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Christopher Carle Kingsley Parkhurst

DUI and DWI Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   38 reviews

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I have successfully assisted and represented hundreds of clients in more than 32 California counties counties on charges ranging from DUIs to serious strike felonies, and everything in between.

    18 years, 900 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%

    18 years, 400 cases

     Hello. I am Chris Parkhurst. Choosing a criminal defense attorney can be difficult and stressful. My goal is to make you comfortable, and explain your options at no obligation. I am currently accepting new clients who need help from a skilled criminal defense attorney.

     I focus on criminal defense because I love to help people who are down on their luck. Moreover, the power the police and the district attorneys have can be frightening.  I believe it is important to have checks and balances in the system.  

      I have developed a sterling reputation in the Sacramento courts and surrounding areas.  My clients appreciate the personalized service I provide as part of my criminal defense representation.  Very few other attorneys work as closely with their clients as I do. Further I am one of a select few criminal defense attorneys in the Sacramento Area to have received the coveted Martindale- Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 designation.  This is Martindale-Hubell's most prestigious award reserved for the very best attorneys in their field of practice. I was also awarded the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  

    I serve Sacramento and other Northern California locations, from the Bay Area to the Sierras.  I am proud to have helped hundreds of clients achieve successful resolutions in difficult circumstances and I will put my criminal defense experience to work for you for at a very affordable fee. 

      I am a skilled negotiatior and proven trial attorney.  Some of my more recent trials have been covered by the media and links to these articles can be found on my website. 

     Good luck. Please call   to set up a free and confidential consultation. Thank you for viewing my profile. 

 

 

 

 

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Licensed for 23 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 12/07/2022

