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Christine Marie Harney

Family Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

4.9   11 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 3 years
    Illinois - IL 15 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Christine

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Christine Harney has extensive experience in dissolution of marriage proceedings, including: negotiating and litigating the division of multi-million dollar estates; representing business-owners or their spouses in litigation involving complex forensic accounting and business valuation issues; litigating child-related issues; and empathetically counseling clients through emotionally charged parenting disputes.

Christine has received numerous accolades during her time practicing family law, including selection as one of “Forty under 40” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin at the age of 32, selection to the Illinois Rising Stars list by “Super Lawyers” in 2017, and selection as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Illinois Leading Lawyers from 2015-2016.

Christine has served as a member of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section Executive Council and co-chair of the Family Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section. Additionally, she has guest lectured on child support, maintenance, and temporary relief at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

During law school, Christine interned at the Loyola Community Law Center Clinic where she served the indigent community in family law proceedings and acted as a Guardian Ad Litem with a. Christine also participated in Moot Court as a member of the Chicago Bar Association team. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy.

Awards 

Selected to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty under 40,″ 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017
Illinois Leading Lawyer “Emerging Lawyer” honoree, 2015 and 2016

Education

J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2008
B.A., Loyola University Chicago, 2005 (Cum Laude)

Bar Admissions Degree

Illinois, 2008
California, 2021

Location

Moradi Saslaw
620 Newport Center Dr.
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
Moradi Saslaw
50 California Street
Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA, 94111
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Matt | November 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Spectacular Divorce Attorney
Christine always had my children's best interests at heart and was a tireless advocate for them and for me. Super smart, incredibly compassionate, and a bulldog negotiator, Christine is exceptional. Hire her today.
Posted by Lisa | September 6, 2022
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Divorce Attorney
Christine helped me navigate an extremely contentious divorce that involved a child. High net worth ex husband, that involved forensic accounting as well. And helped overturn a earlier award denying private education contribution.
Posted by J | August 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Christine went above and beyond for me. She is extremely professional, mindful, expeditious, and effective. All while having unbelievable empathy during difficult situations. I feel like I had the best representation that was out there. I honestly can’t speak highly enough about her and her work product and work ethic.
Posted by Allen | July 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!!!
Christine helped me get through one of the most stressful, emotional and painful times I’ve had in my life. Going through a divorce was something I thought I never would have to do and at many times I felt lost. When I decided to hire Christine, she became my advocate and my strength. She helped me deal with all the problems and issues that were out of my control. For helping me move on with my life, I will always be thankful to her. She is an excellent attorney who goes above and beyond to help her clients get piece of mind. I highly recommend Christine Harney to anyone who needs legal help.
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Posted by Stamos | May 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Family Law
I worked with Mrs. Harney during a difficult period. She took the time to discuss best scenarios that would keep my children's best interest at heart. She knew they were priority #1 and kept true to that.
Posted by Jim | May 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I hired Christine for my divorce case back in 2010 and she did a fantastic job. She was very responsive to my questions. She seemed to genuinely understand divorce is a stressful event and made me at ease throughout the process. She helped me realize that dragging it out was only hurting me and settling would not only save money but make me happier faster. She could not have been more right. She helped me see I was being stubborn and guided me down a better path. I would recommend her to anyone going through divorce. Jim McDermott
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2022
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Great work
Very pleased with Christine. She was organized, diligent, thorough and didn't waste time. When she didn't know answer to a question, she didn't BS me but would get back to me with answer promptly. Worked well w/ other party attorney and was a smooth process overall.
Posted by Amanda | April 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exactly what I needed.
Christine was the associate I worked with when I reached out for legal needs over a schooling dispute with my ex, post COVID shutdowns. My previous attorney, Steve Wittenberg was mid trial on another case and due to the time sensitive nature of my issue, Christine stepped in. She was exactly what we needed. She was punctual on all responses to my inquiries, thorough with all necessary documents, and prepared me every step of the way with realistic expectations for what was to come with my hearing, etc. Thankfully, bc she and I were so thorough and laid out a well documented case in my favor, the judge agreed with us and ruled in my favor. This decision was HUGE and set the trajectory for my child’s life with forever consequences. I’m so thankful for the job Christine did for us, and I would gladly retain her in the future if God forbid another impasse presents itself. My advice to anyone in this situation is get yourself a good attorney like Christine, but also be prepared to do whatever you can to support your attorney in fighting for you. I took the initiative to provide any and all documentation I thought would help (and much of which was prompted/thought of by Christine).
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Posted by Richard | April 19, 2022
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Excellent
Christine is an exceptional lawyer. She has a great approach, fully understood my needs and knows the law well.
Posted by Daniel | April 18, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
I dealt with Christine on several occasions and she personally handled my own divorce. I myself am an attorney and I was very impressed by how Christine handled my divorce. Thanks Christina!
Posted by Brett | July 25, 2022
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Client
Christine was extremely thorough in working on a complicated matter that was outside of the norm. I appreciated her perspectives and legal insight on how to best accomplish the goals we set out legally and would recommend her to others.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Moradi Saslaw
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Irwin & Irwin
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Partner (and former of Counsel)
  • Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger, LLP (prior name changes omitted)
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Partner
  • Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger, LLP (former name changes omitted)
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger, LLP (former name changes omitted)
  • 2008 - 2016
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section- Past member
  • Executive Council
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section - past member
  • Past Co-Chair of the Family Law Committee
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Forty under 40
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2016
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Attorney Therapist Breakfast Club
  • How attorney-assisted mediation can be a tool in getting high-conflict cases to the finish line including correcting power imbalance, resolving areas of mistrust, and providing legal information.
  • 2022

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Christine
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine is a super star family law attorney. She is an excellent high stakes litigator who brings litigation expertise to her settlement-focused family law practice. It's rare to find a litigator who is as intelligent as Christine intellectually and emotionally. She is warm and caring, but also a strong and zealous advocate in the court room. I have no hesitation sending clients in need of representation in divorce or premarital agreement matters to Christine because I know they are in trustworthy and capable hands."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In full disclosure, I'm Christine's husband, but that also gives me a unique perspective and insight into her legal prowess and devotion to her clients. Christine is a dedicated advocate for her clients and strives to advance their interests in litigation while also lending a caring and understanding ear to the inevitable struggles that accompany a divorce. I've watched her in court push and push judges to change their mind and succeed. As an attorney myself, I remain continuously impressed by her legal talent and compassion and commitment to her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Christine. She and I have worked against each other on cases over the years. She is a zealous advocate for her clients, while always maintaining professionalism."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine is incredibly knowledgeable in family law and provides compassionate representation. I highly recommend her and endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Divorce and separation
Estate planning

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Newport Beach Family Lawyer Christine Marie Harney
Christine Marie Harney
Family Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 15 years