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Cristi Michelon Vasquez

Probate Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Cristi Michelon Vasquez

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Cristi

Learn Cristi’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    We can assist you with probate administration and settlement of disputed estate administration.

    19 years

  2. Trusts
    We can assist you in your trust litigation needs. If you are a trustee or a beneficiary looking to ensure that your rights are protected, we can help you...

    19 years

  3. Landlord or tenant
    We advise Landlords and represent them when it comes time to ensure that their real estate holdings are protected 100%. We can handle your unlawful detainer needs and your tenant negotiations.

    19 years

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    We can assist you with conservatorship and other litigation needs that you may have.

    22 years

  5. Guardianship
    We can assist you with conservatorship and other litigation needs that you may have.

Cristi focuses her practices in the areas of conservatorships, trust litigation, probate litigation, landlord/tenant, and general civil litigation.  Known for her strong client service skills, the clarity of her advice and straightforward legal approach, Cristi’s clients find it easy to work through and understand the legal process.  Cristi is the former President of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, former Vice President of the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation, former affiliate governor to the Board of California Women Lawyers, and former board member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Cristi is a past president and board member of the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center and former board member of Women’s Economic Ventures.  Cristi received her law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law in 2001 and was then admitted to practice law in the State of California.  She was also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, United States Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  Cristi is a member of the State Bar of California, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers and California Women Lawyers.


Law Office of Cristi Michelon Vasquez
132 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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Posted by Roberta | April 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
My Mother passed on December 25th 2020. Property was in a Family Trust in which one sibling still remained in the home and refused to leave. When all attorneys said no its too risky and they didnt want get involved with a Family Trust situation or failed to evict my sister during COVID Moratorium Cristi was the only that said yes I can do this. She is confident by nature, intelligent and courageous to say the least. She didn't just evict my Sister successfully but was our Families way of communicating because at this point the whole family wanted to contest my Father's Trust that was in effect for 25 years. As difficult as the situation became She remained calm but most of all compassionate for the loss of my Mother and the divided family we've became. She gave me peace of mind when all I could do is cry in what I thought was a hopeless situation. I could not pay her enough for the peace I have now; her work and dedication is simply priceless. Roberta Martinez Executor
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2022
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Blessed by your service...
I have been a property manager for 15 years in the Santa Barbara Montecito area. The quality of service and expeditious care my company was provide is second to none! I am most grateful for the teamwork Cristi's office deployed in handling my requests. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you:)
Posted by Linda | November 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible experience! Extremely professional!
Cristi Michelon Vasquez helped me with a very difficult situation regarding a tenant eviction. Risa, Cristi, and Jordan were a dream to work with! They are professional, responsive, and supportive. I couldn't recommend hiring them enough. Look no further than Cristi Michelon Vasquez!
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
An excellent experience
My family contacted Cristi Michelon Vasquez as an unlawful detainer attorney to help us secure our property as we had to put it up for sale. From the very first contact with her paralegal, Risa, I knew we were in excellent hands. Our situation was protracted and difficult, but Risa was able to ally our concerns and reassure us that the eviction process would work out. She was available almost daily to answer our questions and emails and explain the protocol every step of the way. I felt calmed and at peace knowing that we'd made the absolutely right decision in hiring Kristi and her support staff.
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Posted by Jim | June 14, 2021
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Public guardianship of tenant's possessions
I needed help resolving a deceased tenant's possessions. Cristi gave me the guidance to deal with the public Guardian to resolve the situation. She gave me clear information and directions. Her office followed up quickly, and correctly answered all my questions I was very pleased and will recommend the office of Cristi Michelon Vasquez to my landlord friends. Jim Chachakos
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Posted by L.O. | February 23, 2020
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I sought The Law Office of Cristi Michelon Vasquez for a second opinion on a probate matter with an opportunity for the office to proceed with the case. She was professional and prompt with meetings. She provided an honest analysis of the documents in a timely manner which also resulted in a halt of the case. Had I proceeded, it could have cost thousands of dollars and years to complete. I appreciated her candor and thoroughness. If you want a lawyer with integrity, honesty and professionalism, then contact the Law Office of Cristi Michelon Vasquez.
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Posted by Ashley | March 19, 2019
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Stop looking. Just hire her.
I can’t say enough about how tenacious, brilliant, and kind Cristi is. While I hope to never be in a similar situation where her resources are needed, I would go to her again in a heartbeat. I was in a very difficult conservatorship fight for my mother that sounded like something out of a lifetime movie. My family called over 20 lawyers and no one would take our case. It was complex and to be honest, made us sound a bit crazy. Cristi was the only one who took the time to listen and take us seriously. She was quick to answer questions, tactful in her approach, and gracefully aggressive in her successful fight for us. She is well respected in her field and as a result, knows just who to talk to for any detail outside of her direct scope. Her team is fantastic as well!
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Posted by Darlene | January 15, 2019
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Looking for a dream attorney? Look No Further!
My blind twin sister and I highly recommend the Law Office of Cristi Mechelon Vasquez. Cristi and her paralegal Risa did extensive pro bono work on our behalf in a property and civil matter. If you are trying to find a compassionate, reputable, competent, trust worthy attorney who pays attention to detail and always has your best interest at heart, we’d highly recommend Cristi. Her office communicates in a timely matter and they always answered our questions promptly. Cristi and her team were always courteous, empathetic, respectful and explained issues and our best options thoroughly. The Law Office of Cristi Mechelon Vasquez made a very difficult situation for us into something very manageable and we wouldn't have known what to do without her law office. Cristi and Risa faced some pretty scary adversaries and handled them fiercely and with grace coming out victorious. She and Risa are real life-savers and are exceptional humans. Because of her and her team, our health and property are no longer at risk and our lives are growing brighter by the day. We couldn’t thank this law office enough. Her office is comfortable and located conveniently near the courthouse in downtown Santa Barbara. If you’re looking for a dream law office, look no further—you’ve found it.
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Posted by Barbara | June 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
So grateful for all your help in getting us through this nightmare. The care and sensitivity in which you handled everything was professional and much appreciated.
Posted by Susan | January 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
This attorney is amazing. Got us in on short notice, was very accommodating, friendly, professional, compassionate, patient. It felt like a load was lifted off my shoulders! She knew intuitively how to deal with a hard of hearing 94 year old. Did an amazing job representing him in a hearing that was last minute. We will definitely continue to retain her for all issues we have in her area of practice. If you need a lawyer, put her in the top of the list to contact!
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Posted by Jessica | November 22, 2011
Very pleased with Cristi
I have both hired and referred Crisiti. I am pleased to say that in every case with Cristi the results were better than anticipated. Cristi is a true expert in her field. Cristi is a very clear communicator, excellent with follow-up and above all very passionate about her career and clients. I highly recommend her without reservation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Cristi Michelon Vasquez
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Litigation Firm in Santa Barbara
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Litigation Firm in Santa Barbara
  • 2000 - 2005


