Christopher D. Valentino


Chris Valentino is an associate in the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillion. He is a member of the litigation team, focused in business, real estate, and construction.

As an analytical and multidisciplinary advocate, Chris is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals through creative and efficient problem solving. Chris is a proud graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and brings a unique background and skillset to Newmeyer & Dillion, including:
Top-Tier Research Skills. During law school Chris finely honed his research skills by serving as a research assistant to Chancellor’s Professors Richard L. Hasen and Gregory Shaffer. This experience enables Chris to approach even the most arcane research question with confidence.
Exceptional Writing Skills. Chris utilizes his past experience mentoring first-year law students in legal writing to craft persuasive and approachable documents for clients.
Client-Centered Service. For two years Chris worked in UCI Law's Community and Economic Development Clinic providing client-centered services for complex land use issues, including affordable housing development, corporate governance, and conditional use permitting. Through this experience, Chris learned how to develop tailored multifaceted strategies to achieve favorable outcomes.
A Collaborative Leadership Approach. Whether in the boardroom or the ballpark, Chris uses his collaborative and team oriented leadership approach to craft lasting solutions to complex problems.
Steadfast Tenacity. Although often masked by his cheerful demeanor, Chris is a tenacious professional dedicated to putting in the work success demands. While a law student, Chris leveraged his tenacity to help a client obtain a conditional use permit after a multi-year delay. Rather than shy away from the difficult tasks, Chris welcomes them. 

Before joining the firm, Chris broadened his knowledge of the law by volunteering at the Orange County Public Defender's Office, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and the Public Law Center. While at UCI Law, Chris served his community through a variety of leadership roles, including as a: community fellow, research fellow, and as the programming co-chair for the Public Interest Law Fund. Additionally, Chris served as co-chair of In Vino Veritas, a student organization dedicated to professional development through the study of viticulture, enology, and gastronomy.

• Presenter, “Professionalism and Collegiate Success,” Street Law Seminar for Middle College High School, October 2017
• Keynote Speaker, Second Annual Asian American Heritage Celebrations, Bowling Green State University, April 2015

• Co-Author, "The (Avoidable) Nightmare Before Christmas: Protecting Your Data This Holiday Season," Newmeyer & Dillion, November 2018.

• UCI Law Pro Bono Graduation Honors, May 2018
• UCI Law Legacy Award, April 2018
• UCI Law Faculty Award (highest grade in class): The Legal Profession, Community and Economic Development Clinic, Jurisprudence, Property, and Election Law
• UCI Dean's Award (second highest grade class): International Legal Analysis, and Remedies
• Bowling Green State University, Office of Residence Life, Professional Creativity Award, May 2015

• University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D., 2018, summa cum laude
• Bowling Green State University, M.A. College Student Personnel, 2015
• San Francisco State University, B.A. Political Science, 2013, summa cum laude

• California, 2018

• Orange County Bar Association