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Christina knows that preparation, a thoughtful approach, and tenacity are key elements to a successful mediation. As a mediator, Christina adeptly incorporates this groundwork to assist parties in finding open avenues to resolution and settlement.  She is passionate about ADR and the value it brings to a case, and welcomes the opportunity to work with you in your next mediation.


As legal counsel, Christina has represented businesses and individuals in all aspects of construction and commercial claims and litigation. Christina is not only a skilled courtroom litigator, but has significant experience in different types of litigation, including arbitration, administrative hearings, and Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals proceedings. Christina has also argued appeals in both the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Starting in 2006, in conjunction with her litigation practice, Christina began both academic studies and skill training in ADR at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.  Christina is now a candidate to receive a LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution after a few final practicum requirements.  She enjoys her ongoing scholarly pursuits and education in ADR, always updating and applying the valuable skills she gains to her growing mediation and ADR practice.


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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 60%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  3. Construction: 20%

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Contact info

CGN PLLC | Law Office

1455 NW Leary Way
Suite 400
Seattle, WA, 98107


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Higginbotham Fellows ProgramAmerican Arbitration Association2014
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Regional Semi-FinalistNational Appellate Advocacy Competition1998
Regional Oralist AwardNational Appellate Advocacy Competition1998
Gillespie Trial Advocacy ChampionGonzaga University School of Law1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberCGN PLLC | Law Office2011 - Present
PartnerAhlers & Cressman PLLC2007 - 2011
AssociateShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC2001 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Fellows of the American Bar FoundationFellow2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Women in Dispute ResolutionMember2013 - Present
Lawyers Campaign for Equal JusticeVolunteer2013 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattleBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattleMember2007 - Present
American Bar Association, Women in the Profession CommitteeMember2005 - Present
King County Bar AssociationADR Section1999 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationLitigation, ADR and Construction Sections1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationLitigation, ADR and Construction Sections1999 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattlePresident2014 - 2015
Northwest Justice Project Board of DirectorsPresident2013 - 2014
Northwest Justice Project Board of DirectorsPresident2010 - 2012
Northwest Justice ProjectBoard of Directors2005 - 2013
Washington Women Business OwnersBoard of Directors2005 - 2006
Spokane County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionJudicial Theater CLE Chair2000 - 2001
Spokane County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionTrustee1999 - 2001
Gonzaga Law ReviewAssociate Editor1998 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Exterra LLC v. Cle Elum Gateway Property LLC and Corstone Contractors LLC, No. 31751-0-III (Wash. Ct. App. Nov. 20, 2014)Unpublished Opinion
Cochran Electric Co. v. Mahoney, 129 Wn. App. 687 (2005)Published Opinion
McLaughlin v. Sorensen, 126 Wn. App. 1042 (2005)Unpublished Opinion
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Women Lawyers State ReporterLife + Work in the Balance2014
King County Bar BulletinConnecting, Networking, Mentoring MAMAS2014
Litigation News, WSBA Litigation SectionContractual Risk-Shifting: Indemnification Provisions in Construction Contracts2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Pepperdine UniversityEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Pepperdine University School of LawAlternative Dispute ResolutionLL.M - Master of LawsN/A