Christian Carrillo

Of Counsel
dba Law Offices of Christian A. Carrillo
Direct: 310-405-5595

Main:  310-373-4445

Christian is a litigator with over 15 years of experience in defending and prosecuting complex matters.  He has handled products liability cases ranging from aviation disputes to consumer products.

Mr. Carrillo has represented owners, contractors, and design professionals in all aspects of construction law.  Mr. Carrillo’s experience ranges from drafting construction contracts, handling bid protests and appeals, to litigating delay claims, public contract code disputes, breaches of contract and construction defect matters.  He also advises clients during projects so that potential liability can be avoided.

His experience also includes litigating matters of fraud, negligence, professional liability, copyright violations, shareholder derivative claims, and class actions. Finally, he provides general counsel representation to various companies, advising them on employment matters and drafting a wide variety of contracts.

Christian has argued before the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District and has submitted briefing to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Christian is a member of the Construction Management Association of America, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the UCLA Alumni Association, and the Northwestern University Alumni Association.  He is also on the Board of Directors for St. Elizabeth’s High School in Oakland, California.

From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Carrillo was a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Oakland, California.  During that time, the Board addressed issues of employment, contracts, immigration, and school closure.  From 2016 to the present, Mr. Carrillo is a member of the Advisory Board for St. Lawrence Elementary and Middle School in Santa Clara, California.  Mr. Carrillo has worked closely with the administration to address on employment, termination, and fundraising matters.


  • J.D., Northwestern University, 2000
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1994, Political Science

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
  • California State Courts

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2000

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Board of Directors – St. Elizabeth’s High School 2015-2016
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • UCLA Alumni Association
  • Northwestern University Alumni Association
  • St. Lawrence Academy Advisory Board, 2016 to the present, Santa Clara, California


  • Southern California Superlawyers Rising Stars (2008-2010)

Publications and Presentations

  • The Legal Impact of Social Media and Electronic Communication on Construction Projects, presented at the CMAA 2017 National Conference & Trade Show, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2017
  • Legalities and Handling of Email and Electronic Communications on a Project; presented at the CMAA 2016 National Conference and Trade Show, San Diego, CA, Oct. 2016.
  • Best Practices: Specifying the Weather – Raining on my Parade or Yours?, co-presented at CMAA 2014 National Conference & Trade Show, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 2014
  • Professional Liability and Construction Managers – A New Class of Professionals and the Liability Issues That Confront Them, co-presented at DRI Professional Liability Seminar, New York, New York, Dec. 2012
  • Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment and Intimidation, training seminar presented to Clark County School District Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 2012
  • Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment and Intimidation, training seminar presented to teachers, deans and administrators at Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 2012
  • Examining the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Jul. 2012
  • A Divided Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act, Jun. 2012
  • Social Media: The Promise and Peril for Your Business and Employees, presented to CMAA Southern California Chapter, Jun. 2012
  • Your Project is in Trouble – Now What?, presented to CMAA Southern California Chapter, Mar. 2012
  • State Justices Impose Protective Duty of Care on School Districts, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Mar. 2012
  • School District Must Answer for Negligent Hiring and Supervision of Predatory Employee, Mar. 2012
  • California Employment Law: Updates & Changes for 2012, co-presented seminar, San Diego, Feb. 2012
  • California Employment Law: Updates & Changes for 2012, co-presented seminar, San Francisco, Feb. 2012
  • The Supreme Court’s Refusal to Hear Cyberbullying Cases Leaves Law Unclear, MPP’s Employment Law Update, Feb. 2012
  • Insurance and Indemnification Law for the Construction Professional, CMAA Southern California Chapter, Nov. 2011
  • Meeting Owners’ Expectations for Construction Managers to Minimize the Risk of  Unanticipated Claims and Litigation, speaker, CMAA 2011 National Conference & Tradeshow, Washington, D.C., Nov. 2011
  • CMAA v. AIA v. ConsensusDOCS: A Comparison of Key Contract Provisions in  Construction Management Contracts, panelist, CMAA 2011 National Conference & Tradeshow, Washington, D.C., Nov. 2011
  • Understanding GINA to Avoid Genetic Testing Discrimination Lawsuits; May 2011
  • Court of Appeal Denies Class Certification, March 2011.
  • Product Substitutions and Performance Specifications: Avoiding Disputes Over Whether the Owner Got What It Paid For, CMAA Forum, Mar. 2011
  • Employer Provided Meal and Rest Time and Duel Penalties, March 2011
  • No Consequential Damages Clauses as a Defense, Relevance, Sept. 2010
  • Avoiding Peril Abroad – Understanding Foreign Contract Law, CMAA Advisor, Jul./Aug. 2010
  • Preventing Third Party Beneficiary Claims, CMAA SC News Summer 2010
  • Limitation of Liability Clauses and Equitable Indemnity Claims, Construction Briefings, Thomson West, co-authored with David L. Brandon, Sept. 2007
  • Preparing for the Architect’s Deposition; Construction Checklists, co-authored with Theodore D. Levin, Fred Wilshusen, et al. ed.s, American Bar Association 2008
  • But For a Motivating Factor:  Confusion over the Causation an Employee Must Show in a Wrongful Termination For Public Policy Action, Employment Newsletter by Morris, Polich, & Purdy, Mar. 2007
  • Through the Looking Glass: Kelo, Eminent Domain, and State  Power, News In Brief by Bell, Rosenberg, & Hughes, Oct. 2006
  • Going for the Green:  The Coming Wave of Green Construction, News In Brief by Bell, Rosenberg, & Hughes, Oct. 2005
  • Public/Private Partnerships:  Delivering Transportation Systems in the 21st Century, News In Brief by Bell, Rosenberg, & Hughes, Feb. 2005
  • Email Regulations, News In Brief by Bell, Rosenberg, & Hughes, Sept. 2002