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Christie Bara Mitchell-Guttman

Family Attorney at Fair Oaks, CA

4.5   17 reviews

also known as Christie B Mitchell

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2011

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details

About Christie

Learn Christie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%

    22 years, 80 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%

    22 years, 400 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    20%

    200 cases

  4. Family
    20%

    22 years, 400 cases

  5. Child support
    15%

    200 cases

  6. Tax
    5%

    100 cases

I attended Sac State and received my law degree from Lincoln Law School which I paid for by working as a Correctional Officer at Mule Creek State Prison.  I also worked for the Franchise Tax Board and passed the bar exam in 1998 while there.  I went into private practice in 2002 with my primary focus being family law.  I have successfully defended several decisions on appeal with the most recent being published on request of a domestic violence organization.  Being a victim of domestic violence myself, I am a very strong advocate for clients and their children who have or are suffering abuse at the hands of another.

I enjoy local travel to ghost and gold mining towns in the Sierra's, both California and Nevada and also enjoy the occasional stop at some of the local winery's found in the Sierra foothills.  I am also a huge fan of our beautiful California coastline and travel to favorite destinations up and down through coastal city's and communities any chance I get.  I am married with two wonderful children and a loving husband to share my life with.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017,2016
Client's Choice
2017 2016

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kimberly | July 21, 2023
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You need her for your kids
Christie has single handled made it so my kids are not put through any more trauma by their maternal grandmother or father . Her skills as an attorney can’t be matched. I haven’t ever seen anyone be able to walk into a court room and make sure everything that you asked for happens. My children have been through countless years of damage at the hands of my ex-husband and without Christie I would never have gotten my children to where they are now safe, secure, and only with me they see their father only twice a month versus him keeping them all weekend. My prior attorney was unable to do anything over 2 1/2 years and Christie did everything in nine months. She won’t take you as a client if you lie and I’ve come across a lot of attorneys she isn’t there for your money she’s there for your kids only
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Posted by Christopher | June 15, 2018
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Christie Mitchell
Christie Mitchell was referred to me by a very close friend after I had struggled with my attorneys, who was running up my bill at every opportunity. I found her and her office staff to be very professional and thorough. She stayed by my side, and was cost effective for me, and, gave me concise answers and direction. Christie picked up my case, and quickly took action. Christie was honest and told me what I needed to hear and explained the law to me. I appreciated that so very much and found it so refreshing. My decision from the courts was better than I had anticipated, and the decision was exactly along the lines that I had requested. If I remarry I will definitely higher Christie’s office to do my prenuptial agreement, to better protect myself from the situation that I got myself in to. I want to and thank Christie Mitchell and her staff. I will be recommending you to everyone that is in need of your services. They will be lucky to have Christie as their lawyer.
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Posted by Richard | March 6, 2017
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5 star
I would highly recommend christie .Christie helped my wife and I get custody of my son and my wife adopting my son.She was very helpful in the 2 plus year long battle,even reducing our fees because opposing party made life difficult with countless paperwork filed against us.
Posted by Nichole | February 14, 2017
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So thankful for Christie's expertise!
Christie Mitchell was referred to us by a very close friend after we had struggled with a few attorneys in the past. Our situation has been ongoing for over 15 years and we are well versed in the tumultuous family court system. We met with Christie back in 2013 to review our current situation and discuss the past details of our case. She reviewed the case information carefully, asked the right questions, and provided clear and concise recommendations. She provided us her opinion on how likely certain outcomes would be, no sugar coating, no fluff. If she didn't believe the case direction had a good chance of prevail, she explained why and steered us in another direction. In our case, the opposing lawyer wrote pages upon pages of fluffy opinion that in the end meant very little in the courtroom (and actually cost the other party quite a bit), while Christie wrote crisp statements with the facts that drove home the point. The opposing council filed multiple motions over and over when not obtaining the outcome that favored them and Christie was amazing at pointing this behavior out to the court with a positive outcome. She is well known in the industry and has spent enough time in the courtroom to understand each judges personalities. We have just closed out our 4 year saga and were very thankful to have Christie as our attorney along the way.
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Posted by Tony P. | January 11, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney
