San Diego, California-based attorney Christopher Stender provides support to his community in a variety of ways. He works with and provides funds to a number of charities, such as Homeless Outreach, the Cesar Chavez School Mission, Grace Point Church, and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. Christopher Stender also participates in the YMCA’s Indian Princess program, which sponsors camping trips and other events that foster quality father-daughter relationships. The bulk of the assistance he gives to the community is his work as a lawyer. For 20 years, Christopher Stender has helped clients get through problems such as deportation, removal, exclusion, bond, and other immigration-related cases. Mr. Stender launched his career in 1990 working with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Diego. In 1993, he started his own firm, Stender & Larkin, which operated in Phoenix, Tucson, and Elroy, Arizona, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada, and San Diego.
In 2004, he formed the partnership of Stender & Pope, narrowing the focus of his practice to Phoenix and San Diego. By 2008, he had refocused uniquely on the San Diego region with his new firm Stender and Lappin, where he still works today. Christopher Stender is the former Vice President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Arizona, and he still remains a member. He is also a member of the Arizona Bar’s Immigration Section and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Mr. Stender was admitted to the bar associations of New York and Connecticut, and he is an inactive member of the Arizona State Bar. Over the course of his career, he has argued cases in courts across the nation, including the Supreme Courts of Arizona and Connecticut, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.