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Christine Hayes Sickler

Family Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.1   13 reviews

also known as Christine Hayes Sickler CLS-F

  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    Active No misconduct found

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MS. SICKLER joined the firm in 1985 and is a supervising attorney with the firm. Ms. Sickler obtained her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law in 1976 and her Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1973. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sickler was engaged in the general practice of law, including obtaining substantial civil and criminal trial experience. Ms. Sickler was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1976 and became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 1991. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists. Ms. Sickler also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Court Family Law Division.


Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC
9663 Tierra Grande Street
Suite 301
San Diego, CA, 92126

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Posted by Michelle | February 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Out There!!
I hired Christine about 4 years back to help with my divorce and custody cases. She eventually helped me with getting a restraining order as well and has done a phenomenal job at every turn. It’s been an extremely difficult case but she has fought for me and my children like we’re her only client and that has made all the difference. Christine has always given sound advice and doesn’t sugar coat reality. She’s been in the game a long time and it shows! She knows her stuff and is very smart with her strategies. I highly recommend her to anyone!!
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Posted by Michael | February 17, 2021
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A title.....? How about victim of a thief soon to be ex wife?
I have to give rave reviews for Christine and thumbs down reviews for "Family Court". Christine is up front as much as possible in all ways and her experience & attention to details is exemplary. She also goes out of her way to try to keep expenses down. Bottom line is that you can trust her to do a good job. Sadly, in Family Court, history has proven time and time again that the woman in a divorce or separation case can get away with virtually anything with total impunity to include any and every type of abuse to include child abuse, elder abuse & violence, lying, falsification of records or documents filed with the court, false testimony, lying at depositions, grand theft robbery, embezzlement, immigration marriage fraud, marriage fraud, and other forms of abuse. The court could care less. When you present even criminal information in court during live testimony, and you hear the presiding judge say; "that's no big deal, lots of people do that", is greatly disappointing and destroys trust in the court system when the judge does not care.
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Posted by robert | February 9, 2021
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Thoughts on divorce litigation
Excellent service- and always available and very knowledgeable . She knows how to handle the negotiation.
Posted by Phil | January 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Christine
Chris helped me through a very contentious divorce and kept me sane throughout the process She is extremely diligent and thorough. Hence she is very clear about the process and issues to be addressed, and gives a very honest assessment of things. If there are business or real estate assets involved in your divorce Chris is very strong at understanding these and how best to deal with them. Divorce is no fun but having Chris as my attorney gave me a lot of confidence about the whole process and how it plays out.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Attorney Sickler is the BEST!!!
I had a great experience with the Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider. Attorney Christine Sickler’s knowledge of case law is unparalleled. My divorce was very contentious and difficult for several reasons. First, my former wife had unrealistic expectations as to the value of our assets and made unreasonable demands. She hired an attorney that was not knowledgeable in family law and practices outside of San Diego. Given Ms. Sickler’s expertise in family law coupled with her knowledge of business valuation and tax issues, we were able to accomplish a settlement beyond my expectations. In addition, her paralegal Anita was always available to answer questions and kept me informed as to the status of my case which alleviated my stress during the divorce process.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2014
My legal experience with Christine Sickler
I can not say enough about the professionalism and intelligence of Christine Sickler. She was able to handle the very complex issues of my case as well as the difficult personality of my husband. I recommend her without hesitation.
Posted by Mary | February 27, 2014
Christine Sickler a Beatrice L. Snider Law Firm
My experience hiring the Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider to settle my divorce far exceeded my expectations. Beatrice is a master strategist, and her excellent team implemented her plan of action with great expertise. Attorney Christine Sickler and paralegal Anita McCloud were really impressive; professional, insightful and wonderfully responsive. They adeptly educated and guided me through the legal process, answering every question and concern quickly. They also made me feel that they truly cared about me, and achieving the best possible result for my case. I am more than pleased with the outcome of my lawsuit, and have much gratitude for the smart, savvy and committed people of Snider Law. I would indeed recommend them to anyone looking for a dedicated "A" team. Mary
