Farnaes & Lucio, APC

Posted on January 28, 2019
Farnaes & Lucio, APC

Farnaes and Lucio attorneys are experienced advocates who work hard to achieve fair, practical solutions for our clients. Established in 2010, our attorneys have a combined 65 years of experience practicing law in Southern California and beyond. Our practice includes civil litigation, business, employment, personal injury, and transactional matters and our clients include both individuals and businesses. Our attorneys are here to help you resolve difficult legal disputes and to advise you on your next business move.


Farnaes & Lucio, A Professional Corporation

We are committed to delivering superior legal representation and personalized service to all of our clients, regardless of whether the client is a Fortune 500 company or an employee barely earning minimum wage. We believe that our clients deserve our very best efforts and we work to deliver it on a daily basis.

We represent large and small businesses, as well as individuals, in actions throughout Southern California. We are problem solvers, counselors, advisors, litigators, and trial lawyers dedicated to furthering the goals and interests of our clients.

Our professional services include advice, counseling, and litigation services in a variety of practice areas, such as business disputes, contracts, class actions, employment, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, real estate, and construction. We have an extensive general civil and business litigation practice.

We regularly litigate against the most sophisticated firms in the nation, and consistently achieve superior results.

We are licensed in all State and Federal Courts in California.


Legal Team

Malte L. L. Farnaes,
Attorney At Law

Mr. Farnaes is an experienced trial attorney representing businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation. Since 2002, Mr. Farnaes has successfully prosecuted over 500 cases for Plaintiffs and Defendants in diverse areas of law including employment, intellectual property, fiduciary duty, advertising, corporate governance, real estate, discrimination, as well as business to business disputes.  

In addition to handling individual cases, Mr. Farnaes prosecutes and defends nationwide class actions. Mr. Farnaes has resolved cases totaling over $50 Million in dispute, and has also handled other non-monetary, yet high stakes matters requiring emergency restraining orders and injunctions.

Mr. Farnaes founded Farnaes & Lucio in 2010 based on a philosophy that clients deserve vigorous representation in court, as well as thoughtful and pointed counsel outside the courtroom. Prior to establishing the firm in San Diego, Mr. Farnaes was a litigator at a prominent national law firm based in Washington D.C.

In addition to  his work as a lawyer, Mr. Farnaes also serves as the Honorary Consul of Denmark in San Diego, California. Mr. Farnaes is available to assist in all matters concerning Danish nationals and Danish interests in Southern California.


  • University of California, San Diego – B.A. – 1997
  • University of San Diego School of Law – J.D. – 2002

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California (Bar No. 222608)
  • United States District Court, Southern District California
  • United States District Court, Central District California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District California
  • United States District Court, Northern District California

Email: malte@farnaeslaw.com


Christina M. Lucio,
Attorney At Law

Christina Lucio’s practice focuses on employment and business litigation, and counseling. Ms. Lucio has successfully litigated disputes through trial in state and federal courts throughout California for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Ms. Lucio represents diverse clients in all phases of litigation. She has represented small and large businesses, as well as individuals, in a variety of cases including class actions, contract disputes, antitrust, banking, business, intellectual property, construction, real estate, and other matters.

Ms. Lucio has an extensive practice in the area of employment law. She represents employers and employees in employment disputes including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, defamation, wage and hour matters, and trade secret disputes. Ms. Lucio also advises employers regarding various personnel issues, employee handbooks, discipline and termination, and developing policies and procedures to avoid employee claims and litigation.

A substantial part of Ms. Lucio’s practice focuses on class actions. Ms. Lucio has served as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous wage and hour and false advertising class actions.


  • University of Southern California – J.D. – 2007
  • University of California, Riverside – B.A., Political Science – 2003
  • Hon. Sandra S. Ikuta, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – – 2007

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California (Bar No. 253677)
  • United States District Court, Southern District California
  • United States District Court, Central District California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District California

Email: clucio@farnaeslaw.com


Mitchell J. Murray,
Attorney At Law

Mitchell Murray is an attorney at Farnaes & Lucio focused on the areas of employment law and personal injury. Mitchell is dedicated to representing employees who have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation. He also fights for the maximum compensation for individuals who have been injured in auto accidents, slip and falls, or by defective products.

Mitchell is a native of California. He obtained his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego where he majored in Political Science. He then received his J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Between college and law school, Mitchell worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a congressional staffer, representing the constituents of California’s 50th Congressional District.

Mitchell is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and the Federal Courts of the Southern and Central Districts of California. He is a proud member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

Mitchell spends his free time surfing, playing basketball, and volunteering at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego and Rancho Coastal Humane Society.


Areas of Practice

Business Transactions

Whether you need to set up a new business or whether your existing business is looking to partner with someone on a new venture, we can help.

Real Estate & Construction

The firm also handles all manners of disputes regarding real estate and construction, from simple neighbor disputes to complex construction defect cases.

Class Actions

Farnaes & Lucio attorneys represent both plaintiffs and defendants in complex state and nationwide class actions.

Trade Secrets, Trademarks & Copyrights

The firm helps clients identify and protect their valuable intellectual property, including trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights.


The firm advises both employers and employees on compliance, hiring, termination, wage and hour matters, harassment, discrimination, and employee mobility issues.

General Civil & Business Litigation

We are aggressive advocates for our individual and business clients throughout the state of California.

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