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La Jolla Bar Association, June 2017 MCLE Luncheon with Lesa Christenson

06/08/2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Our next MCLE  lunchtime program will be Thursday, June 8th, at noon, at the Manhattan of La Jolla Restaurant – inside the Empress Hotel, at 7766 Fay Avenue.

We are pleased to welcome Lesa Christenson, Certified Family Law Specialist, as our upcoming speaker for our June MCLE luncheon. Ms. Christenson will present “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Family Law.” 

Ms. Christenson’s presentation topics will include: 

  • Overview of the Family Law Court; 
  • Issues arising in the marriage dissolution proceeding, including marital termination status;  child custody and visitation;  child support;  spousal support;  property and debt characterization; and attorneys fees;
  • Stages of the marital dissolution process in Family Law Court, including the pleadings; motions for interim orders; financial disclosure requirements and documentation; mediation processes; the availability and use of discovery; the settlement negotiation process and documenting the marital settlement agreement;  trial of issues in family law court in absence of settlement; and post-judgment issues and modification; and    
  • Common questions arising during the course of a marriage dissolution proceeding 

Regardless of your practice area, understanding of the Family Law Court role and function, and the process your clients face when involved in a marriage dissolution, will assist your representation as to their other legal needs.

We hope to see you this week on Thursday for this informative MCLE event (general credit of 1.0 hr).

Information about our speaker:

Lesa Christenson, APC, is  founding partner of ABC Family Law, a law firm whose attorneys handle Family Law matters of every nature and type, from those involving  sophisticated financial, business and valuation issues, to those requiring resolution of emotionally charged and complex custody disputes.

Ms. Christenson is a Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Since founding ABC Family Law in 2000, Lesa has been committed to providing her clients with the education, structure and support needed to navigate the complexities of the family law legal system, both during the dissolution process, and after with post-dissolution events.    

A hallmark of Ms. Christenson’s family law practice is her  use of a written Case Plan to assist her clients in understanding all the requisite steps involved in their cases.   Lesa has found that this assists her clients to make well informed choices during the process, and provides insights toward planning for their new life, post-divorce.

 Lesa has achieved an AV rating from Martindale–Hubbell.  She frequently gives family law presentations to bar associations and professional groups, and has previously spoken on this subject matter to the California Women Lawyers and the San Diego County Bar Association, and now shares her knowldge with our own La Jolla Bar Association.      She is the author of “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Family Law.”

Some additional information regarding Ms. Christenson’s recognitions, affiliations and publications:


  • 2008-2012, 2013 (Nominee), 2014 – 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers®
  • 2007-2012, 2013 (Nominee), 2014, 2015 San Diego Daily Transcript Top Attorney (Family Law)
  • 2014, 2015 San Diego Magazine Top Family Law Attorney
  • 2009 “Transcript Ten,” San Diego Daily Transcript


  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Committee, Certified Family Law Specialists, San Diego County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2002
  • Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Board, Lawyers Club of San Diego, 1997-2000
  • Vice President, Lawyers Club of San Diego, 1999-2000


  • “How I Got 100 Client Referrals in Six Months,” Lawyers Club Newsletter, December 1998 and January 1999
  • “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Family Law” (MCLE accredited)

Click here to view Ms. Christenson’s outline for the upcoming lecture.


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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7766 Fay Avenue
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