Attorney Peter Christensen

My areas of law practice are focused on valuation and insurance.

My Practice Areas

Click the icon to read about the special areas for which I provide legal services. My practices areas are focused on real estate valuation, the operation of valuations firms, and insurance coverage.

Appraiser Liability Courses

I have two online courses for appraisers. One is approved for CE credit in a growing number of states. The other is purely for self-protection. 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.

What's the Statute of Limitations?

What's the statute of limitations for an appraisal negligence claim? That's one of the most common questions I'm asked. The answer depends on your state. Click the icon for a state-by-state chart.

Let's Talk Freely

Want to bounce something off a lawyer who knows the special issues relating to valuation, valuation firms or insurance coverage? I am always happy to talk. Reach to me peter@valuationlegal.com.

Valuation Legal Blog

I use my blog to inform valuation firms of significant new legal developments. Be sure to read my article about appraisers as independent contractors and California's new law AB-5!

Meet Peter and the team

I have been a member of the California bar since 1993. I earned both my BS in business administration and JD at the University of California at Berkeley and then practiced law with the national firms of Latham & Watkins LLP and Irell & Manella LLP. I later served as the general counsel of LIA Administrators & Insurance Services, which specializes in providing liability insurance to appraisers, appraisal management companies and right-of-way service providers. 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

Attorney

California State Bar Member
UC Berkeley, School of Law, JD
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, BS

Cara Christensen

Cara Christensen

Attorney

California State Bar Member
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

peter@valuationlegal.com
805-689-7807
Mon-Fri 8-5 Pacific

1600 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101