Christine Tour-Sarkissian

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Christine Tour-Sarkissian

Partner
Location:
San Francisco, California
Phone:
800-591-6542
415-626-7744
Fax:
415-626-8189
Email:

Christine Tour-Sarkissian specializes in real estate law (both transactions and litigation), family law (in which she is certified as a specialist by the California State Bar), and general civil litigation. She has been in practice since 1985, and co-founded Tour-Sarkissian Law Offices, LLP in 1988. Christine attended the Université Francaise de Lyon (1972-1974). She received a B.A. (with honors) in psychology from the University of San Francisco (1980), a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law (1984), and a LLM in Taxation from there (2004). Admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia, Christine is a member of the Real Property and the Real Property Trust and Estate, Family Law Sections of both the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.

Since 1995, Christine has been an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she has taught Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Litigation, Real Property, Real Estate Finance, Commercial Finance and General Civil Litigation Practice. She is co author of California Real Estate Cases 2000, published by California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), and has written numerous articles among them, on Mediation, Elder Abuse and Tenancy In Common Exchanges, in CEB's Real Property Law Reporter. Her real estate clients have included major commercial property owners, tenants, brokers, contractors, lenders and developers, as well as homeowners' associations. She has extensive litigation and transactional experience in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial properties, in the drafting and negotiating of commercial mortgage loans representing borrowers and lenders, in construction contracts and litigation, foreclosures and loan work outs. Christine has been involved in several highly complex real estate transactions as well as real estate litigations. Christine is also a licensed real estate broker and is co-owner and founder of Amicus Realty, which specializes in commercial and residential real estate transactions. She belongs to the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, and is a Member and Candidate to the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

Christine's other major field of practice is family law, where she has the distinction of being a Certified Family Law Specialist. Her practice includes prenuptial agreements, divorce, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, mediation, post-judgment matters and enforcement actions. She also specializes in high conflict cases involving complex business and real estate issues. She also represents clients involved in child kidnapping and child custody disputes both nationally and internationally.

Christine speaks French, Armenian, Arabic, Turkish, and Spanish.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Mediation
  • Post-Judgment Matters
  • Enforcement Actions

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, California State Bar
  • Mediation, San Francisco Bar

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 2005

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • LL.M. - 2004
    • Major: Taxation
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of San Francisco
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Psychology
  • Université Francaise de Lyon - 1974

Published Works

  • Coauthor with Bernhardt’s California Real Estate Cases, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2000
  • Article on Mediation, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, April, 2005
  • Article on Shared Use and Ownership Community/Separate Property, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, January, 2006
  • Article on Section 1031 Exchanges and Tenancy in Common Interests, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, July, 2006
  • Article on Elder Abuse-Three Lessons for Lawyers (Elder Abuse), Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, November, 2008
  • Article on Partition, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, May, 2010
  • Article on Marriage of Fossum, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, March, 2011
  • Article on Marriage of Valli, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, July, 2011
  • When Is An Elder’s Property “Taken”–Bounds v Superior Court, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar, November, 2014

Classes/Seminars

  • Co Author, California Real Estate Cases 2000, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Litigation, Real Property, Real Estate Finance, Commercial Finance and General Civil Litigation Practice, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Lectures to real estate and legal organizations, local and State Bar Associations, Practicing Law Institute, trade organizations and brokers, on issues relating to recent developments in real estate law, purchase and sale, tenancies in common and other co-ownership arrangements, real estate finance, homeowners’ issues, condominium conversion, title insurance and construction law.
  • Lectures to brokers’ associations on different family law issues incident to and related to real estate purchase and sale transactions.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Super Lawyer in Real Estate, Family Law
  • Real Property Law Reporter, California Continuing Education of the Bar, Family Law Editor
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • American Bar Association, Real Property and Family Law Sections
  • State Bar of California, Real Property, Litigation and Family Law Sections
  • Washington D.C. Bar Association
  • International Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo Bar Associations
  • Queen’s Bench
  • California Women Lawyers Association
  • Armenian Bar Association
  • California Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • San Francisco Board of Realtors
  • San Francisco Apartment Association
  • Real Estate Broker, 1997 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1995 - Present
  • Baker, Wright, Dear & Deome, Associate, 1985 - 1988

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Candidate to the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Turkish
  • Spanish