Gary Christopherson

7540 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, CA 95219
Tel: 209.478.2000
Fax: 209.478.0354


  • Stanford University
  • UCLA School of Law


  • 1970-California
  • 1973-U.S. Court of Military Appeals

Practices Areas

  • Agribusiness Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions and Counseling
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Services
  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Trust Administration

Litigation and Transactional Experience
Mr. Christopherson’s practice is divided between litigation and transactions/counseling, with emphasis in areas described above.  Counsel for numerous high net worth estate planning and trust administration clients.  Litigation throughout numerous Central Valley and foothill counties includes major lender liability claims (representing both banks and borrowers), nuisance/trespass claims (representing governmental entities, poultry processors and growers, and others); environmental impact report litigation concerning San Francisco Airport (representing SFO); claims against real estate licensees (usually representing licensees); wrongful discharge and related employment claims; disputes concerning secured transactions including claims respecting lien priorities; partnership disputes; lease disputes; will contests; trust and probate disputes; and contract disputes.  Lead counsel in multimillion-dollar family corporation dissolution resulting in corporate reorganization and settlement.  Lead counsel in 19 consolidated lawsuits concerning disputes between owners of numerous agribusiness operations.  Counsel in crop insurance disputes.  Co-counsel in defense of class action complaints.  Counsel in numerous multimillion-dollar business and real estate sales and purchases (both stock and asset sales.)  Has represented regional associations of Realtors for over 30 years.  Clients also include local farmers and growers (agricultural law), family businesses, property owners, and developers.  Former Instructor, Legal Aspects of Real Estate, San Joaquin Delta College; Director, Union Safe Deposit Bank, 1998 to 2004; Commissioner, Stockton Port District, 1999 - Present (Chairman, 2002).

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience (Arbitration and Mediation)
Member of American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel since August, 1977.  Member of Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Panel.  Also has served as arbitrator and as mediator by private appointment.  Binding arbitrations heard include construction disputes; multimillion-dollar dispute regarding cannery and trucking partnership; multimillion-dollar dispute regarding division of family-owned real estate development and investment company; crop insurance dispute; various other contract, partnership, lease, agricultural, and fee disputes; and occasional tort claims.  Has also mediated disputes.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training
AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2006; ACE003 - Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosures, San Francisco, 12/04; Arbitrator Update 2003, San Francisco, 12/03; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, San Francisco, 12/02; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, San Francisco, 03/00; AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency and Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, San Francisco, 10/29/13.

Work History
Partner, Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson, 1975 to present; Associate, Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Ford & Norris, 1973-1975; Associate, O’Melveny & Myers, 1969-1973.

Professional Licenses:  Admitted to Bar: California, 1970; U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1973; State of California Community College Instructor Certificate.

Professional Associations: San Joaquin County Bar Association (Past Board of Governors); State Bar of California (Real Property Law Section; Litigation Section; Business Law and Estate Planning Section; Trust and Probate Law Section; Member, Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar, 1976-1978; Member, Agribusiness Committee, 1992-1995); Past Member, International Association of Defense Counsel.

Education:  Stanford University (BA-1966); University of California Los Angeles (JD, Moot Court Honors Program – 1969).

Publications and Speaking Engagements:  CIVIL PROCEDURE DURING TRIAL, vol. 1, 1995; co-author, "Selecting and Seating the Jury," chapter, CIVIL PROCEDURE DURING TRIAL, vol. 1, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1982; "Jury Selection," chapter, TRIAL PRACTICE, California Continuing Education of the Bar; co-author "Jury Section," Chapter in California Continuing Education of the Bar's Trial Practice; CIVIL PROCEDURE DURING TRIAL, VOLUME I, 1995; The Evidence Sections of the Annual Reviews of 2001-2013,  Legislation and Developments, CALIFORNIA LITIGATION REVIEW, Litigation Section of the State Bar; course syllabus for seminar given to real estate appraisers; CEB panelist on Buying & Selling a Business; numerous articles in trade publications of various Realtor associations and other trade groups.