Powell Street, Suite 750, Emeryville, Calif. 94608. Contact David Hicks, (510) 595-2000. Major responsibilities in a varied practice emphasizing civil litigation.

Professional Associations

Member, State Bar of California, since December 1983. Recipient, Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, 1995 and 1996.

Admitted to practice before all United States District Courts in California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Alameda County Bar Association. Member since 1984.  Participant and coordinator in  Lawyers in the Library program since 1995. Member, Fee Arbitration Committee panel, since 1985.  Recipient, Volunteer Appreciation Award, 1996.

Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, Alameda County. Member, family law, senior law, and debt collection defense panels, accepting pro bono assignments.  Active volunteer in family law clinics.

Community Activities

Tamalpais Conservation Club, Mill Valley, Calif., founded in 1912, dedicated to preserving the natural features of Mount Tamalpais, a Bay Area landmark. Co-chairman of the Trails Committee, since 2000; active participant for several years before then.  The Trails Committee coordinates and carries out trail maintenance and rehabilitation, in cooperation with the  Marin Municipal Water District and Mount Tamalpais State Park. Recipient, Ron Olson Award, 2002, for service to the organization.

American Hiking Society. Recipient, California Volunteer of the Year Award, 2001, for leadership of and participation in trail maintenance efforts.

Save Mount Diablo, Walnut Creek, Calif., an organization dedicated to expansion of Mount Diablo State Park and neighboring land preserves, through private fund raising and cooperation with state and local government officials. Member, Board of Directors, 1984 to 1993.

Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, Walnut Creek, Calif., an organization providing educational materials and activities for park visitors. Member, Board of Directors, 1981 to 1990. Treasurer, 1983 to 1988.

Additional References

Gary L. Fertig, Atty. at Law
875A Island Dr., Suite 373
Alameda, Calif. 94502
(510) 521-1400

Joel A. Wallock, Atty. at Law
419 Hillcrest Ave.
Aptos, Calif.  95003
(831) 685-2685

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