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Christina Semmer

Of Counsel

Christina Semmer is an experienced employment litigator, advisor, and problem-solver for her clients. Christina’s practice focuses on representing employers with respect to various disputes and challenges, including claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and alleged wage and hour violations. She practices in state and federal courts in California and handles matters in arbitration, mediation, and administrative proceedings.

Christina also provides advice and counsel, as well as remediation guidance, to her clients to assist them with avoiding and reducing litigation and liability risk. She regularly counsels clients on issues including employee discipline and termination, leaves of absence, the interactive process and reasonable accommodations, arbitration agreements, and recommendations for process-related improvements.

Regardless of the matter, Christina’s philosophy is to understand the client’s legal goals and business realities; work to identify the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses of each matter at the outset; and resolve disputes creatively, efficiently, and pragmatically – be it through early resolution or ongoing litigation. As a result, Christina has established a reputation for excellence and cultivated strong and lasting relationships with her clients.

A San Diego native, Christina attended college and law school in the Midwest. In law school, Christina was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution, one of the leading legal publications in the area of alternative dispute resolution – dispute resolution being a skill Christina has honed over a lifetime with four siblings and two (now-retired) attorney-parents.

Christina began her legal career as an attorney at a Minneapolis-based AmLaw 100 firm, Faegre Baker Daniels (now Faegre Drinker), where she practiced in the complex commercial litigation group, handling matters involving breach of contract and business tort claims, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, securities fraud, civil RICO, and FCPA and healthcare fraud investigations.

Upon her return to San Diego in 2014, Ms. Semmer served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nita L. Stormes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California before re-joining private practice as an employment lawyer in 2015.

In 2023, Christina joined GBG LLP as its first San Diego-based attorney.


  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Macalester College
Key Practice & Industry Experience

Key Practice Experience

  • Commercial and complex litigation regarding a wide range of employment and contractual disputes
  • High-stakes advice and counsel on EEO and wage and hour issues
  • Trials, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings in state and federal court matters

Key Industries

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Won summary judgment in a FEHA sex discrimination case, obtaining judgment on all claims and negotiating plaintiff’s waiver of appeal.
  • Obtained dismissal of FEHA disability discrimination case due to plaintiff’s failure to prosecute after convincing plaintiff’s counsel to dismiss their client through presentation of factual and legal deficiencies in case.
  • Second-chair in a federal jury trial, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict for a Fortune 50 healthcare company on a former employee’s race and age discrimination claims;
  • Second-chair in an arbitration for a Fortune 50 healthcare company on equal pay, gender/race discrimination, and retaliation claims;
  • Won motion to compel arbitration and summary judgment in national origin harassment and discrimination case, which award was confirmed by the superior court and appellate court
  • Won summary judgment in FEHA and Title VII race and religious – discrimination and harassment case in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Professional & Civic

Publications & Presentations

  • Christina has authored blog posts such as: “California Companies Employing Teens Must Ensure Compliance with Laws Designed to Protect Minors,” Labor & Employment Law Blog, 05.27.2021.
Recognitions & Honors

Recognitions & Honors

  • Super Lawyers (2021, 2022)