  • Santa Barbara COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
  • Past President
  • 2008 - Present
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Past Delegate
  • 2005 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
  • Past President
  • 2001 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation
  • Past Vice President
  • 2001 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Previous Board Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Central Coast Business Times
  • 2008


  • Santa Barbara Lawyer
  • Various - Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Endorse Cristi
Trusts Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cristi is a skilled trust litigator. She has that rare combination of exceptional litigation skill and compassion for clients that makes her an exceptional advocate."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cristi Michelon Vasquez for almost 20 years. I know her be a fierce advocate for her clients as I have collaborated with her on a number of cases over the years. She always puts the interest of her clients first and fights hard for them. She is holistic in her approach, never missing a beat. I recommend her for hire."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cristi is one of the most practical attorneys I know. She knows how to resolve disputes. She is intelligent and always has her client's best interests in mind. I enjoy working with her, even if we are on opposing sides."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cristi is an extremely diligent and hard-working attorney. I am working with her on a civil litigation matter, and she is intelligent and strategic in all phases."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cristi Michelon is an exceptional lawyer. I have referred numerous clients to her to handle trust matters as well as landlord tenant issues. The response from these clients has been extraordinarily positive. She is trustworthy and works incredible hard for each and every client."
Trusts Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Cristi on an estate litigation matter and we also served on a non-profit board together. She is my go-to litigator in the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo area as she works efficiently and effectively."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with and against Cristi on various matters, and highly recommend her to clients in need of her legal advice."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Cristi for several years and have been impressed by her leadership, legal ability and business savvy. She has been recognized as one of the Rising Stars in the legal community. I work for a larger firm and recently referred a trust litigation matter to her. She is doing a fantastic job on the case and I am confident that we will be sending more cases her way. An enthusiastic two thumbs up."
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Santa Barbara Probate Lawyer Cristi Michelon Vasquez
Cristi Michelon Vasquez
Probate Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 22 years