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

Contact Christopher

Law Offices of Christopher Parkhurst
1007 7th Street
Suite 302
Sacramento, CA, 95814
The Law Office of Christopher Parkhurst
3017 Douglas Blvd. #300
Roseville, CA, 95661
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Demi | February 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rob Ward at the Law Offices of Chris Parkhurst, ty!
**Just in case he doesn't review his AVVO ratings** Rob is genuinely interested in helping others better their situations. He understands not everyone has a lot of money and he is very compassionate in this understanding. He has been thorough and respectful while assisting me with information from court and everything I needed to be getting done for follow-ups. Even Chris Parkhurst said he deserved all the praise for my case in a reply to my Google review so I thought I'd review him personally. Thank you so much Rob!!! The work you have done for me has helped to further my growth after sobriety. A possible three felonies, two of which were strikes, and a misdemeanor brought about by a brief period of grief after my best friend committed suicide. This could have ruined my chances at a good future but alas I am walking away with one minor misdemeanor and no jail time with hope for the future. This is what you gave me instead. Thank you so much Rob!!! You're the best.
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Posted by Dianne | January 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dropped
Called several places yesterday in a panic state of mind. Talked with Kit at Christopher Parkhurst Law office He was so helpful, reassuring and pleasant to talk to, we decided to hire him. My son was due to be arraigned today at 1:30 but Kit called us at 11:00 with good news, he had already gotten the DA to drop the case and we didn't have to go to court! It was for two felonies. A heavy load was taken off my shoulders and Kit positively changed my son's life. i feel like we made a friend for life. Can't go wrong with this law firm.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply Amazing!!
I cannot say enough about Chris and Kit. Both very skilled and professional attorneys. They came highly recommended, and they absolutely delivered. They were able to resolve my case extremely quickly and achieved results better than I even thought were possible. 1000% would recommend them to anyone who needs an attorney. Simply amazing!
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING
I was very careful & due diligent when looking for my first lawyer... well I made the best choice! I had two felonies on my record, it took a couple months since the courts kept rescheduling, but it happened! They did it! I am eternally grateful for Chris & Aaron's help, communication & exceptional customer service, not only do you get an amazing lawyer, but you get the whole package. I had two felonies caused by my drug abuse in the passed which have been holding me back since, I will add the fact that I have turned my life around and haven't used drugs since. Mr. Parkhurst has just made my world a new one filled with opportunities & an even better future. Thank you!
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Posted by Sherri | November 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed
What am I thankful for today this Thanksgiving 2019? Kit, Rob, and Aaron in Sacramento ... their belief in me, availability, and persistence in the courtroom saved me from jail and three years of harassment from law enforcement. Case dismissed
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He Loves to Help!
I came to Mr. Parkhurst about a year ago, I was in a tough spot. Christopher took the time to listen to me and ask the right questions to understand what I really needed. He was very helpful through the whole process. I consider him a champion of justice!
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Favorable Outcome
Chris Parkhurst's Law Office + team were exceptional in getting a favorable outcome for me. I hired them for an expungement process, and they practically did everything for me. Prices are exceptionally reasonable as I got a few quotes and this was on the more lower end. There were times were I questioned if they were working on my case due to lack of contact or updates- but rest assure that they are working hard. If I ever needed reassurance or an update, I would send an email and receive a quick response.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Being arrested for DUI is not an experience I recommend. Within days I was bombarded with letters from attorneys employing scare tactics. Keeping all of this as confidential as possible for personal and professional reasons was important to me along with a results oriented attorney. I did my research and made a few phone calls and felt confident in my decision to hire Chris Parkhurst's firm. They assured me that I could continue to drive after requesting a DMV hearing on my behalf. They also attended all of my court dates on my behalf and I did not need to physically attend. In addition, I happened to get the toughest DA assigned to my case. Chris's team is the hardest working firm I've encountered. They coached and consulted me through the entire process. Attorney Scoffeld was great to work with. We won the DMV hearing first (suspension set aside). They uncovered some strong evidence that should have gotten a dismissal at the hearings but the DA chose to ignore. Eventually, the DA, after reviewing a very convincing argument, agreed to dismiss the case before it got to trial. The level of commitment, service, and value I received far exceeded the amount I paid. In my opinion, it was priceless.
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Posted by Roseanna | May 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the FInest Attorneys I know!
If you’re looking for an attorney who is truly exceptional at what he does and is unique in his own right and someone you can trust, depend upon, rely on to get you through your difficult situation, then look no further because Chris Parkhurst is your man. If Chris agrees to take on your case, be grateful and know that he will fight for you and do everything in his power to help you prevail. He helped me and my son during one of the toughest times of our lives and he came through for us victorious! My son's case was bleak and Chris stepped in and took over and shed light when there was none. A grave injustice was done to my son; however, Chris was able to rectify the situation and for that I will always be extremely grateful and indebted to him. He is truly one of a kind and there's really no words that can express my gratitude to this man for helping me and my son. Chris is truly gifted at what he does and to watch him in action is quite a site. Chris is a good man, superb attorney, and if you’re lucky enough to get him to represent you, rest assured that you’re in good hands (-= Good luck to you and if you’re considering hiring Chris...don't just do it - not to is a mistake. Chris is one of the finest men and attorney's I know and I'm truly blessed to know him. God Bless. Roseanna
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Posted by Pradeep | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Misdemeanor & Drinking in public place charge
I am an Indian, Got misdemeanor charge due to drinking in my parked car in front of my apartment on one sad day. This is first such incident in my life. After talking with Chris & Steve i got full confidence that my case is not even belongs to misdemeanor nor it's a public place. The fee they charge is reasonable as compared to other lawyers and prompt response made a foreigner like me as very happy & i finally i became fan of Chris & Steve. They are very professional & intelligent attorneys. What happened at last ? Case got dismissed after attending two DEJ classes. Thanks Chris & Steve for your service.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best criminal defense lawyer in Sacramento county.
Mr. Parkhurst is an exceptional lawyer who got my case dismissed right away. I came to him feeling as if I was stuck between a hard spot and a rock. Mr. Parkhurst reassured me he would do his best to defend me, and I walked out of the courtroom with a dismissed case! I would highly recommend Chris Parkhurst to any and all people in need of a criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