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Posted by Vanessa | July 27, 2013
NO lightweight here!!!!!
I am in the fight of my life. I am strengthened by having Ms. Christine Sickler and her experienced staff fearlessly working on my behalf. Ms. Sickler is well versed in divorce law. I look forward to her knowledge and expertise leading the way to a very positive outcome of me.
Posted by Alyse | July 25, 2013
The Journey Begins HERE...She is WONDERFUL!
Ms. Sickler is currently representing my mother in a very acrimonious divorce proceeding. During the course of this case, Ms. Sickler and her team (Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC) have treated my mother with respect, have kept constant communication with developments in the case, and continue to fight in hopes of achieving the best possible outcome. It has been a relief to me to have my mother represented by honest, caring, and knowledgeable people that just so happen to be attorneys. I respect and appreciate the work of Ms.Sickler and the firm very much. Regardless of outcome, I tip my hat off to you Ms. Sickler…thank you very much for all you are doing.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2013
This woman is awesome!
Christine Sickler literally saved my life during my divorce. She helped me strategize my escape from an abusive husband, got a restraining order against him and successfully fought for me in court. I felt that I was her top priority throughout the entire process. I am now financially secure and physically safe due to her strenuous actions on my behalf. Christine, thank you so much!
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2013
Be forewarned
After reading the prior 2 client reviews, I see that Ms. Sickler has not changed her ways. I too was a client of Ms. Sickler's in a divorce............. long term (25 years) marriage and multi-million dollar commnity asset divorce. We had only $100.00 in our pocket when we first were married and worked and saved to achieve our goals. At times, I wondered whose side she was representing. Discovery was a joke - non-existent. At court hearings - all I heard was this "little girl" voice coming from Ms. Sickler. Laughable. How could anyone take her seriously? The judge and the other attorneys did not.....Christine never challenged and would agree to everything the other attorneys wanted. Beause of the legal "click" in San Diego, finding an attorney who is not afraid of the judges and for looking too aggressive to their peers, was very diffiult. Because my husband had complete control over the community assets (millions of dollars) and also had "connections"........there was no equal distribution of the community property. There was "Drive By" appraisals of his corporations. and my request for discovery of the hidden bank and brokerage accounts I had discovered, were declared to be "fishing trips" and Ms. Sickler did nothing to advocate for me. What money I received in the divorce settlement ended up being paid to attorneys. Now that the divorce is over, I have seen my ex bring all his wealth up to the surface. Be forewarned about Ms. Sickler.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2011
Christine Sickler came highly recommended and is know for being extremely knowledgable in Family Law. I fired Ms. Sickler when she refused to conduct simple discovery requests relating to my husband's businesses. It became clear she doing everything in her power to suppress evidence from her client, the courts and the tax authorities. I am taking this attorney to the State Bar and I would advise anyone who has a complaint to go to the local Law Library and get informed of your rights. The consumer has rights and the justice system is supposed to protect injustice.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2011
Incompetent, unethical, scattered, hack
My ex wife has a recent history of mental health issues (including psychiatric hospitalizations). I'm a PhD student, gainfully employed and have had full custody of our son until I hired Christine. She submitted declarations with no exhibits (although I have plenty), told me I didn't need to show up in court (I live out of state) but doing so actually angered judge...and on and on. Now, my son's mother, with a very recent history of drug abuse and severe mental illness- who has also been MIA since 4/10- has shared custody. Worst attorney ever. Then her papalegal- Anita- says it's my fauly and that I should "suck it up." BTW- I paid her office $280/hr for this top-notch service. I've already contacted the San Diego Bar.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Law Offices Of Beatrice L. Snider, APC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Supervising Attorney
  • Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC
  • 1985 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, A.P.C.
  • 1900 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 1991 - 2015
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  • UC Hastings COL
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1976
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973


  • Association of Certified Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • Federal Court- Southern District of California
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Family Law
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2014
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • San Diego Super Lawyers, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • San Diego Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2007
  • San Diego County's Top Law Firms
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2006
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 1991
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 19
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"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
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San Diego Family Lawyer Christine Hayes Sickler
Christine Hayes Sickler
Family Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 47 years