Peter Christensen

My law practice is focused on real estate valuation and related services. My clients are valuation firms, technology and appraisal management companies, individual professionals, as well as individual and commercial users of valuation services.

Legal Services

Click the icon to read more about the special areas for which I provide legal services. My practice areas are focused on real estate valuation, mortgage services, and the needs of the firms, companies and individuals who provide or use these services.

Classes and Webinars

I offer live and online courses, as well as free webinars, specifically for real estate appraisers and appraisal firms. Click the icon to learn more.

Risk Management Book

I've written a book about all kinds of liability issues relating to appraisers and appraisal firms. The topics range from negligence to employee non-competes. It's published by the Appraisal Institute.

Legislation and Regulation

I keep track of legislation and regulation in all 50 states in regard to valuation and AMC services. Click the icon to see a small piece of what I do for some clients.

Valuation Legal Newsletter

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Meet Peter and the team

I am a member of the California and Washington state bars. After earning my BS and JD degrees at U.C. Berkeley, I began my career at Latham & Watkins LLP. I later served as general counsel to the largest provider of professional liability insurance to appraisers and valuation businesses. I'm now based in the beautiful community of Montecito, California, but I enjoy traveling the country to meet with professionals and firms, and in my work I've made it to 48 states so far.

I met my spouse Cara in high school, and we completed business and law school together. She's part of the team.

Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen

California State Bar No. 168619
Washington State Bar No. 55884
UC Berkeley, School of Law, JD
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, BS

Cara Christensen

California State Bar No. 167475
UC Berkeley, School of Law, JD
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, BS

Valuation Legal Blog

My most recent articles about legal and regulatory issues affecting valuation firms

Get in touch

Monday to Friday, 8-5 Pacific
Mail: P.O. Box 5768, Montecito, CA 93150-5768
FedEx: 1470 E. Valley Rd. #5768, Montecito, CA 93108