Christina focuses her practice exclusively on criminal defense, with a particular emphasis on helping clients accused of serious or violent felonies, including sex crimes. She has served as a private attorney and as a public defender in both California and Nevada and has extensive experience in state and federal criminal appellate practice, from direct appeals to habeas petitions. Christina is admitted to practice before the Third, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Before graduating from law school with honors, Christina spent ten years as a newspaper reporter in Missouri, California and Nevada, where she won awards for her on-the-scene coverage of the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China in 1997 and for her reports about the plight of immigrants in San Diego in the late 1990s.
Besides her legal work, Christina is an author and historian. Her works include “Lanza’s Mob: The Mafia and San Francisco” (ABC-CLIO, 2016) which was the first published history of the Italian Mafia to focus on the activities of its San Francisco family, and “Torture and Enhanced Interrogation: A Reference Handbook” (ABC-CLIO, 2020) which examines the use of torture by judicial and non-judicial authorities from Ancient Greece to the CIA’s “black sites” around the world.
Christina resides in San Francisco and is based at the firm’s San Jose office, but appears across Northern and Central California.