Kellie Christianson


  • location icon Orange County, CA
    650 Town Center Drive
    Suite 1400
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Kellie Christianson is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She represents car dealerships and small businesses in all aspects of employment and business litigation, including defending claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, defamation, and unfair business practices. She also counsels clients regarding human resources and employee relations issues. Ms. Christianson has 24 years of experience as a trial attorney. She has obtained numerous successful judgments, binding arbitration awards, and settlements for her clients. She has also successfully represented clients in the Court of Appeal. Additionally, she has represented car dealers in consumer class actions and in 2010, she obtained a $1.5 million judgment in favor of her client against a plaintiff class represented by Rosner Barry & Babbitt, LLP.

Ms. Christianson also represents clients in matters brought by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Opportunity Commission.  

Representative Cases

  • Raceway Ford (2016) CSC case no. S222211. Consumer class action pursuant to Auto Sales Finance Act and Consumer Legal Remedies Act. Unanimous decision for Raceway Ford, overturning Nelson v. Pearson Ford (2012).
  • Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Company (d/b/a Mercedes Benz of Valencia) (2015) CSC case no. S199119. Arbitration agreements with class action waivers. Decision for Valencia Holding Company.
  • Lomeli, et al. v. Arrow Trucking, et al (2015) LASC case no. BC482201. Plaintiffs sued former supervisor for harassment and discrimination based on race, national origin and age. 14 day jury trial, with judgment against plaintiffs.
  • Stone, et al. v. Raceway Ford (2010) RCSC case no. JCCP 4476. Plaintiff classes sued for alleged violations of Auto Sales Finance Act, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Unfair Competition Law, and common law claims. Five-day bench trial, decision in favor of defendant, with $1.5 million judgment against plaintiffs.
  • Dare v. Wondries Toyota (2011) Plaintiff sues for wrongful termination in violation of public policy | whistleblowing. Three-day binding arbitration hearing. Defense award.
  • McBride v. Antioch University (2008) LASC case no. BC367717. Plaintiff, CFO for Antioch University Southern California, sued for breach of contract and gender discrimination, six-day jury trial, defense verdict;.
  • Miranda v. The Helman Group, (2007) VCSC case no. CIV 238656. Plaintiff sued for sexual harassment, wrongful termination, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Nonsuit on sexual harassment claims, wrongful termination verdict in favor of plaintiff, reversed on appeal.
  • Wells v. DCH (2005). Plaintiff sued for sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful termination. One-day hearing, defense award with attorney fees awarded to the defense.
  • Clausing v. North Hollywood Toyota (2004). Plaintiff sued for wrongful termination in violation of public policy (whistle blowing). Nine-day hearing, defense award.
  • Battan v. Hitchcock Automotive Group (2004). Plaintiff sued for race harassment and discrimination. Defense award.

Professional Presentations

  • "Arbitration Update: CFPB Rule-Making and Consumer Arbitration," National Association of Dealer Counsel 2015 Fall Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 2015.
  • "Class Actions and CLRA Claims," Lemon Law Defense Counsel Alliance's 21st Annual Seminar, Torrance, California, July 2013.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California




Member of the National Association of Dealer Counsel from 2010 to present.


Western State University College of Law

Juris Doctor

California State University, Fullerton

Bachelor of Arts

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