Cristine Whalen

Partner

Christine has been practicing law since 2001, primarily in the areas of elder law, estate planning, family law, juvenile dependency and representing families in the foster care system. Christine joined Laughlin Legal, PC as a Partner after running her own practice for 15 years. Prior to opening her firm, she practiced civil litigation at a San Francisco law firm. Christine also has worked as a journalist in Seattle and Hawaii and a teacher in Portugal.

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Christine received a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and later a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Christine is a certified mediator and is passionate about helping clients resolve complicated disputes amicably and efficiently through the mediation process. She has found elder law mediation especially effective at helping families achieve creative solutions to their conflicts.

Christine is a member of the San Mateo and Alameda County Bar Associations, where she serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee.

Christine has volunteered with Hopalong Animal Rescue and as a mentor to new attorneys on the San Francisco Juvenile Dependency Panel. In her free time, Christine enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and playing with her four-year-old daughter. She aspires to finish the novel languishing on her hard drive in the not-too-distant future.

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