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Christopher William Turnbow

Litigation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Will Turnbow, Turnbow Law Firm

  • State Years
    California - CA 10 years
    Washington - WA 5 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2018
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Full-service litigation law firm providing: civil business litigation; real estate litigation; and alternative dispute resolution services.

    11 years

  2. Business
    Full-service business law firm providing: entity formation and investment advice; contract formation and dispute resolution; civil business litigation; employment law services; and alternative dispute resolution services.

    11 years

  3. Intellectual property
    Provisional patent, copyright, and trademark services with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and California Secretary of State.

    11 years

  4. Real estate
    Real estate litigation and transactional services involving fraud; foreclosure and bankruptcy issues; lis pendens litigation; real estate broker issues; contract disputes; and other similar matters.

    11 years

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    Full-service entity formation packages including: proper entity choice and legal jurisdiction consultation; official name availability search; file articles of incorporation/organization; customized bylaws/operating agreement; business license etc.

    11 years

I specialize in business, intellectual property, and real estate law.  Following graduation from the University of San Diego School of Law, I served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia. This international experience and my extensive world travel, bring a unique multicultural perspective to my practice of law. l also devote a portion of my time assisting the University of San Diego Legal Clinics to provide free legal services to U.S. veterans and as an adjunct professor teaching trademark law and advanced legal writing.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and playing beach volleyball and basketball. I also play annually in the San Diego County Bar Association Basketball League.

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Turnbow Law Firm
750 B Street, Ste. 2620
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Posted by Pat | December 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!!
I have known Will for six years, half of which he has been my business attorney. To date, Will has settled numerous business disputes for me without having to file a lawsuit, including using his strong negotiation skills to save me over $15,000 in a broken real estate deal. Currently, he is assisting me in the formation of a new business and is drafting all of the necessary contracts and ensuring compliance with all applicable laws. Will is an extremely diligent and competent attorney but more importantly I consider him my friend.
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Posted by David Angyal | November 17, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Sage Counsel
From working with Will I can honestly tell you that he is a true advocate that looks at issues from all angles. You will be in good hands if you seek Will's assistance.
Posted by AmyForsythe | January 4, 2015
Consistent and responsive!
Will Turnbow has consistently provided us invaluable guidance and supplied timely services during our start-up phase of buying a business. My husband and I turned to Will for his knowledge in business law and services when we purchased a business in 2014. He is easy to work with and explains everything in detail. Highly recommend him if you're starting a business or buying one!
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Posted by Hilton | November 30, 2014
Contract Dispute Resolution
Will Turnbow was hired to resolve a contract dispute for Waterways Cruises. Mr. Turnbow has done an excellent job of researching the legal issues involved and presenting our case for mediation or arbitration.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of San Diego School Of Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Principal
  • Turnbow Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Kaye, Rose & Partners, LLP
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Micronesia School of Law
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Supreme Court of Micronesia
  • 2013 - 2014
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  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Western Washington Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Mitchell v. Mitchell-Stong, et al.
  • Favorable monetary settlement.
  • Lanz v. Laoteppitaks
  • Money judgment.
  • Trieu v. Nguyen
  • Money judgment.
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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • University of San Diego School of Law International Law Journal
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Highest Grade in Law of the Sea
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • 2012
  • Highest Grade in International Arbitration
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • 2011
  • Member for Academic Excellence
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
  • 2010
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  • Amicus Brief to Court of Appeal Fourth District
  • Elk Hills Power, LLC v. California State Board of Equalization
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • University of San Diego School of Law Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Trademark Law
  • 2019
  • University of San Diego School of Law Veterans Clinic
  • Veterans Law
  • 2016
  • Micronesia School of Law
  • Contract Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
Endorse Christopher
Trademark application Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is dedicated, hard working, and smart. He works hard for his clients: working until midnight on a number of occasions to finish projects, and even when he was on vacation, he made sure to finish projects and take care of clients' matters. He takes on difficult and hard issues and tackle them with diligence and persistence."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Will is very professional and great to deal with."
Business Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"From working with Will I can honestly tell you that he is a true advocate that looks at issues from all angles. You will be in good hands if you seek Will's assistance."
International law Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the opportunity of working alongside Will in a rather unconventional setting contributing to a legal system in a small developing country. A setting that relied heavily on the skills of precise instincts, flexibility, legal knowledge, and diligence. Will exhibited all of these skills and more, which in turn inspired me to be an even better attorney. It is with pleasure that I endorse Will for all your advocacy needs."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several friends and clients to Will to help with IP issues. Everyone has raved about his services and how intelligent, helpful, reasonable, and informative Will is with helping new business owners pursue their dreams. I will continue to refer clients based purely on their extreme satisfaction!"
Business Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Will is a first rate attorney with a dedication to his clients and his work that is second to none. I have known him for more than ten years and would recommend him to anyone with a legal issue."
Business Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I personally endorse this lawyer. Will is dedicated to his clients in all aspects of legal representation. He easily tackles complex legal issues in any area of law. I highly recommend him to clients in need of an excellent business attorney."
Business Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Will is an honest and hard working attorney. I had the opportunity to work with him on a matter and he puts his client's interests first and works extremely hard to ensure that his representation is top notch and his client is happy at the end of the day."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Will is a dedicated and enthusiastic attorney. His clients are lucky to have him as a lawyer."
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San Diego Litigation Lawyer Christopher William Turnbow
Christopher William Turnbow
Litigation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 10 years
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