Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2001. She went on to receive a scholarship to attend the University of San Diego School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2005. She passed the California State Bar in the same year, and is admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of California.
Christine spent the majority of the early years in her legal career defending individual clients and corporations in civil litigation cases, specializing in insurance bad faith, construction defect, personal injury, and broker liability cases. She was privileged to work as an associate at the Law Offices of Kenneth Greenfield and at Skane Wilcox, where her mentors impressed upon her their strong work ethic. Christine subsequently spent several years as an independent contractor, assisting individuals and firms with a variety of diverse litigation and contractual needs.
In founding the Law Office of Christine Padilla, Christine made the decision to focus primarily on the estate planning and probate needs of her clients. All too often, clients delay the estate planning process for various reasons. Christine recognized the need for individuals and families to consult with an attorney they can rely upon and trust, whether in assisting them in the establishment of personalized estate planning documents such as a will or trust, or in guiding them through the sensitive nature of the probate process. While the task of establishing one’s estate plan may appear monumental to some, estate planning is vital for those who desire to have a voice in the management and direction of their future affairs. Christine remains as passionate now about providing her clients with quality estate planning and probate services as she was when she represented her clients in litigation. In addition, she remains committed to approaching each client’s situation with thoughtfulness and integrity, and will continue to assist her clients in constructing unique solutions to their estate planning needs.
Christine is a past member of San Diego Defense Lawyers, where her strengths and legal abilities were recognized when she was named the 2007 Outstanding New Lawyer. She is currently a member of the California State Bar and the San Diego County Bar Association.
Christine has lived in San Diego all of her adult life. She and her husband Jeff Padilla met in their last year of law school, and married shortly after. Jeff and Christine are now raising their two girls in San Diego, where they often spend time with their large extended family. Christine volunteers at her daughters’ school and serves as the “cookie mom” for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She also enjoys hiking, reading, and travel.