Christopher Dunakin, Esq.

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Practicing law since 1997, Christopher has successfully counseled clients through all phases of litigation, understanding each client must receive the utmost attention regardless of the monetary stakes or legal issues involved. Christopher handles litigation, subrogation and coverage matters for major insurance companies covering a wide range of practice areas, including homeowner liability, business disputes, general commercial liability, farm, automotive, disability, workers compensation and E&O matters. He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in state, federal and appellate courts, with areas of expertise including tort/personal injury, premises liability, business disputes, construction defect, real estate transactions, landlord/tenant, employment, sports injuries, off-roading/motocross injuries, and insurance coverage/bad faith.

Christopher is a Buckeye, born in Elyria, Ohio in 1971. After his family moved to California, he graduated from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California and the University of California, Davis with a double major in Economics (high honors) & Communication (highest honors). He was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. 

Christopher returned to Ohio to pursue his legal education at The Ohio State University College of Law. He graduated in 1997, earning a departmental citation in Legal Ethics. While in law school, Christopher laid a practical foundation for his future legal career by both working as a law clerk at Reminger & Reminger (the largest Ohio firm at the time of his clerkship) and as a Legal Extern for Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer.

In his professional career, Christopher initially served as an Extern and General Counsel under Governor Pete Wilson’s administration. He later became a partner at Grant, Genovese & Baratta, LLP. He is now a founder of Wilcox Dunakin Chrisopoulos, LLP, located in San Clemente, California. Christopher’s practice focuses on handling all legal matters confronting his clients—including individuals, families, professional athletes, local businesses, and major California, national and international corporations.

Christopher is married and has two daughters. He coaches youth soccer, softball and basketball, volunteers within his community, and continues to pursue his own athletic interests, which include basketball, softball, soccer and physical training. On Saturdays in the Fall, you will also undoubtedly see a “Buckeye” flag proudly flying outside his home and cheers of “O-H-I-O” emanating from within.

Contact Information

Christopher Dunakin, Esq.

Wilcox Dunakin Chrisopoulos, LLP

1520 N. El Camino Real, Suite 4
San Clemente, CA 92672

Phone: (949) 272-0800
Fax: (949) 272-0789


The Ohio State University College of Law (Drinko Hall) – (1997)

  • Juris Doctor (JD)

University of California, Davis  (1994)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Honors) & Rhetoric and Communication (Highest Honors)