Christie took my fathers very complicated case several years ago. In the end, my father ended up with the house and his ex looked terrible in Court. She is very knowledgable, worked with my father to pay his legal fees on his limited income, and was very professional. Top notch attorney......... Was very upfront regarding her discipline from the state bar. Would not hesitate to use her myself... which I may. :)
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Posted by Doug Kelley | January 10, 2017
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Hands Down Best Family Law Attorney Anywhere!!!
After getting hosed by a large law firm (who the lead attorney is now in jail ) Christie took the case. Not only did she charge very little but she performed well beyond our expectations. Since then we have referred her to several others and all have been super happy.
Posted by Marianne | January 10, 2017
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Excellent Attorney - Highly Reccomend Her
I hired Christie on two different legal issues. I found her and her office staff to be very professional. Christie is so educated and versed in Law, and she is brilliant in the courtroom. Christie was always quick to respond to any question or concerns that I had. She was absolutely instrumental in making certain that in both cases that it ended in a positive outcomes. Christie and her staff will go far and above what you can ever expect. Always keeping me abreast of status. In both cases I knew I was in the best of hands and had the best representation. I found her not only to be sharp, and strategist but also a person that truly cares about her clients. She is plain and simply REMARKABLE! I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2017
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Christie Bara Mitchell-Guttman
I was referred to Christie Mitchell by a friend in 2012 and had seen her in court prior to that. During our consultation she advised me on what to do but was honest in saying I didn't need to hire her at that point. Once my case got more complicated I went ahead and hired her for peace of mind and her expertise. She has been by my side and has been a great support, resource, and attorney since I hired her. I had a different attorney prior to Christie that was good but seemed to be more interested in charging me rather than doing what was best for my kids and myself. Christie is more interested in doing what's best and cost effective for her clients. I have had to deal with multiple mediations and court hearings since 2012 but only due to the other party and the court system. I will be going back to court again soon, hopefully for the last time but I am secure and confident since Christie will be by my side.
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Posted by Chris | December 24, 2016
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Excellent attorney puts the child first
I recently hired Christie. I've been in a terrible divorce battle for 6 years. My first attorney was the most inept attorney you could imagine and created a black hole for me I've been having to deal with. My last attorney came down with cancer right before a court date and had to remove herself immediately from the case and recommended Christie. She heard my story and gave me conscice answers and direction. She quickly took action and its been so refreshing. I finally feel there's light at the end of the tunnel. She is truly working in my son's best interest, not mine or his mother's. I'm retired after 25 years in law enforcement. Seeing Christie work is like working with a prosecutor that knows the law and how to put evidence together to get the right outcome.
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Posted by Sabrina | December 20, 2016
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Best Family Attorney in Sacramento
I was referred to Christie Mitchell after paying a lawyer $15,000 and not having him resolve any issues for me. Christie picked up the ball and ran with it in minimal time. She is reasonably priced, ethical and gets issues resolved in the utmost professional manner. Christie is very honest about how she feels the outcome will play out and therefore it allows for reassurance and preparedness when appearing in court. I have referred many friends to Christie, all of whom have been beyond pleased with the services she provided and the outcome of their case. In fact, they too have referred their acquaintances to Christie also. Christie is well liked and respected within the Sacramento court system and it is apparent when she goes in front of the judge. If you are looking for a professional, honest, knowledgeable and reasonably priced family lawyer.......call Christie Mitchell, you will be pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by Verda | December 19, 2016
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Best Lawyer! Christie was truly my blessing!
I will always recommend Christie to anyone I know because she is very knowledgeable about family law. Christie took the time to get to know me and why I was fighting for my daughter's rights. I had a lawyer before her that was always telling me "no that won't work" not Christie. She was honest and told me what I needed to hear and not sugar coat it and explained to me what the law was and not beat around the bush. I so appreciated that. I always knew where I stood with her prior to going into court and I was so well informed by Christie. I consider Christie my friend not just my lawyer she made me feel like I was family and that is what I needed during my child custody hearings. Anyone will be lucky to have her as their lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2016
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Shelly from Roseville
The most amazing attorney!!! Was there doing exactly what a superior attorney would do for a client. I went through a divorce and without Christie's knowledge and expertise it would have been so much worse. Her knowledge of the law and the courts and legal system has her hands down ahead of the rest of the attorneys I spoke to before hiring Christie!! Her representation through out the entire process was OUTSTANDING!!! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a pit-bull who will protect them to the end!!!
