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Christian Abasto

Christian Abasto

Disability Rights California
Managing Attorney
San Diego, CA, USA


Christian Abasto
Contract Attorney and Former Director of Litigation at the Public Law Center

Christian was responsible for the development of long-term strategies to maximize the impact of the Public Law Center’s legal work.  He was also responsible for the supervision of attorneys in complex litigation and policy advocacy matters.  Christian joined PLC’s staff in 2011.

Christian began his career at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) in 1997 as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps attorney.  Four years later he transferred to the Housing Unit, where he handled complex litigation in State and Federal court on a wide variety of housing issues including rent control and Section 8.  Christian was instrumental in assisting tenants to assert their rights against landlords and government entities, resulting in significant monetary settlements for the tenants and rehabilitation of slum buildings in the City of Los Angeles.  He also advised and assisted government entities and tenant organizing groups in the development and drafting of local and state laws.  Christian handled appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the California Court of Appeal, and the Appellate Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Christian was lead counsel in the 9th Circuit published decision in Barrientos v. 1801-1825 Morton LLC, 583 F.3d 1197 (2009).

In 2008 Christian became the managing attorney of the Housing and Eviction defense units of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.   Under his leadership the Housing and Eviction defense units nearly doubled in size and substantially increase the quality and quantity of legal services to low-income Angelenos.  Because of Christian’s leadership LAFLA and its partners received a $10 million grant to provide coordinated legal services, social services, and rental assistance.  He also played a lead role in the development of the Eviction Representation Shriver Project in Los Angeles which was awarded an $8 million grant by the State of California.

Christian received a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and his J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1997.  He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Christian Abasto is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Appeals and Writs - Advocates’ Guide for Protecting Tenants’ Rights: Advanced Unlawful Detainer Defense, Thursday, March 10, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Appeals and Writs - Appeals and Writs, Thursday, March 10, 2016
Transcripts  Transcripts Appeals and Writs - Appeals and Writs, Thursday, March 10, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Appeals and Writs - Appeals and Writs, Thursday, March 10, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advocates’ Guide for Protecting Tenants’ Rights: Advanced Unlawful Detainer Defense, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast California Eviction Defense 2.0: Beyond the Basics of Protecting Low-Income Tenants 2018 (Free), Wednesday, March 07, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Pro Bono  Pro Bono California Eviction Defense 2.0: Beyond the Basics of Protecting Low-Income Tenants 2018 (Free), Wednesday, March 07, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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