He or his partners were there for my threw out the whole process. My case was dismissed and I couldn't been happier. He answered all my questions and appeared on court 6 times for me. Would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hope
"Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity." And Chris did just that. I got myself into some trouble a couple years ago and made the biggest mistake of my life. I initially had a different lawyer and the last time I appeared in court, they had sent someone else without my knowledge. So there I was, confused and embarrassed.... with a person I've never met, representing me. At that moment I decided I needed to find another lawyer. Stumbled across Chris on Yelp and showed up at his office shortly after contacting him. He was very understanding and seemed like he genuinely cared, which is very important to me. I can't trust someone who I feel doesn't. He also clearly explained everything. To add on, he's also very affordable. I received great news recently and it's all thanks to him. Words can't express how grateful I am. I've been extremely stressed out because my situation was creating so many problems with my career and now it's finally getting better. Thanks, Chris! For giving me another chance.
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Posted by Wayne | October 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding! He is a Great Attorney!
I would like to thank Mr Parkhurst and Mr Scoffeld very much! I had a DUI in Placer County and at first hired another attorney who promised everything but was a slacker! He did not return phone calls or emails! Then I fired him after he didn't even show up for my DMV hearing. Then I found Mr Parkhurst. He treated me very good and even gave me sound advice about the SR 22 Ins company. It seemed money was never his big motivator. That was such a nice feeling! Always had time to answer my questions and do the best for me! I really got a good deal with the DA considering my. ,017. I got time served and didn't have to do any jail or house arrest!!! Thanks so much Mr Parkhurst and Mr Scoffeld!!! You are the best!!! I highly recommend them to you without reservation! Thanks again!!!
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Posted by Britt | August 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Dismissed!!
We had a very serious case and entrusted The Parkhurst Law Firm to deal with it. I cannot tell you how amazing the experience was from beginning to end they handled ever aspect of the case. They actually over delivered in all aspects of the process making it not only easy, but had the case dismissed entirely! I would highly recommend The Parkhurst Law Firm and we owe them a tremendous thank you!!!!
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Posted by Mike | March 20, 2015
A great experience in difficult times
I could not have picked a better attorney. Chris was up front from the beginning and very knowledgable. he worked hard on my case and went above and beond my expectaions. He put his personal attention to my case and the end result was a dimissal ! :)) I highly recommend hiring chris.
Posted by Joseph | March 17, 2015
3rd DUI
If the first or second DUI was not stressful enough. We found ourselves facing a 3rd. First instinct was to find an attorney given we only had 10 days to schedule the DMV hearing and to find out what was to come with this third offence. Being out of county we had to find an attorney in the county the 3 rd DUI was received in I immediately took to the internet to find an attorney. I left several messages for Attorneys to call me back and heard from not one but two from the Parkhurst Law Group Kit and Chris Kingley almost immediately. From that initial phone call to the end of my case I can say every time I called I received an immediate call back. Chris took the time to explain the legal process to me until I understood it and always made himself available to me. He resolved my case quickly and got me the best outcome based on my personnel case. His down to earth personality made the experience less intimidating and would highly recommend him to anyone
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2015
Life savers
Chris Parkhurst and Kit Westbrook were unbelievably professional, confident, and reassuring in the entire process of them resolving my issue. I was falsely accused of a serious crime that would have had a major impact on not only my occupation, but my life as well. I was very worried about the allegations and started calling lawyers immediately. Kit and Chris took time out of their day to advise me on what I should do even before I hired them. Once I hired them, they were great about keeping me informed on the status of the case and everything they were doing for me to resolve it before it would even go to trial. It took roughly 30 days and they contacted me letting me know that the case wouldn't even be going to trial! Thanks guys, you really did make a huge difference and thank you for protecting my rights, it was a stressful month but I'm glad it's over. I'll mail yall a bottle of authentic Italian wine haha **** I would recommend these guys to anyone who needs legal representation... Their prices are very reasonable and you can tell that they really do care.
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Posted by jennf916916 | February 12, 2015
Christopher Parkhurst is AMAZING!
A few months ago I found out that I had 7 felony warrants for my arrest. I was terrified. I am a mother of twins and work very hard to support my children. I was so overwhelmed with fear and anxiety over all the what ifs that I could barely bring myself to even call anybody for advice. The first time I called Christopher Parkhurst and Associates, I didn't even want to tell them my name. Every person at the firm that I spoke with was patient, understanding, but most of all knowledgeable about what I was going through. They made me feel comfortable talking to them from day one. They told me what I was facing and what my options were, and kept me informed along the way. I am overjoyed to say that early this week I found out that Chris was able to get the 7 felonies turned into 1 misdemeanor, and that further discussions might be able to get it dismissed completely. The relief and gratitude I feel is beyond words. Chris is so good at what he does! He is well respected in the community and will definitely get you the best results possible for your case. I would strongly recommend Chris to friends, family and anyone who needs representation. Trust me, pick up the phone, call Chris. He will help you feel better and get the BEST possible results for your case, there is no better choice!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2015
Such A Blessing!
I can't be more thankful for Mr Parkhurst and his services. He worked very hard on my case, lowered it from a Felony to a misdemeanor and made sure that I had NO jail time. He is very sincere and he takes time to make sure that his clients are happy with the results. I have never met anyone as hard working as Mr Parkhurst! Definitely recommend him to everyone! You don't need to shop around for lawyers any longer, you have Mr Parkhurst at your rescue. You won't regret having him as your lawyer, take my word for it and give this guy a call. He will make sure things turn out for the better. He is one of the lawyers that I felt like had the most genuine concern for his clients. I shopped around and spoke with so many lawyers, yet when I stumbled upon Mr Parkhursts office, everything seemed clear and made sense. He made me feel safe and took my worries away. I am very very very very thankful!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • The Law Offices Of Christopher Parkhurst
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Imhoff & Associates, PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Christopher Parkhurst
  • 2010 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Earl Carter and Associates
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Louder Law Group
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Senior Analyst
  • Contra Costa County
  • 1999 - 2005
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Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of California Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990
  • University of California - Riverside
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • People v. Dungey
  • DIsmissed
  • State of California v. Wilkinson (2014)
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v. Bisi (2013)
  • Reckless driving misdemeanor
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Associations