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Posted by Jeremy | December 19, 2016
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The best family law attourey period.
Christie handled my dissolution of marriage along with custody issues with the kids. She was honest from the start gave no false ideas as to what was going to happen. She handled the process quickly and inexpensively compared to my previous attorney. Unfortunately in any divorce you do not always get what you hope for. I appreciated her honesty in explaining the process along with what is achievable and what was not. I've recommended her to many of my friends. And unfortunately have also seen one of my friends with an attorney going up against her. That's a predicament you do not want to be in. I'm so thankful she was ony team.
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Posted by Johna | December 17, 2016
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Christie is very responsive, accessible with a great knowledge base
I met Christie Mitchell when she helped a friend with his divorce. I then had friends needing help with child custody and referred them to her. We needed Christie's advice on a tax matter, from the beginning I was very pleased with her ability to describe our legal situation and outline plans for our case. Christie was always patient and there with great advice. She has a great knowledge of the tax laws and what the best options are in many situations. She has a great knowledge of the system and what needs to be done when to expedite the case when it can be so done. With her expertise and experience we were able to get a decision from the courts that was better than we had anticipated. She was able to keep us on track from offering any more than we had to and then was able to get the decision exactly along the lines that we had requested. Christie is very responsive and accessible, and that is important to me. She is highly principled in all she does. We are thankful for her sound legal counsel and problem solving abilities. Great job on her part!
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Posted by Laura and Amber | December 16, 2016
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The only attorney you will ever need!
Christie Mitchell is the most amazing attorney out there! She knows the law extremely well ! Her staff is very professional and thorough. Prior to hiring Christie, my partner and my myself met with several attorneys and all of them seemed disconnected with our case, but all were very willing to take our money of course. When we hired Christie she knew our case was going to be a difficult one but did not turn it down , she took it on with everything she had. Our case was one that emotionality crippled my self and my partner. While Christie was caring and supportive, she was also very straight forward. She told us what we needed to hear not what we wanted to hear. I can literally say she has saved our lives ! Not only do we now have the best attorney in the world, but we have a new forever friend! Thanks Christie Mitchell and staff!!!!! We will be recommending you to everyone!
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Posted by William | January 3, 2022
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Lack of integrity
Christie has a problem with her fiduciary responsibilities to her clients. After her secretary sent the wrong case number to the 3rd party Moon Swartz & Madden, to service QUDRO, she threatened to terminate me after I discovered this error. Then told me I would have to pay 1/2 the cost of this service ($1250) after she told petitioner she must pay entire cost ($2750). Later I had to contact MSM about the over payment which they returned to petitioner. While this was happening she moved from Fair Oaks Blvd to Sunrise blvd and I was told the QUDRO documents were sent to spam folder mistakenly which was unusual because she has a dedicated AT&T account to service her business and it delayed process for over 4 months No apology, no communication and lack of integrity. She is arrogant, unprofessional and sent me a bill for $1807+interest like she thinks she’s a bank. She sent me a cease and desist email when I asked about the length of time my divorce was taking (over 2 years) Be careful of her she has a problem with the hypocritical oath of representation of her clients.
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Posted by Zoey | October 22, 2018
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A terrible experience
I hired Ms. Mitchell to complete a custody divorce case for me. I was extremely unhappy with her work ethic and lack of attention to detail. I had to hire another attorney to fix what she had done and not done. I had to file a complaint with the State Bar of California. After paying thousands of dollars to both attorneys I am still legally married and custody is now back to where it started before hiring her.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Discipline with Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2011
updated on 01/20/2016

This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Christie Mitchell
  • 1998 - Present
  • Tax Counsel
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Graduate Legal Associate
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Correctional Officer
  • State of California
  • 1991 - 1997
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Education

  • Lincoln Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Evergreen Valley College
  • AS - Associate of Science
  • 1988

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Domestic Violence Training
  • Amador County Bar Association
  • 2015

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Christie Bara Mitchell-Guttman
Family Attorney
Fair Oaks, CA
Licensed for 25 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details