Chris R. Farnsworth


“Good lawyering is more than just sound legal research, argument, and trial advocacy. While these skills are undoubtedly important, an effective lawyer evaluates disputes with an eye towards practicality and an emphasis on the client’s commercial position. I approach disputes from a business-forward perspective, striving to achieve the best possible outcome in the most efficient way possible.”


About Chris.

Chris joined Peacock Piper in 2019 and his practice focuses on resolving disputes for clients in the maritime sector. Chris also practices general business litigation and has experience evaluating and negotiating commercial transactions. Chris has extensive experience solving complex problems for his clients, whether it be through negotiating a favorable outcome or succeeding at trial.

He prides himself on his ability to strike the balance between efficacy with efficiency. Chris received his law degree from Pepperdine University, where he also received a master’s degree in dispute resolution. Chris spent his undergraduate years studying economics at Elon University in North Carolina, where he also lettered on the men’s varsity golf team. 


100 West Broadway Suite 610
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
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Direct: +1 (562) 320-8901
Main: +1 (562) 320-8880
Fax: +1 (562) 735-3950


Elon University B.S. Economics (2009)

Pepperdine University School of Law J.D. / M.D.R.   (2012)



Practice Areas.

Maritime, Marine Terminals + Transportation.

Chris represents commercial ship owners, charterers, ship operators, terminal operators, and their insurers and has handled a broad spectrum of general maritime matters including cargo claims, arrests and attachments, charterparty and bill of lading disputes, personal injury claims, and serious marine casualties. Chris has conducted countless on-board investigations to protect his client’s interests, including emergency response to shipping casualties, casualty investigations, port state control investigations, internal/shoreside investigations, evidence preservation and pollution incidents. He is also well-versed in the numerous regulations facing owners and operators calling at California’s ports, including those relating to oil pollution, air emissions, ballast water treatment, invasive species, and migratory birds to name a few.

Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation + Trial.

Chris advises small businesses and large corporations in a wide array of disputes, ranging from commercial, contract, intellectual property, unfair competition, trade secret, tortious interference, defamation, real estate, and general employment matters. Chris has represented commercial clients in California state courts, United States federal courts, as well as in both domestic and foreign arbitrations.  

Corporate, Transactional + Intellectual Property.

Chris assists clients with a broad range of transactional matters including secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and has assisted with the drafting of vendor and service agreements, as well as standard terms and conditions.