Valuation Legal

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

My Practice Areas

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.

Assembly Bill 5 - Contractors

AB 5 presents serious legal issues for AMCs and appraisers. A section of this site is devoted to the subject. Also be sure to check the Valuation Legal Blog for the latest information and webinars about AB 5. Please reach out to me if you need counsel.

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.

Online Course "Appraiser Liability 101"

I offer a 4-hour online course specifically for real estate appraisers and appraisal firms. It's approved for CE credit in CA, OR, WA and HI. (The course will soon be available in many more states from Appraiser eLearning.) Click the icon to learn more.

Valuation Legal Newsletter

My email newsletters go out about once per month with information about upcoming webinars and significant legal developments. Please sign up - so you don't miss out.

Appraiser Law Just for Appraisers

My unique, affordable legal resource specifically for individual California and Washington appraisers is called Appraiser Law. Information about Appraiser Law can be found on my other site

Meet Peter and the team

I am a member of the California and Washington state bars. I earned both my BS and JD at U.C. Berkeley and then practiced law with the national firms of Latham & Watkins LLP and Irell & Manella LLP. I later served as general counsel to the largest provider of professional liability insurance to appraisers and valuation businesses.

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

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 Time

Mail: P.O. Box 5768, Santa Barbara, CA 93150-5768

FedEx: 1470 E. Valley Rd. #5768, Montecito, CA 93108