Before joiningReese Kintz Guinasso, Christine Stearnspracticed for seven years in the San Francisco Bay Area where she focused primarily on family law matters, including on high asset financial and real property disputes. Most recently she was a family law attorney with a Peninsula firm where she handled prenuptial agreements, paternity actions, and all aspects of divorce, including support issues (both spousal support and child support), child custody cases and division of property issues Ms. Stearns'training in family law began during law school, when, from 2003 to 2005,Christineserved as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Herbert Barall in the Connecticut Family Court, interned in the family law division of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, and worked for a small Hartford Connecticut firm specializing in family law. Ms. Stearnsreceived her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Davis; and later, in 2006, was awarded a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a member of both the California Bar and theOregon Bar. Most recently, she passed the California Family Law Specialists’ exam.
For Christine, the practice of family law has been much more than a 'day job'. For several years, she actively served as a volunteer with the San Francisco Bar's Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) where she assisted low-income clients with family law matters. She was awarded the Association’s “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award” in both 2011 & 2012. Prior to her family’s move to the Lake Tahoe area, she also served as a regular volunteer arbitrator for the Housing and Homeless Division of the San Francisco Human Services Agency.