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Christopher Charles Barsness

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Irvine, CA

3.9   7 reviews

also known as Chris Barsness

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7, 11, 13 for individuals and businesses

  2. DUI and DWI

  3. Business

18 Year Attorney focussed on finding the best cost effective solutions for individuals and businesses while also ensuring I vigorously fight for to protect their interests.  

Licensed for 20 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 12/05/2022

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Posted by MDC | March 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney.
I am a real estate developer and a home owner. I have intimate knowledge of the legal process of civil litigations in courts. It is the nature of my that/uptcy, and appeal courts in CA. I WILL NOT retain any attorney, other thank Chris. I never lost a case when he was my lawyer. His style: He is quiet, calm, collected. But don’t let that fool you. When he talks in court or files motions or deposed. others, he IS the alpha male. Unlike other attorneys who write 50-page motions and hope to some stick, Chris files motions that are short, just a handful of pages, are surgical, and they go for the jugular. He is fearless. Again- he is the alpha male, without yelling or screaming or bullying, unlike other attorneys who are empty suits trying to bully others or impress their clients. When Chris represents me, it is I who sleeps at nights in peace. It is the other side that loses sleep. Again, Chris’s calm and confidence are soothing and contagious. Plus, his ability to do legal research or case laws and rules, are unparalleled. He thinks outside the box and truly is a legal mind that is genius. Many times he took victory out of jaws of defeat. Why am I writing this review? Because Chris saved me from financial ruins many times. I owe him big time and I want to thank him. Thank you Chris. MDC
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Posted by Robert | June 1, 2010
Simply the best!
Attorney Chris Barsness is extremely knowledgeable and will make you feel comfortable in an otherwise confusing and difficult process of bankruptcy. I felt as if I had lost control of my financial situation and now the bank was threatening to take my home. Chris protected my home and helped me get back on my feet. He explained everything in a way that I could understand, and now have a fresh new start. I couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2010
Highly recommended attorney
Chris Barsness has assisted us with a bankruptcy and loan modification. He give you everything you'd expect from a top notch bankruptcy attorney.
Posted by Oscar | April 28, 2010
Personalized Service
I would most definitely recommend Chris Barsness in helping anyone that has to go into Bankruptcy. He is extremely knowledgeable, his step by step explanation of the Bankruptcy procedures made the experience less unnerving. Thank you so much for all your help.
Posted by Jennifer | April 20, 2010
Outstanding, Simply the best!
Chris Barsness helped me navigate through an extremely difficult time. I was pleased with the service, legal expertise, and support. Every single step was explained in detail. I would recommend Chris Barsness to anyone considering the process of bankruptcy.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He represented me in a case that I had which he did not file the right documentation. Because of this action I received a judgment against me. I had to file for bankruptcy because of his actions not representing correctly . He offered to help me with my bankruptcy to make up his negligence on my first case . In the middle of my bankruptcy he decides to excuse himself out of my bankruptcy case leaving me with no other option to hire another attorney . I do not recommend his services to anybody !!
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Response from Christopher Barsness August 31, 2020
Since this is anonymous and none of this sounds like any client I know, I do not know how to respond. I have never done something or failed to do something that resulted in someone getting a judgment against them and have not offered to handle a bankruptcy after someone got a judgment in a case I represented them on. None of this review is accurate.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2014
Almost lost my home
I hired Chris to help me with a loan modification. Because of his negligence, I almost lost my home. When I contacted my bank directly, they informed me that Mr Barsness did not file the necessary paperwork as he said he had done. Thank god, i took matters into my own hands and saved my home because Chris kept saying he was handling it, and that couldn't have been farther from the truth. Chris was unethical to say the least and almost cost me everything.
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Response from Christopher Barsness August 31, 2020
I only handled some loan modifications in 2009 and 2010, so I am not sure how an anonymous review in 2014 could have anything to do with me. None of this review sounds like any client I have ever had and I dispute that this review is accurate and if I learn who posted this, I will pursue a defamation claim against them as this is completely fake and false review.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015.

Public reproval with/duties issued in CA, 2015
updated on 06/08/2015

A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barsness Law Group, APC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel
  • BioGold Fuels Corporation
  • 2007 - 2008
  • General Counsel
  • Auriga Laboratories
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Adellson, Testan
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Grancell Lebovitz
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Of Counsel
  • Watkins Law
  • 2003 - 2005
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  • University of San Diego School of Business
  • MBA
  • 2001
  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • law
  • N/A
  • Arizona St Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • In Re Jones
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy


  • Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Loan Modification 101
  • How to do your own loan modification
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Christopher
Administrative law Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Barsness is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several clients to this attorney and he has performed beautifully. Chris is knowledgeable, passionate, hardworking and an excellent negotiator. He will get the job done. It is a pleasure to be able to recommend someone with ease and sense of confidence that clients will be satisfied!"
Energy and utilities Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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