619-232-8151 Practicing in San Diego since 1962

Christopher W. Todd


Christopher W. Todd
Peer Review Rated ABOTA
Because of his dedication to his clients, Chris excels in business, real estate, insurance/bad faith, professional malpractice, government entity, and injury disputes in his trial practice.  He has tried and arbitrated more than 90 lawsuits to verdict or resolution.  He is a recognized leader in the community, and served as president of the then 7,500-member San Diego County Bar Association in 2003.  In 2012, he was elected to a seat on the Board of Trustees for the State Bar of California and has concluded his term.  Chris maintains close connections to the local business community and has been an active member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, at one point chairing its Legal Committee.  Chris continuously demonstrates success in the courtroom, in the boardroom and in the community.  He has received the highest AV© Preeminent© rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been elected to the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. 


  • State Bar of California 1986
  • Nevada State Bar 1996 (presently voluntarily inactive)
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California


  • Juris Doctor in 1986, cum laude, California Western School of Law
  • Head Lead Articles Editor, 1985-1986, California Western Law Review
  • Published Notes Author, California Western Law Review
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983 from the University of Southern California, Dean’s List for GPA 3.5 or above 1982, 1983

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • State Bar of California (Board of Trustees 2012-2014)
  • San Diego County Bar Association (Board of Directors 1999-2003; President 2003)
  • San Diego County Bar Foundation (Board of Directors 2000-2006; Vice President 2004-2005)
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors 1996-1998; President 1998)
  • San Diego County Barristers Club (Board of Directors 1991-1992)
  • Pro Tem Judge for the San Diego Superior Court, Small Claims Division and for the San Diego Superior Court Settlement Panel (1992-2012)
  • Arbitrator, San Diego County Bar Association Attorney Client Fee Arbitrations (2003-present)
  • Member, American Inns of Court, William L. Todd, Jr. Chapter (Executive Board 2004-present; President 2007-2009)
  • San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2010-present)


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV©Preeminent© rating (this rating reflects a determination the attorney so recognized has demonstrated the highest legal competence)
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Pro Bono Program, Outstanding Service Award
  • State Bar of California, Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services

Recent Presentations:

  • D-Reptile:  Successful Resolution Using Defense Reptile Strategy.  Public Agency Risk Management Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, February 9, 2015
  • Continuing Care or Carelessness: Legal Aspects of RCFE’s.  William L. Todd, Jr. Inn of Court Monthly Meeting, San Diego, November 19, 2014
  • D-Reptile: Winning Cases Using Defense Reptile Strategy.  County Counsel’s Association of California Bi-Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 6, 2014
  • D-Reptile: Winning Cases Using Defense Reptile Strategy.  Government Defense Attorneys’ Working Group Bi-Annual Meeting, San Diego, February 20, 2014
  • Reptile: How to Approach Plaintiffs’ Latest Jury Manipulation Theory.  Government Defense Attorneys’ Working Group Bi-Annual Meeting, San Diego, October 9, 2013
  • ABOTA Civility Matters.  University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, October 3, 2013
  • ABOTA Civility Matters. California Western School of Law, San Diego, September 20, 2013
  • Squaring the Match: Club Equality in the 21st Century.  Club Managers Association of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, February 25, 2012
  • The Malingering Plaintiff.  San Diego Defense Lawyers Quarterly Meeting, San Diego, July 28, 2011
  • What is Expected of a Vocational Expert When Testifying.  American Board of Vocational Experts Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 27, 2010
  • D-Reptile:  Winning Cases Using Defense Reptile Strategy.  City Attorneys Association of San Diego County, San Diego, June 25, 2015


  • Board of Trustees and General Counsel at First United Methodist Church, San Diego (2003-present)
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce – Chair, Legal Committee; Member – Public Policy Committee, Transportation Committee (2004-2010)
  • Teen Court of San Diego, Inc. (Volunteer 2002-present; Board of Directors  2002-2010; Treasurer 2003-2010)
  • Children at Risk Mock Trial Volunteer, and Volunteer Coordinator (2002-2014)
  • Mock Trial Team Coach, Scripps Ranch High School (2010-present)
  • Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (2011-2014; Secretary 2012-2013)

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