Christine Peek

Christine Peek


Christine is a dedicated trial lawyer who enjoys untangling the complexities of the law.  Her law practice emphasizes business and constitutional litigation, including privacy claims, contract disputes, unfair competition, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, and other business torts.

She also frequently assists companies whose employees are harassed or stalked in obtaining civil restraining orders or other appropriate relief.  Her clients run the gamut from individuals to small and mid-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Christine has been certified as a CIPP/US by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”) since 2012 and keeps current on emerging trends in privacy law.  Drawing on her breadth of knowledge and experience, Christine relishes the challenges presented by developing areas of the law, and does not hesitate "to boldly go where no lawyer has gone before."

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  • Credentials


    • State Bar of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and Southern District of California
    • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


    • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP),  International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


    • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2004
    • B.A., San Jose State University, 2000
  • Experience

    Representative Matters

    • Successfully petitioned for and retained rehearing en banc.  The ruling from the panel of 11 Ninth Circuit judges overturned a three-panel decision of the Ninth Circuit, finding the federal government acted in bad faith, entitling the client to an award of $3.8 million in attorneys’ fees.
    • Obtained landmark California Supreme Court ruling which set statewide precedent for public records disclosure.  The Supreme Court unanimously held that when public employees use personal accounts to communicate about the conduct of public business, those writings may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act.
    • In the first case challenging the Government’s post-9/11 watchlisting practices to go to trial, prevailed on a due process challenge to the client’s placement on various terrorist watchlists. After eight (8) years of litigation and a week-long trial, the court’s ruling publicly acknowledged that the client presented no threat to the United States and was not reasonably suspected of terrorist activities.
    • Before trial, obtained a ruling that the client could assert constitutional rights against the federal government even though she lived outside the geographic boundaries of the United States.
    • Defeated a local government entity’s motion to dismiss in a complex dispute involving nuisance allegations against a property owner, and consolidated the case as it wound its way through state and federal courts.  This resulted in an amicable settlement, including the entity’s waiver of hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and fees previously claimed.
    • Represented the Santa Clara County Bar Association and prepared an amicus brief on its behalf before the California Supreme Court in In re Marriage Cases (2008) 43 Cal.4th 757.
    • Secured restraining orders on behalf of corporate clients.
    • Defeated summary judgment in a breach of contract case on behalf of a technology company, leading to a favorable settlement.
    • Managed experts and assisted in obtaining a multi-million-dollar settlement in a high-profile fraud and breach of contract case involving residential property.
    • Successfully defended an entertainment company in multiple actions involving allegations that the company had infringed free speech rights under California law.

    Reported Cases

    • Ibrahim v. U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Security, No. 14-16161, 2019 WL 73988 (9th Cir. Jan. 2, 2019).
    • City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith) (2017) 2 Cal.5th 608.
    • Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Cal. 2014) 62 F.Supp.3d 909.
    • Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security (9th Cir. 2012) 669 F.3d 983.
    • County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court (Naymark) (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 119.
  • Awards & Honors
    • Named A Woman of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2018
    • Honored as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the Daily Journal, 2016
    • Recipient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, Civil Rights, 2015
    • Named one of the region’s top 40 under 40 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2015
    • Honored by the YWCA of Silicon Valley with a Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, 2015
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Pro Bono Award, 2015
    • Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley’s Beacon Award for Diversity, 2015
    • Named to the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California list by Super Lawyers in 2013
    • Named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
    • Named to the Northern California Super Lawyers (2019)
  • Articles & Blogs
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Professional & Community Contributions

    Christine is an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, where she currently is the chair of the High Technology Section. She is a member of California Women Lawyers.  She is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  In 2014-2015, she served as a member of Santa Clara Law School’s Advisory Committee on the Future of Law Career Opportunities. Previously, Christine served as co-chair of the SCCBA’s Rainbow Committee, and was a member of the SCCBA’s Board of Trustees, its Appellate Courts Committee, and the Conference of Delegates.  Christine also served as managing editor of the Santa Clara Law Review, a mentor for the Leland High School Mock Trial Team, and a volunteer for the nonprofit agency, Fresh Lifelines for Youth.