Christopher L. Gaspard

Christopher L. Gaspard

Irvine, California

Chris Gaspard’s practice focuses on employment litigation and litigation against public entities. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, Chris worked for one of the largest law firms in California dedicated to legal matters involving police officers and firefighters. He later served as managing partner, and co-founder, of an 8-attorney firm in the Inland Empire. Over the last several years, he has successfully litigated numerous cases in both federal and state courts. In addition to having written multiple published legal articles and serving as co-editor of a widely distributed guide on California employment law, Chris has spoken at multiple seminars on employment law updates.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Chris Gaspard spent more than six years as a Riverside Police Officer and five years as a U.S. Marine. That experience makes him a uniquely qualified and remarkably dedicated member of the firm. While enlisted in the Marine Corps, Chris was meritoriously promoted twice, achieving the rank of Sergeant. As a member of 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment he participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1992-93 as well as training Operations in Japan and Thailand. He also served in Combat Service Support Group 1 before completing his enlistment.

After leaving active duty service, Chris was hired by the Riverside Police Department. He graduated at the top of his Riverside Sheriff’s Academy class, earning awards for Top Academic Achievement, Top Physical Training, and Top Overall Achievement. As a Riverside Police Officer, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, the SWAT team, and the Honor Guard. As a police officer, he received numerous commendations for his aggressive policing and attention to detail.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from California Baptist University, Chris attended Pepperdine University School of Law. His distinguished academic record and legal writing skill earned him a position as an Associate Editor on the Pepperdine Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor degree. Chris has also been published in the Pepperdine Law Review. See Chris Gaspard, Kimbrough and Gall: Taking Another “Crack” at Expanding Judicial Discretion Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 36 Pepp. L. Rev. 757 (2009).

Prior to his admission to practice law, Chris worked as an intern in the U.S. District Court and as a law clerk for the largest litigation firm in the Inland Empire. Chris is admitted to practice law in all U.S. District Courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Supreme Court. He has also participated in briefing public employee First Amendment issues in the United States Supreme Court.


Areas of Practice

  • 50% Employment Litigation
  • 25% Civil Rights
  • 25% Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2012
  • California, 2011


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 2008
    • Law Review: Pepperdine Law Review, Associate Editor
  • California Baptist University, Riverside, California
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 2005
    • Honors: President’s List
    • Major: Criminal Justice Administration

Published Works

  • Kimbrough and Gall: Taking Another “Crack” at Expanding Judicial Discretion Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 36 Pepp. L. Rev. 757, 2009
  • Pocket Guide to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, 15th ed., 2014
  • Amendment to POBR Statute, POBRA Magazine, January 2010, at 14-15.

Past Employment Positions

  • Gaspard Castillo Harper, APC, Partner, 2013 - 2015
  • Lackie Dammeier McGill & Ethir, APC, Attorney and Law Clerk, 2009 - 2013
  • US Marines, 1991 - 1996
  • Operation Restore Hope (Somalia), 1992 - 1993


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