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    Christine Landis (previously Gertsch), a partner with the Firm, has been with the Firm since 2014. Since then, she has focused on criminal defense, and regularly appears in Connecticut’s state and federal criminal courts. She represents clients in felony and misdemeanor cases, and is experienced with all aspects of Connecticut criminal procedure and the court process from investigation or arrest through disposition.

    While Christine handles all criminal charges, she co-chairs the Firm’s Domestic Violence and Sex Assault Crimes Practice Groups. Since 2014, Christine’s advocacy has led to the dismissal of over 100 felony and misdemeanor cases. Christine is also an experienced trial attorney, having tried both jury and bench trials to verdict.
    In addition, Christine represents the Firm’s clients in Department of Children Families (“DCF”) investigations. She is also experienced in Connecticut juvenile courts, and has successfully helped both minors facing juvenile charges and their families.

    Christine practices frequently in Connecticut Federal Court, where she has represented clients charged with federal crimes, clients being investigated or who have received United States Attorney target letters, and clients who are cooperating with the United States government in investigations.

    Christine is also experienced in representing clients in front of state agencies. She has represented clients in investigations and hearings in front of Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood, Department of Public Health, and Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

    Christine’s Recent Work

    • In 2018, Christine obtained a dismissal of her client’s cyber-harassment charge, after successfully arguing that her client’s arrest violated his First Amendment right to free speech.
    • In 2018, Christine successfully achieved a Superior Court dismissal order for a client facing felony gun charges, which would have exposed her client to mandatory jail time if convicted.
    • In 2017, Christine successfully defended a client facing a felony gun charge during a jury trial, which resulted in a unanimous “not guilty” verdict and an acquittal for her client.
    • In 2017, Christine was able to obtain a dismissal for a client facing 75 criminal charges, including 29 felony charges and over 200 years of jail.
    • In 2016, Christine was able to successfully argue for her client to receive a sentence of probation instead of jail time, although her client had a lengthy conviction history and faced over 15 years of incarceration.
    • In 2016, Christine served as co-counsel during a breach of contract trial where the jury returned verdicts in our client’s favor on all counts.
    • In 2016, Christine defended a client charged with Violation of Probation, and negotiated a disposition where her client did not have to serve any additional jail time, despite facing multiple years of incarceration.
    • In 2016, Christine served as co-counsel in a negligent homicide with a motor vehicle trial, which resulted in a hung jury. The charge was ultimately dismissed.
    • In 2016, after extensive negotiation, Christine obtained a dismissal order for a Larceny in the First Degree case for a client charged with stealing $470,000.
    • In 2016, Christine successfully took a cell phone violation to trial, where she cross-examined the officer involved and argued to the court that her client’s actions were not prohibited according to recent case law. Her client was found not guilty.
    • In 2015, Christine served as co-counsel in a civil trial where the jury returned a $1.3 million verdict in our client’s favor.

    **Previous representative matters or past successes do not guarantee future successes or similar results.

    In addition to her practice, Christine currently serves as a co-chair of the Fairfield County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee, which is a position she has held since 2016. She is a past co-chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section Criminal Justice Committee. Christine has also served as a mock trial coach at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Christine regularly attends criminal law seminars to receive additional legal training and education.

    Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Quinnipiac University. Christine then earned her Juris Doctor – magna cum laude – with an honors concentration in Criminal Law and Advocacy and an honors concentration in Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution from Quinnipiac University School of Law. While at Quinnipiac Law, Christine served as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Executive Vice President for the Mock Trial Honor Society and was a competition team member of the Society for Dispute Resolution. She was also part of the Northeast Regional championship team at the 2013 National Mock Trial Competition.

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    Court Admissions:

    • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, October 2014
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, July 2018

    Professional Awards

    • 2016: New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune
    • 2017: Connecticut Rising Stars, Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers*
    • 2018: Connecticut Rising Stars, Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers*

    Bar Association Memberships

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • Fairfield County Bar Association

    *Super Lawyers is a commercial publication, for information on how recipients are selected click here.


    • Immigration Law for Criminal Defense Attorneys, Fairfield County Bar Association, January 30, 2018 (Moderator and Program Chair)
    • DUIs in Connecticut, Recent Updates, Fairfield County Bar Association, November 9, 2016 (Moderator and Program Chair)
    • Juvenile Sentencing: Recent Developments and the Future of Juvenile Justice in CT, Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, October 21, 2015

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