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Christopher Schneider is one of the founding partners of Dorband & Schneider. He passed the California Bar Exam in 2008 and has been practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning and taxation. 


Chris was born and raised in the East Bay, graduated from Acalanes High School in 1999 and completed his Bachelor’s from St. Mary’s College in 2003. After graduation he worked for Scott Valley Bank in Walnut Creek as a credit analyst while completing his MBA in finance at St. Mary’s. 


Chris attended law school at Golden Gate University where he concentrated in the area of taxation. In 2010, he completed his Masters of Law degree in Taxation. He is one of only 6 attorneys in Contra Costa County that is a certified specialist in Estate Planning and Taxation. Chris is an avid landscape photographer as well as a licensed private pilot.


Today, most of Chris' time outside the office is spent with his wife Jennifer, his son Joseph and daughter Jacqueline. 


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 80%
    8 years
  2. Tax: 20%
    8 years



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

1280 Civic Drive, Suite 105
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
WitkinGolden Gate University2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDorband & Schneider, LLP2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Estate Planning Council of Diablo ValleyMember2012 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trust SettlementSettlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2010
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
St Mary's College of CaliforniaFinanceMBA2005
St Mary's College of CaliforniaFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Test Taking StrategiesEstate Planning Specialist Exam2015