Christopher Pisano


Tel: (213) 617-7492


At a Glance

Chris represents both public and private clients in litigation matters.
He served as lead trial and appellate counsel for the City of Covina in a 2011 published search and seizure case before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Chris earned his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Christopher Pisano represents public agencies and private corporations in a variety of litigation matters, including land use, property valuation, water rights, health care litigation, unfair competition, inverse condemnation, construction, civil rights and general business disputes. Chris has represented numerous public agencies in state and federal court matters, including:

  • County of Los Angeles
  • Oxnard Harbor District
  • Gold Coast Health Plan
  • ​LA Care Health Plan
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Riverside County Transportation Commission
  • County of Los Angeles, Corona Housing Authority
  • Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
  • Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
  • County of Shasta
  • San Bernardino County Flood Control District
  • Helix Water District
  • Kern County Water Agency
  • The cities of Azusa, Claremont, Colton, Covina, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Paso Robles, Thousand Oaks and Yorba Linda, among others

He also represented private corporations in a variety of real estate and business litigation matters, including Transamerican Auto Parts, Excel Skateboard Supply, California Steel Industries, Econolite Control Products, Lexxiom, TRL Systems and Union Pacific Railroad Company. Chris also served as special eminent domain counsel for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency in property acquisition for the Staples Center sports and entertainment complex.

Chris represented the County of Los Angeles and the Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles in class action and representative action litigation for housing and employment benefits, and defended several cities and counties against claims of wrongful arrest, wrongful search and seizure and excessive force. Chris also represents Gold Coast Health Plan in a broad range of health insurance coverage and other contract disputes with health care providers, and also represents Riverside Medical Clinic in an insurance coverage dispute. He also served as lead trial and appellate counsel for the City of Covina in a 2011 published search and seizure case before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — Dougherty v. City of Covina, et al. — in which the appellate court affirmed dismissal on the grounds that the investigating officers were entitled to qualified immunity, and that plaintiffs did not plead sufficient facts to attribute liability to the city and supervising officers.


  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, B.S.


  • California


  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, Litigation, 2005-2007
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 26, 2018

Staff & Board: Defining Roles, Staying Inside the Lines

Partners Ruben Duran and Christopher Pisano Write for PublicCEO

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 27, 2018

Pre-Condemnation Depositions of Appraisers

Partner Christopher Pisano Shares Right to Take Trial Strategy in IRWA Sacramento Newsletter

Legal Alerts Dec 21, 2015

Design Immunity for Public Agencies Clarified by California Supreme Court

Decision touches on a crucial issue in public agency tort defense

  • “Public Entities’ Discretion in Approving Construction Designs Strengthened,” BB&K Legal Alert, Aug. 2, 2013
  • “Dangerous Condition Liability: No Dangerous Condition Based Solely on Third Party Conduct,” BB&K Legal Alert, Jan. 11, 2013
  • “Dangerous Condition Liability: Improvements on Other Public Properties Do Not Defeat Design Immunity,” BB&K Legal Alert, Jan. 8, 2013

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