Christie M. Saenz

Christie M. Saenz

Senior Associate Attorney
San Jose, California

Christie Saenz has been practicing family law exclusively since 2010, and has significant experience in all areas of family law.  She is detail-oriented and a skilled negotiator.  Ms. Saenz handles her own cases in all areas of family law, including contested child custody, child and spousal support, and complex high-value division of assets. She is skilled in the preparation and negotiation of premarital and post-marital agreements.  Ms. Saenz is well-versed in utilizing a variety of experts in her family law cases in order to achieve the optimal outcome for her clients, and has notable settlement and trial experience. She is the current chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Domestic Violence Subcommittee, volunteers her time and experience as a settlement Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and was named a 2018 Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star, a recognition that less than 2.5% of attorneys achieve. 

Ms. Saenz is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of California Davis in May 2010.  While in law school, she represented low income clients in family law cases as a certified law student in the highly competitive Family Protection Clinical Program, and received the Pro Bono Representation Award for Outstanding Public Service. She graduated with honors from New York University in 2006 with a B.A. in Politics.

In her spare time, Ms. Saenz enjoys spending time on outdoor adventures, and is an avid CrossFit athlete.  She resides in Livermore wine country with her husband.  You may email her directly at [email protected]

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2010


  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Law Review: Journal of Juvenile Law and Justice, communications editor, 2009 - 2010
  • New York University, New York, New York
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Politics

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2018 Northern California Rising Star, 2018
  • Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Public Service, UC Davis School of Law, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Domestic Violence Committee Chair, 2017 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Executive Committee member, 2017 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section member, 2012 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Ford Family Law Firm, Attorney, 2012
  • Family Violence Law Center, PRO-BONO attorney, 2010 - 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judge Pro Tem Volunteer, Santa Clara County, 2016 - 2018
  • Pro Bono Project Volunteer, 2014 - 2018


  • English (Primary)