  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Founding Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rated Attorney-Drunk Driving Defense
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Rated Attorney -Criminal Law
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Plumas Unified School District
  • 1986
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Publications

  • News & Views
  • Contra Costa County Public Authority
  • 2003
  • News and Views (Newsletter)
  • Contra Costa County Public Authority
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUI In the Classroom
  • DUI Sentencing
  • 2013
  • Discovery and Evidence in the Era of Social Media
  • Obtaining Social Media Discovery and Evidence; and Using it in Court
  • 2011
  • Bidders Conference
  • Request for Proposals
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (40)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Parkhust is an intelligent and dedicated attorney. I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, because he is a natural in front of a jury and he fights for his clients in and out of the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is the rare kind of attorney who truly cares about his clients and the outcomes of his cases. The stories and cases of his clients stay with him long after the case is done and the bill has been paid. If you want an attorney who will work hard for you, believe in you, and care about what happens to you, Chris is an excellent choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. You cannot go wrong by hiring Chris for your criminal defense case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have so much admiration for Chris as both an attorney and as a fine human being. In the past several years I have had a chance to get to know Chris very well and I am so impressed with the criminal defense attorney he has become. Chris has handled hundreds of criminal cases in Sacramento over the past several years, and has taken on and won some very tough trials. Chris has become a real force to be reckoned with for any District Attorney who thinks they can file weak cases and bull doze a defendant. Chris believes in his clients and he will stand up defiantly against the whole world in defense of his clients. You cannot find a better defense attorney in Sacramento than Chris. I should know, I have been around Sacramento for a long time and I know who the good attorneys and the bad attorneys are. Chris has my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chris's superior knowledge and professionalism is only matched by the compassion he has for his clients, A truly gifted attorney and person! If you're looking for the best, call him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher is an excellent attorney and is well-respected in the criminal defense community. Anyone facing incarceration or other harsh criminal penalties would be lucky to have Christopher in his/her corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is definitely an attorney that puts his clients first, above all else. He is skillful and knowledgable. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need a good settlement, Chris has the reputation with DA offices throughout Northern California to start your negotiation on the right foot. He has the legal knowledge to execute that negotiation and get you the best result possible. If you need to go to trial, Chris is a battle tested advocate who will make the DA really uncomfortable and maximize your chance of a not guilty verdict. But what separates Chris from the rest is that he will take the time to understand who you are, your specific needs, and follow through. I have watched Chris go above and beyond for his clients, and he will do that for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a very caring attorney who will go out of his way to help his clients. Chris is very knowledgeable and will fight for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a real people's lawyer. By that, I mean that he is all about serving his client, and protecting their rights. In my experience, money means very little to Chris. He acts out of principle without measuring the cost to himself. Chris is highly intelligent and full of fight. I highly recommend him as a criminal defense or DUI attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Both capable and experienced, Mr. Parkhurst's true skill comes from his honest desire to help his clients through their adversity. For some, advocacy is a mere profession, but to those such as Christopher Parkhurst, it is a duty... One that he performs excellently. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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