Christina M. Lucio

Christina M. Lucio

San Diego, California
(619) 738-1700
(619) 930-9874

Ms. Lucio is Of Counsel to the firm and represents diverse clients in all phases of litigation. She has represented small and large businesses, as well as individuals, in a variety of cases including class actions, contract disputes, antitrust, banking, intellectual property, construction, real estate, and other matters.

Ms. Lucio has an extensive practice in the area of employment law. She represents employers and employees in employment disputes including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour matters, and trade secret disputes. Ms. Lucio also advises employers regarding various personnel issues, employee handbooks, discipline and termination, and developing policies and procedures to avoid employment claims and litigation.

Ms. Lucio began her career with an international law firm, where she was extensively involved in the firm's litigation and employment practice groups. She continued her work in these practice areas with a premier employment and business litigation boutique firm based in San Diego. In February 2012, Ms. Lucio joined the Law Office of Malte L. L. Farnaes.

Representative Matters

-Extensive experience in defending employers in labor/employment litigation, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage & hour claims.
-Represented lenders and investors in breach of guaranty actions.
-Defended employer in class action involving claims of misclassification in the retail industry.
-Defended consumer goods manufacturer in class action against false advertising and unfair competition claims.
-Defended employer against pregnancy discrimination claim.
-Defended employer in class action against overtime, meal period, and rest break claims in the trucking industry.
-Defended employer in class action against overtime, off the clock, meal period and rest break claims in the retail industry.
-Represented employer in action against former employee to prevent former employee from disclosing employer's trade secrets and proprietary information.
-Represented employee in misclassification and age discrimination action.
-Represented employee in wage and hour/breach of contract action against former employer.
-Defended employer against former employee's claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination.
-Represented residential developer against breach of contract and strict liability claims.
-Represented corporation in defending trademark and in enforcing supplier and manufacturing agreements.
-Represented residential developer in foreclosure actions by various lending institutions.
-Counseled employers and employees on wide-ranging employment issues and drafted related policies.
-Advised employers regarding the protection of trade secrets and confidential information, including with regard to non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
-Audited client workforce to ensure classification of employees in compliance with FLSA and California law.
-Prepared and revised employment handbooks to ensure compliance with California and federal law.
-Drafted employment and independent contractor agreements.
-Represented employers in front of California Dept. of Labor regarding claim of wage & hour law violations.
-Advised employers in connection with Employment Development Department (EDD) audits.
-Defended corporate client in product liability suit.
-Conducted preventative training for employers, including sexual harassment training required by California law.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 2007
    • Honors: Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • University of California, Riverside, California
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2003
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cardiff 101 Main Street, Board Member
  • American Inn of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Sandra S. Ikuta of the Ninth Circuit, Extern
  • Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, Associate
  • Law Office of Malte L. L. Farnaes