Risa S. Christensen

Risa S. Christensen

Senior Associate
Riverside, California
(866) 748-8753
(951) 686-4800
(951) 686-4801
Senior attorney, Risa S. Christensen was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2003.  Since joining Wagner & Pelayes in 2005, her practice has focused on civil litigation with a focus on civil rights.  Risa is well versed in law and motion practice in both federal and state courts.  Her appellate work has been notable in that many of her summary judgment motions have been upheld in the state court of appeal and the 9th circuit.

Prior to joining Wagner & Pelayes, she worked as a Staff Attorney for the California Department of Social Services, where she represented the Department in enforcement actions and administrative hearings to protect clients in day care facilities, foster care, group homes, and other community care facilities.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • California Southern Law School, Riverside, California
    • J.D. - 2003

Honors and Awards

  • VIP Mentor of the Year - San Bernardino County Chapter, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Dept. Social Services, Staff Counsel, 2006 - 2007
  • Dept. Social Services, Staff Counsel, 2003 - 2005