About Christopher Stender
With over 20 years of legal experience, Christopher Stender specializes in immigration law. In addition to representing employers seeking visas for key employees and helping families reunite with relatives, Mr. Stender assists many individuals facing deportation and removal proceedings. He regularly accepts clients detained or imprisoned in San Diego, San Pedro, and El Centro, California, facilities and those held at Florence and Eloy, Arizona, detention centers. Christopher Stender does not shy away from difficult cases or novel approaches to achieving the best possible result for his clients. He is skilled at appellate practice and has argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. A zealous advocate for his clients, he also seeks to improve immigration law for the benefit of all.
Christopher Stender is a founding partner of Stender & Lappin, P.C., a San Diego, California, firm established in 2008. He has been in private practice since 1993. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Stender served as Assistant Chief Counsel of the San Diego District office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In 1987, he graduated from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, and received his law degree from the Syracuse University Law School in 1990. Fluent in Spanish, he also speaks German, having spent a year at the University of Würzburg in Germany while an undergraduate. Christopher Stender and his associates offer bilingual legal services to their clients, many of whom are not fluent in English.
Christopher Stender is a member of the New York, Connecticut, and Arizona State Bar Associations. He is a member and former Vice President of the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He also holds membership in the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Arizona . Committed to his family and community, Mr. Stender supports the Cesar Chavez Elementary School, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and is active in the Grace Point Church.