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Chris Lim joined Pine Tillett Pine LLP as an associate in 2019. Mr. Lim has practiced appellate law continuously since 2012 when he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. There Mr. Lim prepared bench memoranda on a wide array of issues including civil rights, employment discrimination, and tort law. Since then, Mr. Lim has briefed and argued many civil and criminal appeals in both state and federal courts. Mr. Lim is also a proud graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming.

Before joining Pine Tillett Pine LLP, Mr. Lim was a solo practitioner. In that role, he handled many diverse matters including successfully settling a decades-old prison litigation originating from an inhumane, year-long lockdown at a California prison; reuniting a wrongfully accused Native American woman with her children by obtaining a dismissal from the dependency court; and obtaining a total reversal of a criminal conviction based upon a faulty plea agreement in which the trial court was held to have not taken a voluntary and intelligent waiver from the defendant.

Mr. Lim graduated from New York University where he studied mathematics and history. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. During law school, Mr. Lim was an extern to the Honorable Robert H. Henry of the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005. Other court admissions include the United State Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Eastern Districts of California.

Mr. Lim was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. He is married to Pomona College Professor Sarah Raff who is a specialist in the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Their daughter is ten. Mr. Lim has taught Evidence and Wills and Trusts at the People’s College of Law, plays soccer weekly, and will certainly go skiing next season.

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